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Roger L. Simon

Why Rand Paul Is Winning

March 9th, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Count me as one who was not suprised at the size of Rand Paul’s victory in the CPAC straw poll.  I’m only surprised it wasn’t bigger —  even though he nearly tripled the votes of his nearest rival Ted Cruz.

You could almost say that Paul is the ONLY interesting candidate on the immediate horizon — Republican or Democrat.  I’m not going to badmouth the Republicans (I may have to vote for them), but Hillary is as dull, predictable and reactionary as Obama, if that’s possible.  Neither of them has evidenced an ounce of creativity, or even an original thought, while in office.

It is this creativity that distinguishes Paul.  He seems future oriented, unlike the rest of the potential candidates who mouth platitudes, liberal and conservative, bashing each other in the most tedious manner imaginable.  Yes, the liberal side is by far more repellent, and old fashioned in ideology to the point of ridiculousness, but this does not absolve the right of the need to come up with forward-thinking solutions to the obvious American decline.

That is why Paul appeals to the young who are oriented, as they should be, toward the future.  The whole Democratic Party is oriented toward the past and so are, alas, too many of the Republicans.  The young see this.  They’re smarter than we are. (They still have some brain cells.)

Paul is doing the right thing in seeking to expand the Republican base — appealing directly to minorities and students to explain how conservative/libertarian policies are better for them, instead of running and hiding from these liberal constituencies as Republicans normally do.  That Paul is going into the very bowels of the beast in the next few days, UC Berkeley,  to give  a speech is commendable and dramatic.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he had some interesting results.  The time is certainly ripe.  And beyond that, I think we all know that if we show people some respect they often — though certainly not always — return the favor.

The other potential Republican candidates would be wise to pay attention to Paul, to “learn from Chairman Rand,” as it were.  In this digital age, history races along.  We all know Obamacare is terrible and the deficit is bad, but if that’s all you have to run on,  I don’t think you’re to get where you want.  Ideas, please.  Big ideas.  Fortune favors the daring.  (Incidentally, one big idea I might favor is to virtually abolish almost all of the federal government with the exception of defense, and let the states do almost everything. It is here we could “learn from Chairman Rick Perry.”  More of this later.)

Speaking of which, as I wrote last week, defense is Paul’s potential Achilles’ heel.  He has to figure out how to negotiate his libertarian principles in an obstreperous world that, most of the time anyway, couldn’t care less about them.  On a planet occupied by the likes of Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khamenei, he needs a foreign policy that doesn’t sound like naive wish fulfillment.  Barack Obama already checked that box.

Unfortunately for Paul, in this area in particular he is in a position where the most minor of his tea leaves will be read.  I was concerned, for example, that he referenced lyrics by Pink Floyd, and therefore Roger Waters, in his CPAC speech, when Waters has been closely associated with the anti-Semitic BDS movement in the last few years.  I sincerely hope this was a mistake or an oversight.

Still, if someone like me — once a neocon of a sort, I suppose — can be interested in Paul, something important must be going on.  There’s no doubt that Barack Obama — we can assume inadvertently — has done his best to turn America libertarian.  It would be deliciously ironic if that devotee of Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis would be responsible for electing our country’s first libertarian president (well, at least since the days of the Founders).

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" I was concerned, for example, that he referenced lyrics by Pink Floyd, and therefore Roger Waters, in his CPAC speech, when Waters has been closely associated with the anti-Semitic BDS movement in the last few years. I sincerely hope this was a mistake or an oversight."

So there was something antisemitic in those referenced lyrics? How do you hear this antisemitism? Do you play the damning lyrics backwards and in Austrian? Which one of our 57 states should you play those lyrics in to hear them in their most antisemitic tone? What's the frequency, Roger?
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Rand Paul is the future of the Republican Party. He is pro-amnesty, which is vital. He is friendly and cooperative with the leadership of McConnell, McCain and Boehner, also vital. He is OK with big spending and all the Fed pumping. And he understands that it is important not to question the motives of Democrats. As he stated boldly in his CPAC speech, "“I don’t question President Obama’s motives.” It is important for Republicans to never attack the opposition. Rand Paul gets the notion that "we are all in this together and can't we all just get along?"

