Rand Paul Isn’t A Reform Candidate, He’s Just More Of The Same

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Rand Paul for president? Yawn. I really hope that the Republicans who have mocked President Obama’s “Hope” logo for the last 6+ years are taking notes here. Remember how you guys laughed at all the people who fawned over then-candidate Obama as if he was the second coming of Jesus himself? Oh yeah, those people were a little bit nuts, but so are you if you think Rand Paul is really anything more than another Washington politician.

Now don’t get me wrong, Rand Paul is the most palatable of all the potential 2016 GOP contenders – if I had to choose between voting for a Republican and smashing my fingers, and both Home Depot and Lowe’s were all out of hammers. Seriously. To be fair, there are a couple of issues that Rand Paul and I agree on – like not getting involved in regional conflicts that aren’t our business or ending the failed War on Drugs – but he didn’t really mention either of those in his speech.

Here’s the first part of it:

I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We have come to take our country back.

We have come to take our country back from the special interests that use Washington as their personal piggy bank, the special interests that are more concerned with their personal welfare than the general welfare.

The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped. (Source)

How many times have we heard the same old promises to “fix Washington”? And if elected president, how many Republicans in Congress would actually go along with his agenda, if it was actually genuine and not just more of the same old contrived political platitudes?

For crying out loud, this guy’s whole speech is the same “freedom, ‘Murica, Constitution, hard work and greatness” shlock we’ve heard from just about every politician to run for office in the last couple of decades. Here’s an example:

From the time I was a very young boy I was taught to love and appreciate America. Love of liberty pulses in my veins not because we have beautiful mountains or white sand beaches, although we do, and not because of our abundance of resources. It’s more visceral than that. Our great nation was founded upon the extraordinary notion that government should be restrained and freedom should be maximized.

America, to me, is that beacon. We are unique among the nations that our — that our country stands for freedom. Freedom nurtured our country from a rebellious group of colonies into the world’s greatest nation.

When tyranny threatened the world America led the way to rid the world of Nazis and fascist regimes. Resolutely we stood decade after decade against Communism, the engine of capitalism finally winning out against the sputtering, incompetent engine of socialism.

We won the Cold War.

America and freedom are so intertwined that people literally are dying to come here. The freedom we have fostered in America have unleashed genius and advancement like never before. Yet our great nation still needs new ideas and new answers to old problems. (Source)

Hey Rand, do you actually know the difference between Communism and socialism? You do realize that the United States is a moderately socialist country, especially when it comes to corporate welfare?

You talk about how we need new ideas and new answers, but you bring nothing new to the table.

Sure, a bunch of libertarians will probably descend on the comments here shortly and talk about how both parties are the same, while ironically defending Rand Paul at the same time. They will of course miss the fact that Rand Paul is the Diet Coke of libertarianism and simply being against the War on Drugs or cutting spending on social programs does not a libertarian make. I’m also extremely wary of anyone who attributes their initial political success to Alex Jones from Infowars who is the leading conspiracy nut grifter in the entire United States.

In summary, the whole speech was the usual “let’s criticize Democrats and liberals for everything” shlock we’ve seen from every potential candidate without presenting any new ideas – and cutting taxes for corporations who are hiding their profits offshore or on people who are already so poor they don’t pay income tax doesn’t count either. Rand Paul isn’t a candidate with fresh new ideas, he’s just another Washington politician with same old ideas and a new coat of paint. Like his father, Rand Paul can be compared to a broken clock; he’s right twice a day, but another broken clock isn’t going to fix a broken political system. At least Ron Paul reminded me of a slightly more loveable Father Jack Hackett from the “Father Ted” TV series on Britain’s Channel 4.


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