John Ransom

We need a leader to speak out and make clear our intentions.

With Israel again under attack, the situation in North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe unsettled and bloody, it’s time for the grown ups to keep our rendezvous with destiny-- which has always been necessitated by the very best of reasons: America’s best interest.

For the last 80 years America has managed to keep the peace world wide—mostly-- and at a historically small cost. But there are some on both the right and the left today who are tired of this American greatness, tired of protecting freedom-loving countries like Israel, Ukraine and yes, even Iraq-- even when it’s in America’s best interest to do so.

So we need to hear from a “leader” on this.

And no, I’m not talking about Barack Obama. Or Hillary Clinton. Or John McCain.

I’d rather hear from Senator Rand Paul, the only politician inside the Republican Party who seems to have guts these days.

Because after spending a week at FreedomFest in Las Vegas I’m convinced of three things: 1) Rand Paul is the clear front runner for the GOP nomination; 2) a person needs more than 2 hours of sleep a night even in Las Vegas, even with a ton of coffee; and 3) without a muscular foreign and defense policy, Rand Paul can’t win the GOP nomination for president.

Even libertarians will admit this.

Which means we could all be doomed to another big government, big defense Republican who will trade GOP guns for liberal butter.

And not in an “either or" equation, where we trade one for the other, but in a “yes, and please” equation where we get guns and butter both.

The 2016 presidential election is going to be about a lot of things. One of the most important of things we can do is revisit—as we do from time to time-- America’s historical role in the world as a guarantor of peace and confirm it. Rand Paul’s lead in the Republican presidential horse race combined with his credentials with what can generously be called the isolationist crowd can help set the proper tone going forward.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.