“Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.’

– Former Rep. Ron Paul, on Twitter”

Those of us that write on what might be called the conservative side of politics are often accused of failing to criticize Republicans.  Regular readers know that I’m more than willing to take idiocy to task regardless of party affiliation.  Normally, I wouldn’t bother with the blatherings of an ex-Congressman, but because I’ve written on Chris Kyle several times, I’ll break my own rule at least once.

As Fox News reports, the backlash against Paul’s thoughtless tweet was swift, harsh and overwhelmingly critical.

“His comments were re-tweeted more than 800 times and most of the responses he received were negative.

Paul backtracked some and offered a clarification on his Facebook page.

He wrote: ‘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. Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. –REP’

Paul has spent much of his congressional career denouncing military intervention overseas. He publicly opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and called them unconstitutional.

‘A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies.”

So Rep. Paul not only has no idea of human nature, he has no idea of the scriptures and their meaning as well.  Obviously, the overwhelming majority of our military members, despite having to do violence on behalf of freedom, have died nonviolently, many years after their service.  And the scriptures make clear the difference between necessary and justified violence, and that which is not, as well as the difference between justified killing and murder.  All of Kyle’s efforts on behalf of America were well within man’s law and God’s law.  They were honorable, exemplary and necessary.  There can be no doubt that many are alive today because of Chris Kyle, and their names and numbers will never be known.

The American people aren’t always wise enough to avoid putting dangerously foolish people into high office, but in the case of Rep. Paul’s run for the presidency, we may have dodged a bullet.