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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  • Pipercat

    Great Pic! You can tell the octopus on his head is just resting!

    • strayaway

      Since libertarianism is the opposite of authoritarianism, it is understandable that some ‘progressives’ would take umbrage at the following,

      “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.”

      This all sounds pretty reasonable to me. It is amazing that progressives would be upset about such things and instead criticize Rand for having kinky hair.

      Note: While no Republican Senators opposed the Patriot Act, only one Democrat voted against it.

      • Pipercat

        Well Stray old bean, you’re preaching to the ex-choir. I was a card carrying, money donating member of the LP. Parts of which I still incorporate to this day. Then, I grew up politically. The quote is hyperbolic and blows the Conservative dog whistle with slight L flat tone. Rand Paul is a sell out, period. There ain’t no such thing as being little “L.” The Fourth has been wiped out by years of ideological judicial law making. Either he does not know this or he purposely dismisses it. Either way, in my opinion, he’s a buffoon…

      • strayaway

        Growing up needn’t mean selling out. I agree that “years of ideological judicial law making” have hollowed out the Fourth but it remains unfettered there on paper and a rallying point to return to. I like to make the comparison of the Church locking up scriptures and keeping them in a foreign language for hundreds of years because, it was explained, the rabble wouldn’t understand what was really meant anyway. Eventually, they were unlocked resulting in indulgences and some other things benefitting the 1%of that day being revoked. I’m optimistic that this could happen again.

      • Pipercat

        Growing up is a description of my experience. The selling out is for others. Two separate issues. As much as I might agree with the notion of unfettered, codified rights, the growing up part is about being pragmatic. This does not mean I’ve lost the capacity for dismay, outrage and/or hope, however.

        Too much from the up (as opposed to right or left) loses its perspective in regards to the real world around it. (That is from the diamond of Liberal, Conservative, Authoritarian and Libertarian) For example, TIA/Prism is perfectly legal. It sucks, but there it is. The only way to end the program is to force Congress to legislate its termination. Thanks to the internet, the rabble is making noise and perhaps, there is indeed hope for some optimism.

      • Jan Civil

        “progressives upset about such things and instead criticize Rand for having kinky hair”
        Can you make a point without a straw man like that?

        Do you agree with ‘if you have a cell phone, you’re under surveillance’? Because ‘the NSA’. If you have a cell phone, you don’t own the number. The NSA has been demonstrated to collect ‘metadata’. Do you fail to understand that term as well?
        The prefix ‘meta’ indicates through itself that it means data about data. But no, you like the storytelling that runs ‘They look at every thing you do’, ‘you’re under surveillance’.
        If this was an absolute freedom, then your freedoms are tied with a terror cell’s, no one can be looked at. Are you really this naive, or this petulant?

        You should look things up, if you are operating under a notion of constitutional protection vis a vis telephony, the Supreme Court of the US has not so much agreed with that.

        So what Rand Paul does is posture. Is he doing something about these things?

        You don’t really need to address the article, do you. If you were a particularly informed person here, you could understand that these things are under the purview of the Congress, and under regular judicial review. But no, you want to reduce the person that disagrees with you – and many of us appear to have a far better understanding of things, or least will acknowledge them, if you’re just resting and not truly a dead parrot – to talking about Randy’s hair. I have never brought that up once, myself. Some people like to poke fun. I would recommend you let that slide and focuse on what is before you substantively. If you can.

      • strayaway

        Q1) I was referencing the previous comment.
        Q2) Yes to both parts. The 4th Amendment requires that a judge shall order a warrant on an individual, not millions of people, upon probable cause. Do you have a problem with that?

        Rand Paul did more than posture when he filibustered the Senate until the Senate backed off on Obama’s proposed expansive use of drones. I suppose a sky full of drone cameras would somehow make you feel more secure but I’m not so much into designating Big Brother as my protector as you seem to be. I prefer the 4th Amendment as a buffer protecting my privacy and believe that there is no freedom without privacy. I’m sorry, but I don’t share your Orwellian vision. There was a time when progressives, or were they called liberals then, stood up for the civil right issues of their day.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Your paragraph on the NSA brings what I think is a prime problem in today’s politics. The NSA spying is an issue that unites people from a wide range of political ideologies. So why haven’t their elected officials worked together to rein in the abuses ? It is almost as if the politicos actually don’t want to do anything about it.
    BTW – your comment about kissing the backside – as Rand Paul pretends to be libertarian but firmly in the back pockets of Koch and the Tea Party, I doubt he is that flexible.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Of course, a long rambling speech full of word salad is a well known method of both wearing down the listener while maintaining the ability to deny what you said.

  • rossbro

    Paul is a desperate loon using every attention seeking method he can. Now he’s kissing the Tea Party’s hemorrhoids to get their blessing. This guy is unbelievable.

  • Gary Menten

    CPAC

    Corporations Purchasing America’s Congress