Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rand Paul, His Own Man...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

It is refreshing to read something like this from an elected official that actually has the interests of We the People in mind. We are all hopeful I'm sure that Senator Rand Paul lives by these words and stands for the people. If he does he has a bright future in American politics and governance.

National Review - Much has been speculated and written since my endorsement of Mitt Romney for president. Many in the liberty movement and my longtime supporters wondered if, as a result of endorsing someone for office, I would stand up to them when they went astray.

The question to me is as strange as the answer is simple: Yes, strongly. Every time.

I have always done what I believe and I have never been blinded by party. In my time in the United States Senate, I have opposed the USA Patriot Act, voted against the NDAA over indefinite detention, fought to end mandatory minimum drug sentences, and voted against my party’s official budget because it didn’t cut enough spending.

I introduced a resolution against an unconstitutional war in Libya, and tried to repeal the authorization for the unconstitutional war before that in Iraq.

I don’t believe any fair look at my record will show blind partisanship — or partisanship of any kind. I have worked with Senate Democrats on civil liberties, and the House Black Caucus on the drug war. I have fought alongside the ACLU on civil liberties, and at times, I have fought all by myself on federalism issues.

I endorsed Governor Romney for many reasons, not the least of which is that we simply cannot afford four more years of President Obama. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, an out-of-control EPA and NLRB, and trillion-dollar deficits are combining to strangle our economy. I am afraid if that chokehold is not released quickly, our country may quickly follow Europe into destruction. Anyone who doesn’t believe there is a difference between the two candidates on economic issues is simply not looking or not being honest with their assessments.

Where I don’t know if there is as much of a difference as I would like is foreign policy.

Let’s first be clear: President Obama was elected on a platform of ending wars, yet he has opposed every effort made by me and others in the Senate to do that. He opposed my resolution to end the Iraq War. He has refused my urgings to end the war in Afghanistan more quickly. He started another war in Libya, and this time went further into unconstitutional territory than previous presidents by not even seeking Congressional approval whatsoever.

I opposed him when he did that. Anyone who believes President Obama is less aggressive internationally than his predecessors is mistaken.

I do not yet know if I will find a Romney presidency more acceptable on foreign policy. But I do know that I must oppose the most recent statements made by Mitt Romney in which he says he, as president, could take us to war unilaterally with Iran, without any approval from Congress... {Read More}

I do not agree with Senator Paul that Romney's domestic and economic policies will differ greatly from Obama. I do believe Romney may be a loose cannon internationally, particularly with respect to unilateral and unconstitutional military action.

There is one thing for sure, Rand Paul seems to have the integrity to stand by his convictions and those of his constituency. I respect that.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Some very plain-speak on the foreign policy issues. I really like that.

    1. Consistency as well as honesty. Rare in republican party politics these days.

  2. "Obamacare, Dodd-Frank.....are combining to strangle our economy"
    Obamcare, Dodd/Frank are not law and probably never will be. They aren't costing a thing, since they are not law.

    "President Obama was elected on a platform of ending wars"
    Wrong. Obama told us he would send more troops to Afghanistan. He said the war in Iraq was wrong, and diverting us from our real enemies, that were in Afghanistan.

    "He opposed my resolution to end the Iraq War"
    The end of the Iraq war (with a date to withdraw all American troops) was negotiated by the Bush administration. Obama honored the agreement made by Bush, rightfully so. We change leaders, which should not nullify treaties and agreements made by the previous administration. Countries around the world would soon lose confidence in America, if agreements they made with America would change because we elected a new President.


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