Ron Paul Needs A Lesson in Tact

You’ve probably heard that tweet from Ron Paul about the tragic death of decorated sniper, Chris Kyle.

“Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.”

Really, Mr. Paul? As has been said by so many on Facebook and Twitter: Chris Kyle lived by the sword so that the rest of us wouldn’t have to die by it.  He was a hero, he saved many, many lives and was unapologetic for his service to this great nation. And why should he have apologized?

Chris was also a famous author, with the publication of his book, American Sniper , he told the world what he had done in defense of his country. He said one of his first kills was a woman with a toddler in one arm and a grenade in the other. Shocking?  Certainly.  But in jihad, women are as deadly as their male counterparts.  Chris Kyle saved lives by taking the lives of those who would do us harm.

Ron Paul, a long time congressman from Texas, with multiple failed presidential bids, has loudly protested against U.S. military involvement in other countries. For this stance, Paul has garnered favor with the Libertarian Party. Some have seen him as a voice of reason and sanity.  However,  with his recent shocking and disrespectful Twitter comment, he only garnered scorn. Some responded by asking him if he thought it was fine to murder veterans after they returned home from combat, as Mr. Paul’s tweet seemed to infer.

Chris Kyle, a former SEAL, had over 150 confirmed kills.  The Iraqis feared him so much that they put an $80,000 bounty on his head and called him al-Shaitan, or The Devil.  He was lethal to those who would do us harm and a comfort to those whose lives he saved with his deadly talent. He set up a service for fellow veterans who were suffering from PTSD, and was in fact, helping a friend on the very day that he was  maliciously murdered.

After receiving scathing responses for his original tweet, Ron Paul tried to backtrack by posting the following on his Facebook page:

“As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family,” the post stated. “Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. -REP”

Ron?  This doesn’t sound much like an apology for your cruel and thoughtless tweet. Perhaps Mr. Paul has forgotten that Christ also taught, many other things, among them compassion for those grieving.  It also says in the Bible, ‘to everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ This includes the following from Ecclesiastes:

1  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

If you notice there, Mr. Paul, it says there is a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war and a time of peace. The time to love Chris Kyle’s family is now.

Shame on you, Ron Paul. Shame on you.

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