Rand Paul: The Next Ronald Reagan

 

A cavalryman depends on a strong-willed beast. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the equestrian-soldier is riding a sick horse. When the beast becomes too ill, and is determined medically futile the soldier places a bullet in its head. This act is not an easy task to carry out, but the soldier knows a sick horse is a dead horse, which is better put out of its misery.  For a cavalryman in the battlefield it is quick. In Washington, Paul will have to take his time- just as Reagan did. Reagan destroyed the GOP mold of his time. Many wonder, will Paul follow in his steps?

Ronald Reagan and the Paul Family during Reagan's 1976 Presidential bid. Ron and Rand to the left of Reagan.

Ronald Reagan and the Paul Family during Reagan’s 1976 Presidential bid. Ron and Rand to the left of Reagan.

It is quite remarkable that America has already had a Libertarian-leaning Republican, but the establishment GOP wouldn’t dare let you know about it. This man is more quoted, and revered than any other GOP politician in history. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he once said, “The heart of my philosophy is libertarianism.”  You will never see Lindsey Graham or John McCain utter this quote, but come election year they will claim themselves Reaganites. In 1976 at the GOP convention Rand’s father, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX, Retired), was one of only 4 republican congressmen to support Reagan that year. Reagan lost. In 1980 Reagan tried again, Paul still at his side, but this time Reagan won by a landslide. Reagan’s win marked the beginning of what many recall as the “Reagan Revolution”. The “Revolution” is a purposeful parallel that the Senior Paul carried on into his presidential bids. However, the two Pauls play a remarkably different battle plan. The Senior Paul’s battle was an ideological one. The Junior Paul’s battle plan is a strategic ground game. A game poised to not only win hearts and minds as his father did, but votes as well.

Paul will be able to pull together conservatives and independents from across the spectrum just as Reagan did. He can turn blue states red with his stance on droneswiretappingmedical marijuana and other civil liberties. He is the leading name in the 2016 GOP bid as of now. He has won every recent straw poll his name has been in, and has visited every early primary state multiple times. Also, he is winning the social media race with more than 1 million Facebook fans. There are also multiple support, and “Presidential Draft” pages for Rand Paul with hundreds of thousands of fans. No other potential candidate has this social media force. Look to the Obama presidential wins and we know that elections are now dependent on social media force. Furthermore, one super- PAC has been working feverishly on a draft effort raising thousands of dollars to send out “Paul for President” campaign garb.

This aside, the truth is that Reagan would never be elected in the modern day Republican Party without one hell of a fight. Thirty years has changed the game of American politics with the establishment GOP backed by war lobbyists, big agriculture and the pharmaceutics industry. Paul’s battle will be one against the largest machine yet known to man. Although the establishment holds more events, fundraisers and marketing in the name of Reagan than any other GOP politician in history they do not believe what Reagan believed. The grassroots will support Paul, many state legislators will follow and he will also bring in endorsements from many leading conservative think-tanks such as the Heritage Foundation headed by former US Senator and ally, Jim DeMint. Regardless, make no mistake; he will be met with great resistance in 2016. He stands headstrong against the modern day GOP on many things such as foreign policy and aide, and the establishment’s lack of bite when it comes to not raising taxes and protecting the Second Amendment.

Expect to see Paul square up against types who are marketed to the American people by the establishment as being “Tea Party candidates”.  Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan seem to stand out as these types, and are losing popularity with the actual Tea Party as they continue to align more with the establishment. The Republican Party hasn’t put one of their own in office since 1980 with Reagan. Is Paul the next Reagan? Paul can stand on his own merits, and no one should underestimate this. However, we also cannot underestimate the power of Reaganism.

For a ‘Revolution’ to occur, something must come to an end.  The question is will Paul be able to place the metaphorical bullet in the GOP’s head as Reagan did decades ago? If Paul does win- the Republican Party we know today will die. Many believe that is more than a fair trade.

Rand Paul Begins Campaigning Against Hillary Clinton 2016

It seems that the democratic party is not alone in their speculations of Hillary Clinton mounting a 2016 presidential bid. Although Clinton has said time after time that she is not interested in running the polls strongly suggest that democrats want her and no one else. With the momentum focused on minorities it is not surprising that if Democrats want to maintain control of the White House they need Hillary to make it happen. Who could stop Hillary if she did decide to run? Considering that Obama has mastered the art of elections and online donations as well as the fact that Bill Clinton remains wildly popular Hillary will be a force not easily defeated. It has been said that if republicans wish to remain viable they must find a candidate who can bring together the tea party, the libertarian wing and the traditional conservative wing. Many believe that candidate to be Rand Paul.

Paul Meets With Tennessee Republican Assembly

Paul Meets With Tennessee Republican Assembly

Paul has already been on what many consider to be a campaign spree. He has won every presidential straw poll his name has been listed on. Furthermore, he has now made a major move by sending his lead strategist and chief of staff, Doug Stafford away from his Senate post in Washington D.C. to head up Paul’s national political operation. This is perhaps the clearest indication that Paul is planning a 2016 bid.Paul went one step further when he addressed a crowd of approximately 600 prominent Tennessee senators, representatives, donors and grassroots activists at the annual Tennessee Republican Assembly convention 2 weeks ago. Paul was received with thunderous applause and multiple standing ovations. Here Paul recalled his encounter with Clinton as the only member of the Senate to actively engage Clinton on Benghazi for ignoring requests for more security and not reading urgent cables. While other GOP Senators were singing Clinton praises- Paul told Clinton, “Ultimately, I think with your leaving, you accept culpability for the greatest tragedy since 9/11. Had I been President at the time and I found out you had not read the cables… I would have relieved you of your post.” “I think it’s inexcusable,” he added. As Paul finished his story the crowd again stood in applause. Paul continued to tell the crowd, “I think that should disqualify you from seeking any sort of higher office.” The crowd again roared and the audience was heard screaming, “Rand 2016”. Paul then took questions from the audience. Many questions were geared towards a Paul presidential bid. Paul responded, “Things seem to be falling in that direction, but I am not going to make a decision until after this year.” In this first moment of acknowledgment towards Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential bid it seems the 2016 race is starting to take form as one that would put Rand Paul against Hillary Clinton. Paul seems to recognize this and is drawing first blood.

Sen. Rand Paul Wins Tennessee Presidential Straw Poll

A straw poll was conducted at the annual Tennessee Republican Assembly (TRA) convention in Nashville, Tennessee last Saturday. The convention was attended by more than 600 activists, state legislators and donors. A total of 373 votes were cast in the poll, which asked, “If the 2016 GOP Presidential primary was held today who would you cast your vote for?” Rand Paul took a total of 58% of the total votes cast. These results come in just after Rand Paul won another Presidential straw poll with a strong majority in Pennsylvania at the PA Leadership Conference. Rand Paul also won the coveted CPAC Presidential straw poll at this year’s convention. Multiple super PACs were in attendance at the TRA convention supporting a Rand Paul for President ticket.

Results from TRA Convention:

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  • Bachman, M = 4
  • Cruz, T = 21
  • DeMint, J = 12
  • Gingrich, N = 10
  • Lee, M = 2
  • Palin, S = 13
  • Paul, R = 219
  • Perry, R = 8
  • Rubio, M = 33
  • West, A = 51

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Rand Paul 2016 Surges on the Internet: Conservative Savior of the Republican Party?

Politics is a game. It is imperative that those involved remember this; and Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul and US Senator from Kentucky, may be the greatest player the liberty movement has yet known. Moments after the re-election of incumbent President Obama “Rand Paul for President” began to surge again on the internet increasing a staggering 70 points from 25 to 95 in only 2 days. In fact, it has been

Rand Paul, 2016

surging since 2010. Even more interesting, the first time the search term hit a 100% peak search volume on Google was when Mitt Romney was officially nominated to be the Republican nominee last August. It only took a couple weeks for a 64 point increase to be achieved to propel the term to the 100% index. After this week’s election, the search term is on pace to reach the 100% index again at a record speed by the end of this evening.

Respectively, the 2012 presidential election will not be remembered for much. No big issues were debated except in the 3rd party debates. Third party candidates including Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Virgil Goode and Rocky Anderson were all locked out. In fact, Stein was even arrested and detained for peacefully protesting outside of the final two-party presidential debate. However, you wouldn’t see that story on the mainstream media. The 3rd party candidates were shut out of the two-party debates just as much as the constitution was. The constitution was used only as a flash word by candidate Romney. Incumbent Obama, almost dared to mention it. Rightfully so when you consider all of the unconstitutional legislation that he has either passed, reaffirmed or the 139  unconstitutional executive orders he has forced upon the American people without congressional approval. The fact is though, Romney supports Obama, and most all of his unconstitutional agenda. Never once was the NDAA, the Federal Reserve, GMOs, the Patriot Act, Agenda 21 or HR 347 mentioned in the 2-party presidential debates. Yet, these are some of the biggest, most important laws, regulators bodies, and pieces of legislation that affect the American people. Instead the most talked about debate moment was Big Bird.

Regardless of what the “Conservative” media and establishment Republicans would have the American people believe, our civil liberties and the constitution would have suffered just as much under a Romney presidency. The silver lining in all of this is that there now exists the opportunity for a real constitutional conservative to take the White House in 2016.

As for the timing, it couldn’t be better. The stock-market started to crash the second Obama won re-election. Also, all indicators point to an almost certain recession in the coming months with the fiscal cliff looming. Combine this with the fact that Obama’s proposals are to add nearly $10 Trillion to the publicly held debt within the next 9 years and the Federal Reserve pushing QE Infinity, which is creating mass inflation and a bubble larger than the United States and you end up with a recipe for certain economic and civil liberty destruction.

Conservatives, Americans and even the world will be desperate for someone to pull the country back in line with the capitalistic ideologies that made this country great. Rand’s game has been one of strategy. He has played his cards carefully. By “endorsing” Romney he has insured that he will not be blamed, as his father already is being, for Republicans not winning the White House in 2012. He has played well on Capitol Hill with his colleagues  in order to show that he is more than capable of getting the job done. Those in the liberty movement who are bothered by this need to remember that the apple never falls far from the tree and strategy wins the war.

Furthermore, Rand has support where Romney and Obama did not, or split support. He will carry the Tea Party base, the youth, civil liberties groups, Wall-Street, and many more demographics. The Paul family has an army of supporters, millions of dollars on hand, many new allies in Congress, and many more to come as the liberty movement is only expected to strengthen come 2014 mid-term elections all ready to throw their support and endorsements behind Rand Paul in 2016.

A lot can happen before the 2016 presidential election. It is also a worthy speculation that Karl Rove will attempt to propel Jeb Bush onto the Republican 2016 ticket. Let this be a warning to establishment Republicans though. If you attempt to propel Jeb Bush into office, you will lose. Jeb Bush is no more than another Romney. It is time for the party to decide whether they wish to embrace liberty and the Republic as their namesake suggests and become the most viable party of the future, or simply vanish into the American History books. Hopefully 2012 has provided a lesson. The liberty movement needs to be careful though. Spreading itself too thin by having multiple candidates such as Gary Johnson and others on the ballot may hurt its chances of 2016 success. If the movement wishes to succeed it must get behind the strongest candidate and advance. The Republic is in more danger than ever before, but the dream lives on.