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The Trouble with Rand Paul
 

The Trouble with Rand Paul

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Perhaps that’s Rand’s idea of playing politics? Come to the table, strike a deal, get what you can....

Perhaps that’s Rand’s idea of playing politics? Come to the table, strike a deal, get what you can.
Trouble is, it’s tough striking a good deal when the guy on the other side of the table believes that the
government should be allowed to claim — without having to produce any evidence whatsoever — that
certain people are terrorists, and therefore should be detained indefinitely without any kind of due
process.

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    • The Trouble with Rand PaulJohn AzizAzizonomicsSaturday, June 9, 2012Perhaps that’s Rand’s idea of playing politics? Come to the table, strike a deal, get what you can.Trouble is, it’s tough striking a good deal when the guy on the other side of the table believes that thegovernment should be allowed to claim — without having to produce any evidence whatsoever — thatcertain people are terrorists, and therefore should be detained indefinitely without any kind of dueprocess.That’s textbook tyranny. Yes, I would have [signed the NDAA]. And I do believe that it is appropriate to have in our nation the capacity to detain people who are threats to this country, who are members of al Qaeda. Look, you have every right in this country to protest and to express your views on a wide range of issues but you don’t have a right to join a group that has killed Americans, and has declared war against America. That’s treason. In this country we have a right to take those people and put them in jail. If I were president I would not abuse this power. But people who join al Qaeda are not entitled to rights of due process under our normal legal code. They are entitled instead to be treated as enemy combatants. Mitt RomneyExcept, if the government had any evidence they were really members of al-Qaeda and engaged in awar against America they could be charged with offenses under current laws and tried in front of a juryof their peers. As was proven when Judge Katherine Forrest struck down the indefinite detentionprovision of the NDAA as unconstitutional, the real detention targets are people like the ones whobrought the case — writers, investigative journalist and whistleblowers: people like Chris Hedges,Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Jennifer Bolen, and Birgitta Jonsdottir.Rand Paul might have done some good work trying to filibuster the Patriot Act, but endorsing MittRomney goes beyond the pale. The NDAA is Romney’s most egregious transgression against liberty,but not far behind are his desire to start a war against Iran, to increase military spending, to start a trade
    • war with China and his belief that corporations are people.I know I will never agree with any politician on every single dimension of every single issue, and thatto some extent politics will always involve compromise. Certainly, I disagree with Ron Paul on someissues. But Mitt Romney’s stances on these issues seem much, much, much closer to BarackObama than they do to Ron Paul. In fact, he might as well have endorsed Obama for President.And the Ron Paul supporters are noticing: Rand has probably burnt most bridges to his Father’ssupporters now. His Facebook page has seen a huge outpouring of fury: Just lost a lot of faith in a man I otherwise adored. You suck Rand! Traitor! That’s why this country is doomed! Even the person you trust is a sell-out. I’m done with politics, people deserve what they get. Let the country run itself to the ground, and still people will not understand what freedom and self-responsibility is about. People want big gov’t, big brother every step of the way. Well, they got it. The rest of us, might as well try to move to another country or find an island and move there. I knew I’d never vote for Mitt… Now I know I’ll never vote for Rand. He has fully sold out to the bankers Endorsing Romney is tantamount to an utter sell-out of conservative principles.Did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison try to compromise with King George?Or — when it became obvious that they were facing tyranny — did they stand up for the principles ofliberty?I have always been uncomfortable with the children of politicians becoming politicians. Everyanointed child feels like a step away from meritocracy. Dynasties are dangerous, because thedynasty itself comes to be more important than the qualities of the politicians. Who would RandPaul be if he wasn’t Ron Paul’s son? Just another neocon. Neocons often have a few “unfashionable” libertarian or constitutionalist sympathies; look at Charles Krauthammer. But — unlike Ron Paul — the neocon never has the spine to do much about their libertarian or constitutionalist sympathies. They just ride on the establishment steamroller, into foreign occupations, empire building, corporate welfare, and banking bailouts. Into Iraq, and soon into Iran. Rand Paul just got on the steamroller.
    • Penny Freeman, Former Staffer in TearsOver Ron Paul BetrayalsAdam vs The ManSaturday, June 9, 2012Penny Freeman, former staffer in tears over Ron Paul betrayalshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dX4DdfSGiFs#!A former Ron paul staffer gives the backstory on the campaign.Rand Pauls endorsement of Mitt Romneyexplainedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XRUKXgN_OoMKokesh gives his view on Rand Paul’s endorsement of Romney.Adam Kokesh Voices Concern Over Direction of Paul Inchttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AUvxF8nZmKUAlex talks with Adma Kokesh about Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney and thequestionable past of Jesse Benton.http://www.infowars.com