I’d like to be able to get behind his son Rand with as much enthusiasm. I really would. But I find I can’t. Yes, he seems like a nice enough person and his intentions are good. I like his stance on repealing the Patriot Act. I like his stance on reading the bills. He has nice views on fiscal policies, wanting to audit the Fed and balance the budget. I just can’t get over that war thing. I can’t get over his support for empire. His stance on supporting the troops by buying them all the equipment we can’t afford rather than by bringing them home simply doesn’t make sense, either from a fiscal point of view or a freedom oriented point of view.
Yea, I’ve found myself in the “Screw Rand Paul” camp ever since he embraced his endorsement by Sarah Palin. At first I thought some of his rhetoric in interviews was to gain support for the Republican nomination, and his views were really those of his father’s, but over time I’ve seen that this apple fell further from the tree than I can stomach. Rand supports military interventionism and dumbed-down divisive politics of hard-line anti-abortion proponents and the Tea Parties. The Tea Parties are now completely over-run by the worst elements of the Republican tribalists. Rand’s anti-abortion stance seems to mimic his father’s circa 1980. Even though Ron Paul is still against abortion, he states an understanding that it will never be outlawed again, and that if it was it would still not go away. In 2007 he told the National Right to Life convention they needed to give up on the pursuit of outlawing abortion and focus on spreading a culture of life–one that requires anti-abortion folks to be anti-war and anti-death penalty as well. Rand, on the other hand, is stuck in the old “Abortion is murder” camp, that even his father has realized does nothing to further his desire to see less abortions in America.
Screw Rand Paul.