A: The sooner we come home, the better. If they declare thereís no progress in September, we should come home. It was a mistake to go, so itís a mistake to stay. If we made the wrong diagnosis, we should change the treatment. The weapons werenít there, and we went in under U.N. resolutions. And our national security was not threatened. Weíre more threatened now by staying.
A: I think the current policy is a decent policy. And the problem that we have with dealing with this subject is we see people as groups, as they belong to certain groups and that they derive their rights as belonging to groups. We donít get our rights because weíre gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if thereís heterosexual sexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isnít the issue of homosexuality, itís the concept and the understanding of individual rights. If we understood that, we would not be dealing with this very important problem
A: I donít think the profits is the issue. The profits are okay if theyíre legitimately earned in a free market. What I object to are subsidies to big corporations when we subsidize them and give them R&D money. I donít think that should be that way. They should take it out of the funds that they earn.
A: The president ran on a program of a humble foreign policy, no nation-building, and no policing of the world. And he changed his tune, and now we are fighting a war, and our foreign operations around the world to maintain our empire is now approaching $1 trillion a year. Thatís where the moneyís going, and thatís where it has to be cut so we can take care of education and medical cares that are needed here in this country.
A: I think it is the acceptance just recently that we now promote pre-emptive war. I do not believe thatís part of the American tradition. We in the past have always declared war in the defense of our liberties or go to aid somebody, but now we have accepted the principle of preemptive war. We have rejected the just- war theory of Christianity. And now, tonight, we hear that weíre not even willing to remove from the table a pre-emptive nuclear strike against a country that has done no harm to us directly and is no threat to our national security!
We have to come to our senses about this issue of war and pre-emption and go back to traditions and our Constitution and defend our liberties and defend our rights, but not to think that we can change the world by force of arms and to start wars.
PAUL: No. The fence was my weakest reason for voting for that, but enforcing the law was important, and border security is important. And weíve talked about amnesty, which Iím positively opposed to. If you subsidize something, you get more of it. We subsidize illegal immigration, we reward it by easy citizenship, either birthright or amnesty.
A: I think we should read the First Amendment, where it says, ďCongress shall write no law.Ē And we should write a lot less laws regarding this matter. It shouldnít be a matter of the president or the Congress. It should be local people, local officials--we just donít need more laws determining religious things or prayer in school. We should allow people at the local level. Thatís what the Constitution tells us. We donít need somebody in Washington telling us what we can do, because we donít have perfect knowledge. And thatís the magnificence of our Constitution and our republic. We sort out the difficult problems at local levels and we donít have one case fit all. Thatís why we shouldnít have it at a central level.
A: Well, weíve had four years to do this and it hasnít worked. The biggest incentive for them to take upon themselves the responsibility is just for us to leave. We donít need to lose 100 men and women every month, more than 1,000 per year. And so you want it done. You want them to take over. Youíve got to give them an incentive. So I think we should immediately stop patrolling the streets. Thatís a policemanís job. Itís not the work of the Army. Weíre not fighting a military battle. Weíre in a different type of warfare right now. So the sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can make sure that no more Americans will die.
The above quotations are from 2007 GOP debate at St. Anselm College, Manchester N.H., June 5, 2007, moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
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