Interventionism, Or Lack Thereof

As you may or may not know, my two dogs hate each other.


That’s right.  Faith and Hope could give a rat’s ass about each other, and they have no problem with calling each other names, emitting guttural growls, and even scrapping it up given the opportunity.


Although we have plenty of safeguards in place to keep the two from fighting, every once in awhile, the firewall becomes a little porous.  It’s during those times that we have to intervene to stop the fight.


Consider the alternative.


Hope is a pit bull and could very well have it in her to fight to the death.  She’s done enough damage to Faith on two different occasions where we had to have Faith’s wounds sutured.


Damages and injuries to each other aren’t the only consequences to letting the two of them fight it out.  There’s occasional property damage, but more importantly, those of us here in the organization have taken on an injury or two in breaking up a fight.  Last summer, I was bitten on the hand at the base of my thumb.  It was just a few months ago that full feeling returned to my thumb.    Given that the fights do get ugly, both dogs wear harnesses which make it easier to break them up in case the brawl ensues.


Big picture, it’s generally inhumane to let the dogs fight without doing anything about it.


In pondering the whole idea of why we intervene in those battles, the idea of the Ron Paul foreign policy as I understand it comes to mind.  To be honest, I initially characterized the Congressman’s stand on foreign policy to one of isolationism.  As I listened to him in a debate or two, and subsequently endured a troubling internet encounter with a caustic minion of Ron Paul, I’ve altered my point of view to consider Ron Paul to be more of a non-interventionist instead of an isolationist.


As it is right now, I’ve encountered just a handful of Ron Paul minions on line out here on the internet.  Understand that any characterizations I’m to make of Ron Paul fans are based purely on the handful of people I’ve encountered, and they’re all my own opinion.


Ron Paul generally has a good message on adhering to the original intent in the Constitution.  I believe he could be a good Treasury Secretary or some other role in guiding monetary policy.  His stand on staying out of the fights of others concerns me though.


As much as we would like to ignore conflicts in some far off land and write them off as “not in my own backyard”, the threat of those events spilling over into our own country is too great a concern.


At this point, I could circle back to why I told you about  my fighting dogs.  It should be pretty obvious what the point is that I’m about to make, so I’ll just leave it at that.


Vote Responsibly Y’all.


Randy Tharp

TharpSter is a husband to one woman, a father to two kids, a master to two dogs, an occasional cubical occupant, and unable to make up his mind on an adequate theme for this website.

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