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Ron Paul Should Have Had The Podium At Republican Jewish Coalition Forum

December 7, 2011

Caffeinated Politics is not known for defending Ron Paul.  But this time the Republican Congressman and presidential candidate needs to be supported against those who tried to shut out his voice.

I have never supported those who want to shout down a speaker at a forum, such as on a college campus when rowdy elements heckle a speaker.  I think the back and forth of ideas in a frothy way is a vital part of the American experience, and as such should be encouraged.

But to get to the point of allowing for a frank discussion on any issue means one has to have the chance to mount the stage and take the podium.  Today Ron Paul was denied that opportunity when  a  forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition did not permit him from taking part.

The reason for his absence from the forum, according to the RJC, it that Paul has “misguided and extreme views” on Israel.  Perhaps that is the case, perhaps it is not.  At the end of the day Paul’s views are not the issue here.

Since Paul is a candidate for president with a sizable following that is reflected in all the polls, along with the needed funds to run a long campaign, should automatically have allowed him time before the RJC.

That Paul was excluded makes the RJC the story.  It shows how little firmness the RJC must hold in their own positions that they fear the words of one voice from Texas.

It the RJC is any indication of the mindset of most Israeli supporters in America, than the lone democracy in the Middle East is in dire need of new allies.

One Comment
  1. James Kay permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:21 PM

    Thanks.

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