Peace is Popular: Tulsi Gabbard Gets Grassroots Praise for Opposing War in Democratic Debate

The rise of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is showing that peace is popular, as the lovely Hawaiian made serious waves advocating for a non-interventionist foreign policy during yesterday’s first Democratic presidential debate.

“For too long our leaders have failed us, from taking us from one regime change war to the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end,” Gabbard said on Wednesday night.

She got into a heated debate with another contender, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) who argued the standard, boiler-plate warmongering position.

“You have to stay engaged in these situations. Nobody likes it. It’s long. It’s tedious,” Ryan said. “So I would say we must be engaged in this. We must have our State Department engaged, we must have our military engaged to the extent that they need to be.”

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“As a soldier, I will tell you, that answer is unacceptable,” Gabbard responded.

“The Taliban was there long before we came in,” Gabbard said. “They’re going to be there long before we leave. We cannot keep US troops deployed to Afghanistan thinking that we’re going to somehow squash this Taliban that’s been there, that every other country that’s tried has failed.”

As a result of her strong stance in favor of peace, Gabbard’s online following is booming. She won the Drudge Report poll asking who had the strongest showing in the debate by a wide margin. She also was the Democratic candidate who was searched for the most across the country, according to Google trends.

Many users on Twitter approved of her stances as well while the bloodthirsty establishment kvetched at her strong showing:

Although Gabbard’s socialist policies predicated on aggression undermine her dovish foreign policy stance, the grassroots swell of support that has coalesced around her is largely centered around her opposition for endless wars. It shows that, while Ron Paul may have retired, the sentiment that catapulted him to national prominence still remains. Peace is as popular as ever.

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