Thursday, March 14, 2013

Senator Rand Paul calls the GOP "stale and moss-covered."...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
-vs- Tyranny

Rand Paul, disliked by the progressives and perhaps by many in the establishment rEpublican power base. Hard to listen to at times, but if one does listen closely Senator Paul makes lots of sense.

Perhaps Senator Paul, having a more tolerant attitude towards the civil liberties of all Americans will galvanize a large enough following to overturn the stale and static present rEpublican leadership and build a more inclusive and tolerant party.


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday told conservative activists the Republican Party had grown "stale and moss covered" and said the GOP needs a more libertarian approach that makes freedom the movement's defining principle.

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Kentucky senator offered a revamped version of his father's hands-off libertarian vision for Republicans — and positioned himself as a leader capable of confronting the GOP establishment.

"The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don't think we need to name any names, do we? Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere," Paul said.

"If we're going to have a Republican Party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP. We must have a message that is broad, our vision must be broad, and that vision must be based on freedom."

Paul has publicly clashed with more senior Republicans over the past two weeks, notably Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Graham and McCain blasted Paul for mounting a 12-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA nominee, John Brennan, over the administration's drone policy.

McCain called the filibuster a stunt meant to "fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms." Paul fired back at McCain and Graham, two leading Republican defense hawks, saying the senators "think the whole world is a battlefield.” {Read More}

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Rand Paul certainly could add more youth and vitality to the GOP for the future. But we've seen these sorts of demos come and go in the past.

    If he moves up in the spotlight, there will be slack from his radically anti-choice stand on abortion, and his belief the government should be removed from education. Women will not be pleased with this. His positions on Medicare, Social Security, and the social safety net in general would not sit well with a substantial majority of Americans.

    His unique mix of views on trade and defense are a little hard for most Republicans to swallow.

    I think there is a cap on the popularity of his odd mix of views, and that it couldn't coalesce with enough other people to win substantial national power any time in the near future.

    He does bring big issues to the fore though, and that's pretty damn important, and I'm glad for it. It takes characters like the Paul's to get these issues out. Of all the GOP victories in 2010, Paul's was the most useful.


    1. If nothing else I firmly agree with your final paragraph above.

  2. Jersey: The term "anti-choice" is as much as provocative pejorative as "pro-death" is. Truth be told, Rand Paul simply opposes abortion, not 'choice'.

    " Women will not be pleased with this"

    Depends on the poll. Women often oppose abortion in a slightly greater percentage than men do.

    I am indeed curious what his stance on trade is. It comes up blank on Rand Paul on the Issues.


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