The Presidential candidates who talk the most about going to war with Iran get the least in campaign contributions from the troops who would have to do the fighting. Ron Paul, the most outspoken opponent of war with Iran, gets the most.
Political campaign donations to Ron Paul from members of the U.S. uniformed military exceed donations to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum combined, in every branch of military service. President Obama gets more donations than Rep. Paul from employees of the U.S. Department of Defense, which I’d guess are mainly civilians.
Click on Why Does the Military Love Ron Paul? for background on the chart in Mother Jones magazine. The Mother Jones writer said that troopers are impressed by Ron Paul’s opposition to military intervention abroad, his libertarianism and the fact that he served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force and Air National Guard during the Vietnam era.
By the way, even though the U.S. Department of Defense is a huge bureaucracy, it is not a contradiction for libertarians to serve in armed forces, as the Mother Jones article implies. The libertarian philosophy is that national defense is one of the few necessary and Constitutional functions of government.
Click on Military Donors Prefer Ron Paul for a report from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Click on Ron Paul gets the most military donations for an independent report from Army Times.
Hat tip for the chart to The Agitator.
Note: My original headline was The uniformed military loves Ron Paul.