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.