Rand Paul Puckered Up and Kissed the Tea Party Right on Their Backsides During his CPAC Speech

rand-paul-cpacIt’s not secret that I think Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is an absolute joke.  For me, he floats between that spoiled kid who owes all his success to his dad and that kid in school who was pathetically desperate to hang out with the “cool kids.”

Though don’t think for a minute that I’m calling the GOP or tea party the “cool kids.”

Paul seems stuck between pandering to the so-called Libertarians who worship his father and the right-wing tea party radicals whose system of beliefs often contradicts what many Libertarians fundamentally support.

But someone really needs to tell Rand Paul that he stands absolutely no chance at ever becoming the President of the United States.  Moderate Republicans can’t stand him and even in tea party circles Ted Cruz is viewed much more favorably.

Even during his CPAC speech, while he was obviously trying to pander to the tea party, Paul seemed to be channeling his more Libertarian side.  He bashed executive overreach and the NSA and spoke strongly about the Second Amendment, Fourth Amendment and that owning a cell phone means you’re constantly under surveillance.

Paul said, “If you have a cell phone, you are under surveillance. I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business.”  He then went on a more tea party sounding tone by saying, “There is a great battle going on, it’s for the heart and soul of America.  The Fourth Amendment is equally as important as the Second Amendment, and conservatives cannot forget this.”

Yes, let’s all follow the Constitution to protect the rights of all Americans – until it comes to abortions or gay marriage.  Then Republicans have no problem violating the Constitutionally protected rights of Americans.

I always find it ironic when conservatives slam the NSA surveillance programs considering that they were empowered by a Republican president and a majority of Republicans in Congress with the passage (and continued support) of the Patriot Act.

To me it’s clear Paul is desperate.  His speech seemed to be a mix of his dad’s Libertarian views while trying to place his lips firmly on the backside of tea party voters.

But what resulted was just a scattered speech that lacked focus, direction and really didn’t have much of a point.  Then again, isn’t that what the Republican party is essentially built on?  Meaningless rhetoric that does nothing but suck up to the radical right-wing voters that simply want someone to stand up and tell them what they want to hear – even if it really doesn’t make any sense.

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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