Rand Paul Caught Trying to Use Fake Quote from Founding Father to Justify His Ignorance

rand-paul-patrick-henryI’ve often referred to the Republican party as the “propaganda party” because that’s what I truly believe that it is. These are people who honestly and truly believe that they’re the only ones who stand for “Constitutional values.” They’re also many of the same people who claim this nation was “founded on Christianity,” yet can’t explain why there’s not a single reference to Christianity anywhere in our Constitution.

The conservative mindset is baffling considering how the Republican party is now comprised of southern conservatives, not the northern liberals who made up the majority of the party during the days of Lincoln. As we all know, southern conservatives have almost always been on the wrong side of history when it comes to our Constitution.

Well, what some Republicans also like to do is cite quotes said by our Founding Fathers (usually out of context) to try to make some point that if they were alive today they would surly be supporters of the tea party and the GOP.

Take for instance GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul, who found the need to “quote” Patrick Henry last week in South Carolina:

“Patrick Henry said this, Patrick Henry said the Constitution is about ‘restraining the government not the people.'”

Which is actually just a part of this quote:

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

Pretty clear cut, wouldn’t you say? It seems Patrick Henry was clearly anti-government and would be a tea party supporter if he were around today. These words couldn’t be more specific and oddly aligned very closely with much of what you hear from tea party Republicans today.

There’s just one slight problem: The quote is fake. There’s absolutely no evidence or record of Henry ever writing or saying such a thing.

But Paul’s not the only one who’s fallen victim to using fake quotes. A few weeks prior to Paul using this fabricated quote from Henry, Scott Walker did the same thing by trying to use a quote he claims was said by Thomas Jefferson… that was actually never said or written by the Founding Father.

Then just a few months ago Ohio Governor John Kasich, a potential GOP 2016 presidential candidate, was busted using a fake quote from Abraham Lincoln to justify his stance against providing free community college to all Americans.

It seems to be a growing trend where Republicans are so quick to try to justify their ignorance by citing great people from our past, that they’re too inept to even do a quick Google search to verify if these quotes are real.

Then again, when do facts really matter to conservatives? That’s why so many Republicans can be so loose with saying nonsense like what Paul did, because they know it doesn’t matter if what they’re saying is factual or accurate – it’s just about telling conservatives what they want to hear.

And when it comes to conservatives, especially those who align with the tea party, all they really care about is supporting those politicians who are most willing to pander to the delusions they’ve built up in their minds.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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