Maybe it's an opium dream to expect much to come of this recent Ron Paul phenomenon. But the fact is that according to the major polls nearly half of the American population support a "mind-our-own-business" non-interventionist foreign policy. About 2% of government officials feel this way, and those 2% are for the most part ignored by the largely pro-intervention media. So I think there is the possibility for a real populist movement if someone can effectively represent the sentiments of this half of the population.
According to the Pew Center poll, "The survey, conducted this fall and released today, found a revival of isolationist feelings among the public similar to the sentiment that followed the Vietnam War in the 1970's and the end of the Cold War in the 1990's..... Forty-two percent of Americans think that the United States should 'mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own,' according to the survey, which was conducted by the Pew Research Center in association with the Council on Foreign Relations" (NY Times, November 17, 2005).
PS Here's the Pew Research Center article
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
This just in from Grady Glenn: