Oliver Stone and Ron Paul: A Match Made in Isolationist Heaven

It’s hard to imagine anyone would actually be surprised that Oliver Stone would champion Ron Paul. After all, the two both seem to look at politics through a lens that someone brought back from the Bizzaro World. For those of you who aren’t Superman fans, the Bizzaro world is a place where everything is the opposite as it is on Earth.


Stone revealed his secret admiration for the Republican presidential hopeful in an interview for this month’s edition of RockCellar Magazine, in which Stone confessed:

There’s no way that we can continue this spending spree. In fact, I think in many ways the most interesting candidate – I’d even vote for him if he was running against Obama – is Ron Paul. Because he’s the only one of anybody who’s saying anything intelligent about the future of the world.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the simple fact that both Paul and Stone are isolationists who think the United States is wrong every time it uses military force to stop tyranny, torture or oppression in foreign countries.

In fact, later in the interview Stone said:

Why is it necessary for every candidate — except for Ron Paul — to pay obeisance to this hypocrisy that the U.S. is a good force in the world, and that it is the dominant force, and can be the policeman of the world? Since when? What gave us that right?

But many in the mainstream media missed the isolationist connection that Stone and Paul share and instead expressed shock over the fact that Stone is supposed to be a liberal. The Hill reported the story with these little reminders:

Filmmaker Oliver Stone, known for his liberal political views, said he would vote for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul over President Obama should Paul win the Republican nomination.

Stone was a vocal supporter of the president in 2008, and wrote an editorial in the Guardian saying that Obama could be the “heir to John F. Kennedy.”

Stone is also known for embracing some of far-left’s most notorious figures, such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Okay, Chavez and Castro may be the only far-left notorious figures Stone embraced. Let’s not forget his almost apologist portrayal of Adolph Hitler in the 2010 Showtime docudrama that he directed, “America’s Secret History.”

Upon the release of the film, Stone told the Sunday Times in England: “We can’t judge people as only bad or good . . . Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”

In a scathing response I penned for FOX News, I wrote:

Under the false pretense of putting Hitler “in context,” what Stone is really saying is that even the good guys like America and Great Britain helped him, which means he couldn’t have been all that bad.

That’s pretty hard to believe since it was the United States and Great Britain that heroically charged the shores of Normandy in 1944 and crushed the Third Reich into pieces, striking so much fear into Hitler’s heart that he abandoned his country, and in one of history’s greatest acts of cowardice, killed himself.

So, Oliver Stone didn’t really see just how evil Adolph Hitler really was. Now check this out:

In December of last year I broke a story on Big Government about a personal conversation I had with Ron Paul in September 2009 when I asked him whether or not he would have sent troops to save the Jews from the Holocaust if he had been president during World War II–even if Nazi Germany presented no threat to the United States.

Paul’s Response was simply, “No, I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t risk American lives to do that. If someone wants to do that on their own because they want to do that, well, that’s fine, but I wouldn’t do that.”

This doesn’t mean that Paul or Stone are anti-Semitic or sympathetic to the politics of the Third Reich. What it does show however, is that the two share a total disconnect from reality about how dangerous and how incredibly evil the Nazis were.

Obviously, neither one of them see what the overwhelming majority of Americans see, which is that if the United States had not stopped the Nazis when we did it only would have been a matter of time before they threatened the survival of the free world–not to mention the moral imperative of stopping the genocide and torture of what was happening in the death camps.

Ron Paul and Oliver Stone–an isolationist match made in heaven.