Rand Paul is confusing.
Given how much he talks, I can only conclude that we aren’t confused by him but rather that he himself is confused about his own views and philosophy.
The Rand Paul Principle:
Rand Paul is like a political litmus test. Libertarians who hate him are the crazies we can safely ignore while we go and actually achieve something. Conservatives who hate him are RINOs we can safely ignore while we go ahead and fight for liberty.
Rand Paul, 2016.
whatiscapitalism is right, Rand Paul is the litmus test. He’s just wrong in the application.
Here’s how I see it:
If you know who Rand Paul is, you pay attention more than 90% of America.
If you think that Rand Paul makes decent points, you’re on the good side of things.
If you think Rand Paul is a libertarian you’re either clueless about what libertarianism is or you’re a NeoCon that’s willing to get behind anyone who you think has a shot at being the next president.
Rand Paul is a Rel-Liber-Con (A religious, quasi-libertarian, Neo-Con). He is anti-gay, anti-abortion and very pro-Christian and he promotes certain principles of liberty while completely ignoring the other ones.
And the scary part? He’s trending away from his original libertarian platform which got him elected and he’s on an ever-accelerating slide towards full blow Neo-Conservatism.
So, yes, Rand is a litmus test. If you’re in support of him with no qualms about it, then you’re probably not a well informed libertarian.
I watched like 37 seconds of Boehner’s speech and i had to turn C-SPAN off. I almost puked into my own eyes.
In the House, they have to because the Democrats don’t have the majority. In the Senate, I’m happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that’s what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it. —
Rand, he’s up and down for me. Still, I guess better him than any number of potential republican senators.
I don’t think positively of this “method”. Sit back and let them ruin it?
I was just saying this last night.
SS: I don’t care about ‘playing politics’ but I’m always down with the ‘let it fucking burn’ option, here’s why:
Americans just don’t understand how fucked we are in regards to fiscal and monetary policies. They think that one side or the other has the perfect plan and that the opposite side is fucking things up. In reality, they are all fucking things up but you can’t convince them of that right now. You can only do that with a clean slate and a clean slate doesn’t come unless there is so kind of financial chaos. That’s the mother of all change.
So if you truly want real economic change to come to America, you shouldn’t fear the impeding chaos. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama and his yes-men aren’t banking on the chaos to push their own type of change. These guys keep upping the ante on the GOP as if they don’t actually want a deal.
Obama had requested $800 billion in revenues a few months ago and the GOP sucked it up and showed up with that exact figure. Obama and his trolls went ahead and shot that down and doubled-down on their request, now asking for tax hikes on the top 2% as opposed to the top 1% and asking for a total of $1.6 TRILLION, twice what Obama requested just a few months ago.
Obama is routing for chaos and I’m on board. It’s going to take chaos to motivate the American public to wake the fuck up and fix this mess because we all know there’s no real change that’s going to come from Washington.
Oh, by the way, none of this made-up Taxmageddon bullshit is even real. We can just let the tax cuts continue, freeze the spending increases and boom, everything is fine. But both sides, especially the Dems, wanted this mess to come to a head so they can leverage it to vilify the, now, 2% and get all of the 98%, including Republicans who oppose tax increases, to turn on their own principles and choose their own financial stability over their ideology.
Obama and his team are a lot of brilliant politicians. These guys have mastered the game better than anyone I’ve ever seen hold public office. They know exactly how to spin things, how to divide factions and how to get what they want without actually asking for it.
Obama is in it for the chaos. If he wasn’t he’d just extend the tax cuts and hold the spending increases.
The real issues are the unfunded liabilities and what we’re going to do when we actually run out of ways to pay the notes that we’ve already promised and we’re left with two options: default or inflate.
So yes, I’m all in on the ‘let it fucking burn’ option because there is no other option left.
Rand Paul (via redbloodedamerica)
Said the man who just voted for the 2013 NDAA…
Guys, please stop supporting Rand Paul or stop calling yourself a libertarian.