You Pose Some Good Questions, Senator, But We the People Will Be Watching
America First means stop taking our hard-earned dollars as you’ve done for decades and decades and funneling it to your pals who funnel it right back to you. It means peace all over the planet, and that was proven in the first four years under Trump.
Neocon warmongers have already been at it on the Mockingbird media airwaves, claiming a war against Israel is a war against the United States, which is giving Washington reason to send direct military aid and weaponry to Gaza to help destroy it, which also is giving Washington reason to introduce a “bipartisan bill” that would give two billion dollars in aid to Israel. Even Rand Paul (R-KY), who seemed to put up some resistance against all the billions and billions that went to Ukraine, confirms he is all for sending money to Israel, but he believes we should be using the money we are currently giving to the terrorists.
You read that right. Sad thing is that such blatant theft of the American people has pretty much become common knowledge, but people still aren’t angry enough to stand up and fight. Too many would rather gobble down atrocity propaganda from the Middle East that Mockingbird poisons us with, and then let it inflame them to want to go blow up Palestinians–women and children be damned.
–When the thing we need to destroy is right here in our own backyard.
Paul said the following on Fox Business this week:
“[Democrats] wanted a billion dollars more for Iron Dome, and I said, ‘Sure I’m for that. Let’s take it from a fund that we fund the Taliban with.’ There’s still a couple billion dollars out there that we are […] the Afghan reconstruction fund that’s going to the Taliban to people who are not our friends, who are our enemies. [Interviewer question] They think that somehow when you give money to your enemies it makes them less of an adversary. We still give money to the Palestinian authority, we give money to the PLO. So what I would say is, ‘Sure let’s fund whatever Israel needs now, but let’s take it from funds we are sending to countries that don’t like us, that burn our flag, that chant Death to America.’ Why are we giving money to people who hate us?”
The senator is speaking some sense, at least. But while I appreciate Paul’s seeming concern for such reallocation of funds (not to mention his ongoing exposure of Dr Fauci and his treasonous, murderous crime against Americans), I would appreciate it even more if said funds would be redirected not at yet another infiltrated government we call our friend (see Ukraine), but instead right back to where it belongs, to where it was originally taken from. I think we all would. Yes, we know the dollar is collapsing, but it is our collapsing dollar. It belongs to us and always has, ever since we clocked in all those days of work and had to put up with the 99 problems that too many shifts and too many encounters with other human beings present to us.
This is why you have to be so very careful even when you’re a conservative listening to these people. Paul seems sensible in this interview. He has been going after one of our enemies in Fauci. It would be natural to simply gobble down everything he says indiscriminately–and that’s where the binary trap, the proclivity toward tribalism, comes in. We want to align our trust with someone, and since this “someone” in front of us has an “R” after his name and he loathes Fauci and he loathes the terrorists, then dawgon it we’re going to hand over every single morsel of our trust and money over to him.
Yet when you really think about it, you are left wondering. Why are we handing over a billion dollars for Israel’s Iron Dome in the first place? Exactly how much money are you giving them while we are forced to grin and bear it and pledge to you our undying conservative loyalty?
Senator Paul has actually been asking these questions, a point I will unpack a bit later in the article.
The binary is a trap indeed, though. Despite his positives, Paul is not “opposite” of the terrorists. He’s not on Team A and they’re not on Team B. He just works inside an organization filled with a different breed of them. Yes, he seems more libertarian on foreign policy than most. Yes, we hope he is truly representing We the People. And certainly it must be virtually impossible to get it right all the time when you’re having to fight so much.
But that is what he must continue to do. He cannot cave. He and his peers represent us, the people. We’ve seen too many conservatives get our hopes up only to later support policies that benefit only them.
The purpose of these forever-conflicts is to fill the pockets of U.S. politicians. It may not matter in the short term, but it is very important that we pay attention to where all of this money is going when they say they’re going to give Israel “whatever it needs.” Perhaps more accurately, we must pay attention to who is refusing to tell us where all of this money is going. Because as I argued in “To the American Government: Get Out of Israel’s Way,” that is precisely what happened with the Afghanistan debacle, that is precisely what happened with the Ukraine debacle, and that is precisely what happens seemingly every time these inflammatory events take place The American government convinces its citizenry that we have no choice but to fight the good fight, to sacrifice for the greater good, but the fact is that they don’t even sacrifice. We fall right into the trap of directing our patriotic duty toward the supposed innocent across the planet when we don’t even fight the real enemy destroying our own innocents here. We are too easily moved by appeals to our emotions, we are sucked into wars with no real purpose, and the government-media apparatus promises a quick end to things that never ever happens.
At some point people just quit following the story because it’s on to other distractions they’ve been shoving down our throats for years. We thus hand the villains an unearned victory on a platter of gold because of our refusal to take important things seriously. Billions and billions of dollars later, nothing has improved in the situation or region we can’t even point to on a map, the enemy still hates us, and truth-seeking patriots over here are stuck in the middle of it all wondering how on Earth we are going to turn this thing around when the very people who agree with us aren’t even agreeing with us.
Well-meaning patriots who may not know how corrupt our government is with our hard-earned money might benefit from reading this. Part of it is personal testimony. I understand the dilemma and the trap both:
I was a slave to the tribe [in 2001] and a lot of Americans still are. I even have to fight it….
