Something For Ron Paul Supporters To Consider

I recently came across the writings of the Reformed philosopher, Steven Cowan and have been enjoying them immensely. He’s one of the few who appears competent to tackle non-Reformed Christian philosophers on the freedom of the will, and the foreknowledge and foreordination of God. I’ve been loving his introductory philosophy text, For The Love of Wisdom, so much so that I’m going to rebuild my gr 12 philosophy course around it. It’s too bad the ministry frowns on high school teachers using non-ministry approved texts for courses (hello Big Brother!) or it’d be the textbook for my grade 12’s next year.

Through his blog, The Cowan Chronicles, I’ve learned that while Cowan is a political conservative, he is not a fan of Ron Paul. He gave some reasons for this in a recent post, which I think Ron Paul fans need to hear:

For all those out there who are enamored with Ron Paul and his foreign policy, I ask you to consider some implications of his views. Specifically, I ask you to imagine what would be the case if Ron Paul had been President of the U.S. in 1941 when the U.S. (in actual history) was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor and subsequently entered into World War II. Think about it: If Ron Paul had been President in 1941. . .

China would probably still be under Imperial Japanese occupation.

The Philipines would still be under Imperial Japanese occupation.

Some of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska would still be under Imperial Japanese occupation.

Korea, Burma, and most of SE Asia would be under Imperial Japanese occupation.

Australia would very well have been invaded by Imperial Japan and would still be under its occupation.

Nazi Germany would still exist and would still be occupying most of continental Europe and problably Russia too and possibly Great Britain.

Nazi Germany would still occupy most of North Africa and would likely have extended its rule to Palestine and other parts of Arabia.

Ron Paul supporters might object to all this by saying, “Wait a minute! Paul does believe in military responses to agression against the United States. Japan attacked the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor. And then the Nazi’s declared war on us. So, Paul would not have objected to our participation in World War II.” However, this response falters on the fact that if Ron Paul were President in 1941, we would not have had any naval or military bases in Pearl Harbor for the Japanese to attack in the first place! And even if we had military bases in Pearl Harbor, the Japanese would not have attacked us given Paul’s non-interventionist policies. They would have gone about their business and invaded the Philipines, Australia, etc., and not had to worry about our naval fleet in Pearl Harbor.

Ron Paul’s foreign policy would have been naive and dangerous then (not to mention cruel), and it’s naive and dangerous now.