These are the essential qualities that Rand Paul possesses that make him true leadership material in the Republican Party. And of course he has a good grip on classic rock music.
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Dude, seriously, Pink Floyd is one of the biggest rock bands of all time. To be a fan of them, or to quote a lyric from a song, is not a sign of antisemitism, just because one of the members happens to be one. It was written back when he probably wasn't, and the other 3 members showed no signs of it.

Just please, don't be that silly.
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Paul's foreign policy is going to be back to the future. Reagan rolled back Soviet Communism but also negotiated with Gorbachev in 1986 and was surrounded by advisors who both loathed Communism but also understood Russian psychology very well. Obama and his entire team are clueless. At least Dubya had Condi Rice who spoke Russian though she was somewhat allied with the neocons and Cheney but eventually turned on them during the Georgia War.
31 weeks ago
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"You could almost say that Paul is the ONLY interesting candidate on the immediate horizon"
And you would be a fool if you did.
Ted Cruz makes Paul look like an amateur.
32 weeks ago
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He's not winning. Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll in 2008. It's the high youth attendance.
32 weeks ago
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Careful, not too fast! "Rand Paul backs McConnell!" Yes, read it and weep.
The term LIBERTARIAN says it all, for example:
LIBER-AL
LIBER-TARIAN
Two peas in a pod, what more can be said. LIBERTARIAN is code for Progressive New Left Activist. Marco Rubio is the same, along with John McCain, Jeff Flake and yes, Mitch McConnell. Folks, these are true, blue "born again" Americans selling out Our Beloved America to European-style governance. It's called, "I know which side of my piece of bread is buttered!"
Or how's about, "Go-along-to-get-along!" Mitch-boy must've told Paul, "If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours!" Translation, if Rand Paul sides with "Mitch-boy" and brings the conservative voters, delivering them to "Mitch-boy," "Mitch-boy" will swing some of his "heft" at the GOP/RNC and superPacs to lay "some serious cash" out for Rand Paul's run for President. See, offer a Libertarian or Independent enough MOOLA, they'll cave like a circus tent in a rain storm. Don't forget "Mitch-boy" has a 30 year record of crony capitalism under  his belt, coupled with a good dose of corruption. Washington DC politicos are easy to figure out, because they're behaving just like any third world, tin-horned, dictatorship...corrupt to the bone. Self serving, liars! Their motto? 1)Greed, 2)power, and 3)a good dose of corruption. We The People must stand firm and fight this wanton selling of America for the highest bidder. Folks, follow the money. God Bless America, she's on life support. Join a Tea Party urgently!
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32 weeks ago
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http://nyyrc.com/blog/2013/08/ron-rand-and-the-mises-institute/

Drug policy largely defines the beliefs of young Ron and Rand supporters. Ron Paul is famous for his dedication to the cause of completely ending all regulation of drugs, from marijuana to cocaine to heroin. Rand Paul openly admits that he recreationally used drugs in college, and was even involved in a bizarre society called the NoZe Brotherhood that worshipped “Aqua Buddha.” Kentucky, Rand Paul’s home state, produces more marijuana than any state besides California. Kentucky even has a marijuana party. Earlier this month, Rand had kind words for Eric Holder’s proposal to scale back punishment for drug dealers and users.

The hard-to-explain affiliations continue for Ron and Rand. Ron Paul has been photographed with Don Black, a Grand Wizard for the KKK and founder of white supremacist website, Stormfront. A prosecutor even tried to subpoena Ron for his alleged involvement in a planned neo-Nazi coup on the island of Dominica. Neo-Nazi groups today are less about racism than narcotics profits; they even work alongside historically black gangs, like the Bloods and Crips. Sound strange? Consider that George Lincoln Rockwell and his “white supremacist” American Nazi Party worked with the Black Muslims, a black separatist group. (The Black Muslims also worked with the Ku Klux Klan, known for their complicity in the drug trade and cooperation with neo-Nazi groups.) Wonder what they were doing. Rockwell is quoted as saying, “They want a chunk of American and I prefer that they go to Africa.” A simple spat over territorial dominance?
32 weeks ago
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NYYRC -- and Clifford Kincaid. What's the connection? Seems there's a well organized and funded agitprop campaign to destroy Rand Paul because the GOP RINOs are collapsing and they know it. But fat old Cliff has to be trotted out to shove his camera in young people's faces and explain to them that Rand Paul is soft on Putin anyway.
31 weeks ago
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The also like the Non-Interventionism Foreign Policy, radicalized by the wars of the last decade...similar to the Vietnam War radicalization but not as acute because of the lack of the draft.

I like to think of Libertarian Non-Interventionist foreign policy as very similar to France's foreign policy. Post Empire, cheese eating surrender monkeys.
32 weeks ago
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Every Republican should pay attention to Clifford May's statements on Ukraine at a CPAC panel. His prescription: strengthen the US - militarily and economically. This has always been the best way to defeat our enemies. Thrashing around ala McCain is useless. We have lost credibility and must regain it first. It's generally not necessary to use military force if the world believes we are capable and willing to do so. Re-placing the emphasis on such a goal could bridge the divide between isolationists and adventurers, for lack of better terms.

This approach could also work for terrorism. Warren Rudman and Gary Hart wrote a short paper back in 2000 advocating turning our attention (like May) to strengthening us internally - for example, acknowledging that all terrorist attacks will not be thwarted (despite electronics) and concentrating on quick recovery from any such attack. The NSA and other spying is most dangerous in the hands of someone like Obama who I am sure is using it to gather political intelligence. THAT is dangerous.
32 weeks ago
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THIS. If America wants to win the propaganda war it's been losing, how about we become a better less economically crumbling country instead of sending out Jamie Kirchick and other rainbow warriors to troll the other side? Just a thought.
31 weeks ago
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I suspect that Rand Paul did as well as he did in the voting because of his father's political supporters. Whereas Ted Cruz stands on his own two feet.
32 weeks ago
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In response to Mr. a.bartholomew (below),

The issue is what policies George Washington would recommend for 2016, not what he recommended in 1796.

Just possibly he might be influenced by the fact that the US is no longer a narrow belt of agricultural states along the Atlantic protected by the sail powered Royal Navy. He might also recognize that the application of the internal combustion engine, the atom, the computer, the satellite and the microbe to warfare, along with a globalized world economy requires global foreign and defense policy which embraces allies and identifies and punishes enemies.
32 weeks ago
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But he still wouldn't like what the NSA's doing MarcH. In fact he probably would've broken them up by now and given their vital missions to the military. Some of our Framers probably would've shut Bluffdale down by now with an armored column and thrown Clapper and Alexander in the brig. All the Naval War College revisionism about how the Framers secretly opened select pieces of mail without warrants back in the 1800s, therefore they'd tolerate billions of communications being saved forever and surveillance of millions is horse crap.
31 weeks ago
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First of all, Paul isn't a true libertarian. And he can't possibly win a general election! He IS FIGHTING to overturn Roe vs Wade! One can be pro-choice. One can fight to allow Catholic hospitals & Hobby Lobbies to allow religious restrictions in their insurance policies. But one CANNOT...I repeat...CANNOT win with a strong fight to overturn Roe vs Wade. Think differently?...watch the female 50% run to Hillary!!!!
32 weeks ago
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Correction: I meant one can be pro-LIFE.
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Thick with trolls here.
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