Being that I’m not a conservative, I think it goes without saying that I simply don’t understand the inner workings of the Republican mind. Heading into an election year, I fully plan to see a seemingly endless stream of right-wing ridiculousness making the headlines as Republicans battle other (more extreme) Republicans.
Heck, we’ve actually already seen some of these in the past year as tea party Republicans have been taking on established Republicans to demonstrate true dominance within the GOP.
Hey, I’m not complaining. It makes for great theater.
Take for instance Republican Representative Peter King saying Senator Rand Paul “doesn’t deserve” to be in the United States Senate for what he claims are Paul’s lies about the NSA surveillance program. Paul’s absurd lawsuit against the NSA prompted the comments from King.
King also went on to say of Paul:
“Rand Paul does not know what he’s talking about. And, Rand Paul is really spreading fear among the American people. To me, he’s either totally uninformed or he’s part of that hate America crowd that I thought left us in the 1960s. In any event, he doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate for spreading that type of misperception and absolute lies to be honest with you.”
Now, the NSA surveillance situation is multifaceted and a lot to take in. It’s easy to jump to an opinion based on assumptions, a news story or a few headlines — but the entire situation is extremely complicated.
But if I am going to listen to someone about the NSA and what they have to say about it, Rand Paul would be the last person I would listen to. After all, how can he be well-informed about such a complex issue when just a couple of months ago he admitted to plagiarism, basically citing “being too busy” as his reason for it? If you’re too busy to not plagiarize numerous speeches and articles, how exactly do you have enough time to absorb (and be factual) about a situation as complicated as NSA surveillance programs?
I can’t help but view Paul as that spoiled kid who’s riding his father’s coattails to everything (because that’s basically what he’s done). He just seems to say and do everything in hopes of pandering to the base of the GOP while still trying to appeal to the “Paul-bots” (those who are obsessed with Ron Paul no matter what he says or does).
Because reality is, if Rand Paul’s father isn’t who he is — we’d never have heard of Rand Paul.
And while I don’t completely agree with everything Peter King said about the NSA program, I can fully agree with him on one point…
Rand Paul doesn’t deserve to be a United States Senator.