So I trusted Bush [in the aftermath of 9/11]. And twenty years later Afghanistan was still a money-making machine for crooks in Washington before the Biden debacle in leaving the country in 2021. When something like the Hamas bombing happens, our instincts practically force us to one of two camps, an arbitrary binary that has proven incredibly manipulative and dangerous to the American people. In other words, patriots who want justice are quick to automatically think that we’re “the good guys” and the other side is “the bad guys.” It is incredibly wrong thinking, and one need only consider how he or she feels about the administrations of Obama and Biden to realize that America isn’t always on the noble path. Why would it be so if these politicians we so distrust and despise are in charge? How can we separate them from the notion of “America” when these suspicious events continue to take place?
The Deep State is inside America. It is the component of our beloved country that has been hijacked, and it is a globalist power subverting our patriotic efforts at national sovereignty. It is the termites to the wood. It does not give one damn about where the money comes from, as long as it keeps flowing into its pockets. Public support for the Ukraine war is over. Gone is the Speaker of the House. This tragedy in Israel is just the latest event–whether the Deep State knew about it or not–that it will set its sights on to capitalize on advancing both their wallets and their nefarious New World Order schemes.
Follow the money. Go back to the Iran Deal (Obama). Go back to 9/11 (Bush). Keep watching Ukraine and see if they start covertly packaging aid to it again under the cover of Israel.
Do you see the trap? This isn’t about Republican vs Democrat. This isn’t about America/Israel vs the world. Americans–especially ones who love their country–are caught in the unenviable position of wanting to side against the Hamas terrorists but of also having to admit that both the U.S. and Israeli governments and intelligence agencies stink to high heaven and have stunk for a long time.
The only binary that should matter is right vs wrong, good vs evil. And when events happen like this, for some reason, Americans forget the very evil right down the road at the courthouse or right down the road at the state capitol or right down the road in Washington, D.C.
This is what I am afraid of with a politician like Senator Paul. On the surface, he seems to be fighting for revivalist ideals, for conservative principles. He seems to be fighting as a patriot. In 2018, he even went against the grain concerning such funding to Israel:
“While I’m not for foreign aid in general, if we are going to send aid to Israel it should be limited in time and scope so we aren’t doing it forever, and it should be paid for by cutting the aid to people who hate Israel and America,” Paul’s office said in an statement.
As POLITICO’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent Nahal Toosi wrote:
“Sen. Rand Paul is infuriating Republicans and Democrats alike by blocking a pair of Israel-related bills, including one authorizing tens of billions of dollars in military aid for the country.… The dust-up is the latest example of how Paul is willing to throw a wrench into routine legislation to uphold his libertarian instincts, which make him skeptical of foreign aid. It also could hurt his already-testy ties to President Donald Trump, who sees the U.S.-Israel relationship as near-sacrosanct.”
Here’s how Senator Paul’s colleagues are reacting:
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): “At a time when Israel faces unprecedented threats, blocking a bipartisan bill that empowers the U.S. to stand with Israel is inexplicable.”
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE): “[Sen. Paul’s] stated reasons for opposing the bill neither make sense nor support America’s strategic interests.”
Sen. Paul’s actions have even drawn criticism from former Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), who was the original author of one of the bills: “I encourage the senator to speak with Governor Bevin and Kentucky voters if he doesn’t understand the anti-Semitism behind the BDS movement.”
Paul is receiving criticism about his resistance five years later, now that Israel has been attacked:
Critics, however, quickly noted that Paul has previously sought to block funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. The Iron Dome is Israel’s missile defense system that is capable of defending the country against short-range rockets. The U.S., which has provided billions of dollars to Israel, has also provided funding for the defense system.
A spokesperson for Paul defended his record on Iron Dome funding in a statement to Newsweek on Monday.
“Dr. Paul has never opposed Iron Dome funding and has always supported Israel and continues to stand with them during these horrific and violent acts of terrorism. During past debate in the Senate, Dr. Paul has advocated to fully fund the Iron Dome through cutting funding to Afghanistan which is now run by the Taliban. Democrats objected to his efforts and continue to send money to countries who wish to harm the United States and its allies,” the spokesperson wrote.
Paul in 2021 raised concerns about legislation that would allocate $1 billion to Israel for the Iron Dome which was supported by both Democrats and Republicans. He blocked the Senate from casting a quick vote on the funding, instead suggesting the Iron Dome funding should have come from an aid package already approved for Afghanistan, Politico reported at the time.
He ultimately blocked the funding four times, but it later passed in 2022 after months of delays.
Paul has never opposed funding the Iron Dome and has maintained support for Israel. Still, his critics drew attention to his blocking the funding following his statement over the weekend.
“You literally tried your best to withhold aid for the Iron Dome,” wrote attorney Bradley P. Moss on X, formerly Twitter.
“Rand Paul may just want to sit this one out. Paul blocked funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defensive shield for several months. (It was eventually passed in an omnibus bill in March of 2022),” Georgetown University Professor Don Moynihan posted on X.
Of course the wolves are out now, strawmaning the situation and seemingly the Senator too.
Senator Paul must not back down now from whatever principles we hope he holds sincerely. It is not his fault that Hamas did what it did to Israel. Yet still, that remains a whole lot of money going to Israel, ally or not. Perhaps this tragedy will shed light on that foreign policy reality to Americans who have been unaware of it for all these years. If I could talk to the good senator and the people he works with, I would tell them thank you for removing my money from my enemy’s hands for me, but dawgon it I’d appreciate it kindly if you simply put it back where you got it, instead of just sending it somewhere else yet again. It seems to be a principle Senator Paul holds in the first place.
May everyone named directly or referenced indirectly ask forgiveness and do penance for their sins against America and God. I fight this information war in the spirit of justice and love for the innocent, but I have been reminded of the need for mercy and prayers for our enemies. I am a sinner in need of redemption as well after all, for my sins are many. In the words of Jesus Christ himself, Lord forgive us all, for we know not what we do.