Who’s really destroying the Republican Party?

Ramsey then notes the soberness of Paul’s position:

“Paul begins by allowing that Iran has militants, but says lots of countries have militants, and the Iranian ones are not much different. Then he says: PAUL: ‘Iran does not have an air force that can come here. They can’t even make enough gasoline for themselves…’ People like Santorum, he said, are ‘building up the case just like we did with Iraq. Build up the war propaganda! There was no al Qaida in Iraq. And they had nuclear weapons, and we had to go in! I’m sure you supported that war as well. It’s time we quit this. It’s trillions of dollars we’re spending on these wars.’”

Like Pat Buchanan, Paul was one of the few conservatives who opposed the Iraq War, saying Saddam Hussein didn’t threaten the U.S., had nothing to do with 9/11 and the evidence for weapons of mass destruction was shoddy at best. Most conservatives called both Buchanan and Paul crazy. Those “conservatives” were quickly proved dead wrong.

Buchanan and Paul now make similar predictions about the supposed threat posed by Iran, and the same Republicans — from Limbaugh to Santorum — are still calling them crazy. Based on what? Certainly not history, experience or facts.

As the Tea Party continues to prove, any genuine move toward substantive limited government necessarily requires a major and even unconventional reassessment of government policy. When Paul notes that “it’s trillions of dollars we’re spending on these wars,” any true fiscal hawk worth his salt would at least give pause to consider whether these expensive wars are really worth it. Cost-benefit analyses are inherently conservative. Blind and reckless wastefulness is not.

But like Democrats’ attitude toward welfare, too many Republicans refuse to be the least bit reflective about foreign policy — even though their reflexive zeal to support any war despite the cost is exactly what enabled the GOP to become the party of big government throughout the last decade.

Limbaugh says listening to Ron Paul will destroy the GOP. But Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush already did that. If conservatism is to survive, Rush needs to start listening to Ron — and so does the rest of the Republican Party.

Jack Hunter writes at the “Paulitical Ticker,” where he is the official Ron Paul 2012 campaign blogger.