Although he was personally angered by Japanese duplicity in their unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was calm and logical when he addressed Congress on December 8th, 1941. He asked for, and received, a Declaration of War against the Empire of Japan.
The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor hoping to wipe out the American fleet and insure Japanese dominance over the Pacific for the next few years. The Japanese wanted the land and resources of Asia to themselves, and they were not shy about taking it.
America learned a valuable, and painful lesson that day as Japanese aggression killed over 2,400 Americans:
The world is full of evil and dangerous people.
People who will kill you, your family and friends, and every one of your fellow countrymen in order to get what they want.
To ignore this fact will put you in great peril.
The Chinese ignored the continued aggression of Japan from 1931 to 1936.
Eventually, during the Rape of Nanking, the Japanese would massacre 200,000 civilians.
European leaders ignored the gradual rise to power of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party.
Over 60 million people would die during World War II as those leaders watched Europe fall.
Now, we have an American political leader named Ron Paul who believes that all aggressive behavior towards America is a result of our country "meddling" in the affairs of others.
He thinks it is perfectly OK for a genocidal regime in Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
He has an isolationist stance towards the rest of the world and wants to "bring all our troops home" from Iraq and Afghanistan.
And that is why I can't support him.
Ron Paul becoming President of The United States would put our nation in great danger.
Hundreds of millions of others around the world would instantly be risking their very lives from the threat of aggressive neighbors.
Ron Paul is correct that America does not need to be the policeman for the entire world.
But history has shown us that bad things happen when you ignore evil, and choose to do nothing instead.