Under no circumstances have I ever been a fan of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). While I don’t loathe him like I do someone like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), he’s slimy on a whole other level. Not only that, but he’s just an absolute fraud.
While I never cared for Ron Paul, I could at least respect the fact that he stuck to his guns when it came to his very libertarian view of the world. While the elder Paul never stood any real shot at becoming president, at least when he ran he did so by keeping to his values – even if he knew doing so most likely prevented him from ever really being a serious GOP presidential candidate.
The same can’t be said about Rand Paul. What he’s trying to do is ride the coattails of his father to gain the support of the “Paulbots” (a term used by many on the left to describe those people who are/were overly obsessed with anything and everything Ron Paul), while still pandering to the Republican voters whose views on many issues are in direct contrast to libertarians.
Take for instance the recent comments he made at the Capital Hill Club during a prayer breakfast where he basically said that he doesn’t believe in a separation of church and state and he opposes marriage equality.
“The First Amendment says keep government out of religion,” Paul said. “It doesn’t say keep religion out of government.”
Actually, it does specifically say to keep religion out of government. That’s why it literally says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” – meaning that our government should not pass laws based on religion. Why would our Founding Fathers have specifically written in our Constitution that our government is not supposed to establish any sort of national religion, then proceed to want religion to dictate our laws? That makes absolutely no sense.
Then he went on to pander to the evangelicals in attendance even more, suggesting this nation needs a big “revival” of sorts, before saying that he doesn’t believe anyone has the right to redefine marriage.
“Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything,” he said. “In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”
So, don’t look for the government to solve anything… unless you want the government to pass and uphold bans on same-sex marriage, because Paul apparently believes same-sex marriage is immoral. In other words, the government won’t “solve anything,” unless you want it to pass bigoted laws aimed at denying Americans their Constitutional rights.
What I believe Paul has done with comments such as these is officially cost himself any shot at the presidency – not that he had any real chance at winning anyway. Rand Paul is the epitome of an article I wrote a while back calling out Republicans for trying to mix the ideologies of Ayn Rand with the religious beliefs of Christianity. It’s clear he’s trying to benefit from the legacy his father built, while also trying to pander to the hyper-religious aspects of the GOP that he knows he’s going to need if he plans to even stand a shot at winning the Republican nomination.
And that’s ultimately where the paradox lies for Paul, because he can’t do both. He can’t be the lover of all things religion one day, suggesting that religion has its place within the laws passed by our government, then go out trying to pander to the youth vote that often rejects many of the regressive social stances of the GOP.
Then again, this is the same guy who once staged a pointless filibuster concerning his opposition of our nation using drones – then a few days later proceeded to say that he would support using a drone to kill a man suspected of robbing a liquor store of $50. So, being a hypocrite and flat-out contradicting himself (or even lying about his degree) are clearly not issues to which Paul is a stranger.
Needless to say, I cannot wait to see him during the presidential debates. If there’s one thing that often happens during these debates it’s that frauds are easily exposed – and if there’s one thing that Paul is, it’s a fraud.
Watch his comments below via CBN.com: