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Rand Paul: Sleeping with the Enemy at Berkeley

March 19th, 2014 - 9:07 pm

That goes for the RINOS and the Tea Party that has had notable success in preaching to the choir, but shown little interest in going outside it.  Pointing to a handful of black members is not going outside. You have to go into their community.  Paul has.  He went to Detroit with a proposal for economic freedom zones.

Republicans need more of this, in fact they need a bombardment of creative plans.  Change the dialogue.  The administration has nothing and can have nothing because “liberalism” in its modern form is bankrupt.  Everybody knows that.  They don’t even make an effort anymore beyond some dopey commercials with movie stars and basketball players. Even Obamacare may not have to be repealed.  It hardly exists now and may simply disappear.

I suspect, given how bad things have been the last 5-6 years, the country is ready to hear some radical proposals, like truly massive cuts to federal government programs  and a flat tax, maybe even, as Rick Perry suggested in the last election cycle, the complete elimination of some government departments.  He called for three.  How about four?

I am NOT one, however,  who thinks we should be cutting defense at all at this present time, given what’s going on across the globe from Caracas to Tehran.  That’s where I might diverge from Citizen Rand.  I get nervous when I read columns from his father about the Crimea.  Maybe Old Ron never visited the Soviet Union.  I did.  It was a jail the size of a continent. It went away for awhile, but unfortunately Evil Empires have  a way of coming back.

In any case, we shall see how Rand reacts to all this in the fullness of time. The way things are going, I suspect he won’t be able to avoid it.

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Um....no.

The Supreme Court stopped the election sleaze...much of it by the Democrats. In a 7-2 vote, they said the Democrats could not pick and choose select counties (heavily Democrat), could not destroy the rights of military and overseas stationed Americans from having a voice (a foreboding warning of a sleazy Holder tactic ongoing) and could not destroy an election by "announcing" that votes for Buchanan were "intended" for Gore....by some Magic 8 Ball clairvoyance.

As much as the corrupt media tried to steal the election for their masters, it still was a close call. All the fraud, propaganda, slander and lies make it comical that they play Little Suzie Jumprope when it comes to losing a Supreme Court decision that clearly did the only thing it could do.

Refuse the sleaze.
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If we keep it about issues with guys like Paul and his supporters we will probably get what we want regarding foreign policy most of the time.

His father is, to put it politely, flaky, and he does seem to have his prejudices. OTHO, I strongly doubt he ever sought power or to get rich off of other people or is is malicious i.e. seeks to see other people suffer. I can't say the same about a lot of other politicians that come to mind.

If we bash the Pauls for Ron Paul's bad points without seeing his good ones we are going to miss a major opportunity to unite on common principles and keep a lot of suffering from coming to this country, and Israel.

The same goes for Marco Rubio.
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Simon: "But where are the Republicans, the party of Lincoln, on that? They should be in the black communities talking to them about it"

Two words: KARL ROVE.

Starting in the 1990s, there was this group of GOP consultants who convinced the GOP that the way to win elections was simply to mobilize the GOP's existing white Christian base to turn out, rather than spending any effort to attract new voters.

Karl Rove was picked by Bush to get him elected President, and Rove delivered. But he did it by cobbling together an extremely narrow victory (Bush even lost the popular vote in 2000) to squeak through in the Electoral College. And Rove's playbook of "Red States plus Ohio" can only deliver narrow victories. They depend on massive turnout of white evangelicals, who are declining as a percentage of the electorate.

This group of GOP consultants--and their playbook--have outlived their usefulness. Now that Ohio went for Obama due to massive black turnout, the GOP needs a new playbook.
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The party needs people with strong leadership qualities. Leaders that will fight the opposition politicians and media, as well as lead the party in a winning platform. Despite Roger's continuing lack of faith with the Tea Party, there is leadership among those people and they simply need more support from the rest of the party. The GOP elite still appears to me to be the road block to the Party's success, they hold its members back by thinking its politics as usual. Its not, the democrats are the party of Lenin, not the party of Kennedy.
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So, in conclusion, bedrocks of American Culture and Society of:Religion and Morality are now passé and secularism is o.k.?
This would be a quantum shift of Constitutional Conservativism towards embracing secular Progressive New Left Activist mantras of "social justice,' "civil rights" and "equality under the law" (whatever that comes to be defined as).
That's Fabian Socialism! Currently a bedrock of ALL America's higher education. The "millennial set" of American populace is notably Liberal. As they age, tendency for this Liberal philosophy morphing into a more dominant conservative view has been well documented. Wouldn't it be more expedient to inculcate in higher education circles, a Constitutional Conservative philosophy than current GOP/RNC foregoing their guiding principles, embracing out-and-out Fabian Socialism? HUH! Rand Paul's calculated risk has all the makings of a "Great Disaster" both politically and personally. Waffling on ones principles is like giving up, throwing in the towel and joining forces with "collectivists!" Sad, GOP/RNC should be a bit more stalwart about their beliefs. Pray. Amen. Typical Washington DC Elites, sell America to the higher bidders. Join a Tea Party. Support local Article V committees for:1)term limits, 2)balanced budget and 3)Return of States Rights. God Bless America.
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No, religion and morality are not passé. However, secularism is OK.
Like nearly everything, the truth lies in definitions and the real world. The points in the article about the Tea Party/ Tea Parties/tea party/tea parties are well taken: it/they are an indispensable part of the solution but they need allies elsewhere. The key is to win locally, not to whine nationally. Praying ain't enough.

IMO many people are still unaware just how vulnerable our decrepit establishment is.
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is he sleeping with the enemy,-- or do we not recognize the enemy?
"The American political system is not the democratic model of which its glorifiers speak. In actuality it frustrates democracy by confusing the individual citizen, paralyzing policy discussion, and consolidating the irresponsible power of military and business interests"
From the Port Huron statement of the Students for a Democratic Society 1962. printed in _Woodstock_ (Mike Evans, Paul Kingsbury).
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One problem is that the policies that would be popular with Blacks are RINO policies. (See General Powell.)
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"There are literally thousands of chips on the table and they’re leaving them all behind."

But the croupier is crooked.

Please, Dr. Simon - I mean this seriously - tell us how to get through the Media Curtain.

I believe Gingrich and the RNC had countless hard-hitting commercials last time. It didn't help. The last successful right-wing PR was Harry and Louise. (PS - Why wasn't that tried again?)
26 weeks ago
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Rand played one note on one string of a twelve string guitar. Good luck with the other notes.
I've tried to engage the black men in my little spot on the earth. They have an invisible force field that rejects all foreign ideas. They call it, simply, the President. Nothing gets past it.
Then there's the inmate Utopiamism of liberals, prgressives, socialists, what have you. Being Utopian means everything has to be perfect to make everything perfect. So, when it's not perfect and Utopia fails to materialize it is always the fault of the forces that disobey the Utopian blueprint. Oh, and don't even bother trying to explain that their brand of Utopianism isn't for everyone. That just screams to them that you're maladjusted for rejecting the perfect world they seek.
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Re: African Americans voting based on facts. This has got to be the funiest thing I have read. African Americans vote straight up race and facts have not a damn thing to do with it. If any white person did this it would be all over everywhere. However since its African Americans its ignored. Of course there are individual that will vote based on facts, but, as a whole its skin color or ability to drive the agenda.
26 weeks ago
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That's not really true. More correct would be that they vote Black Politics.
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Conservative commentators constantly talk about broadening the party, but their only solutions seem to be going dem light, or pandering to select groups, like approving amnesty to try and get hispanics. Rand Paul is broadening the party the right way, not by changing sound positions for liberty, but by being willing to talk to everybody and making it clear how a liberty message will help them, and pointing out to various dem constiuencies why the statist dem program is harming them rather than helping them.
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Rand Paul supports amnesty. See the Washington Examiner article, "Rand Paul's amnesty plan is worse than Rubio's".
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I totally agree with richard40 that broadening the party by going Dem Lite is a mistake of epic proportions. Why would anyone want the Lite version of anything if they can have the real thing?
Broadening the party should mean selling the principles of the party to a broader swath of the total demographic.

But if Republicans are to live in the world of reality they must come to terms with what is possible and what is not.

Possible is securing the border; impossible is deporting every illegal.

Amnesty is a more complex issue than many seem to think it is. Republicans oppose amnesty for the same reason Democrats support it.

They both think that Hispanics will vote overwhelming Democrat forever.
But that doesn't need to be the case.

I live where there is a significant number of Hispanics, some illegal. Most are intelligent and hardworking, have been in this country for years and would have no place to go in Mexico. I was talking to one today about a woman we know who is white who has been scamming the system for years with food stamps and every other benefit available. She recently had rotator cuff surgery paid for by medicaid.The Mexican person made the comment: "I guess we work and pay taxes so the lazy ones can get stuff for free."

The point I'm making is that a lot of Hispanics can be brought over to our side if we will just reach out to them as Rand Paul is doing.

If all they hear us saying is that we don't want them and they should go home to a home they don't even have any more what choice do they have but to vote Democrat?
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As a Leftist would shriek: "What?? You want "border security"? What have you got against Hispanics?" The Dems oppose border security. (I also do not believe that Rand Paul was speaking to the "enemy" at Berkeley -- he was amongst friends. They don't like security measures -- whether it's at the border or with the NSA (as in "why on earth would anyone want to monitor Muslims? Those who advocate for the NSA must be racist Islamaphobes, etc").
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One thing border security should mean is: "just say no to Islam". No more Muslims! Period.
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I don't know why? American Muslims are generally not like those of the Arab world. What we need to do is isolate Saudi Arabia, which is radicalizing them. Instead of just fighting the boycott of Israel, we need to actively pursue the banning of all Saudi money.
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So American Muslims don't act like Muslims? Where did you get that? Have you seen what is happening to Dearborn, Michigan?
A Muslim is a Muslim. "Radicalized" is simply a euphrmism for a Muslim who acts like a Muslim. If they don't believe in the values of Islam they should leave Islam.

There is no place in America or, for that matter, the civilized world for Islam.
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ALL AMERICANS should pay a visit to DELOS - a Greek island - who used to have a very advanced civilization (multiple temples for different religions, sewer system, etc.), but currently IS uninhabited, as they HAD NO ARMY and were overrun by Barbarians.
As the guide said "had this civilization survived, we would now be intergalactic travelers" - BUT THEY ALL DIED!
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Republicans have a huge chip left on the table by allowing poor Senator Inhofe to be Alinsky style isolated in his Global Warming muckraking, all the while the greenshirts finally showed their cheating hand in 2013 as clearly as can be, finally in a way that requires no maths degree to understand. Harvard published in top journal Science a fraudulent temperature hockey stick whose blade was a mere spurious artifact of their bizarre re-dating of low lying input data (non-thermometer temperature proxies). So data merely dropped off at the end so the plot shot up, alarmingly. Yet this utterly obvious deception was widely promoted by mathematician Mike Mann himself, seen in this screenshot worthy of any TV debate smackdown by Republicans:
http://s6.postimg.org/jb6qe15rl/Marcott_2013_Eye_Candy.jpg
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