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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

Win a signed copy of Rand Paul’s hit book, Government Bullies.

Rand Paul 2016

Breaking: GOP to Suspend Debt Ceiling All Together, and Constitution

Update (1/24/25): The House voted to approve HB 325 with a vote of 285 to 144. Interestingly, 199 republicans voted to pass, 33 voted not to pass, and 86 democrats voted to pass, while 111 voted not to. The Senate vote is on January 31st.

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The House GOP has opted to forego raising the debt ceiling to a set cap for a three month extension as previously reported. The new decision made by those who control the flow of legislation in the House is to now simply make the debt ceiling limitless until May 19th. Even though Republicans could have requested that at least some sort of spending cuts would be part of this new legislation not a single dime of cuts were requested.

This new legislation has multiple negative connotations.

  • It essentially nullifies Article 1 of the US Constitution. Removing the ceiling all together gives the Federal Government the power to spend without House approval.
  • It establishes precedent that the ceiling is purely arbitrary and could be abolished, as many in the Democratic party have suggested.

    Reid and Boehner

    Reid and Boehner

  • It gives the Federal Government the potential to spend possibly trillions of dollars with no approved allocation within the next 5 months.
  • It breaks the promise the GOP made when they took over the house. You now, the one where they said all legislation must remain within strict constitutional authority.
  • The new legislation does not actually cease pay to Congress if they do not come up with a  budget by the deadline. It only puts their paycheck into an account for them until they do (How will they ever survive…? Oh yea, special interests pays well we are told.)

Senate Democrats have said they will produce a budget resolution that will include increased revenues, and they have promised to consider the debt-limit boost to arrive from the House. Increased revenues is highlighted above due to the fact that it is again a constitutional violation of Article one, which delegates this power only to the House. Regardless of the Constitution, Senate Democrats no longer feel they need to abide. Just as they refused to do so with the Fiscal Cliff, and Obamacare when it came to them taking the power to raise revenue. The vote is set to occur Wednesday, January 23rd.

Breaking: House Republicans to Raise Debt Ceiling

House Republicans have agreed to vote on legislation as early as next week to raise the debt ceiling for 3 months. However, they sent a warning to the

Speaker of the House John Boehner

Speaker of the House John Boehner

Senate that they must work with them to come up with a budget deal before they “agree to a long-term ceiling raise”. It seems that House Republicans have no serious intentions to cut spending since they have already indicated that they are willing to vote for long-term debt ceiling raises. However, the measure would make it to where Congress will not get a paycheck if a budget deal is not met before the 3 month deadline of April 15th. If we are to look at the fiscal-cliff ‘deal’ (resulting in a threat of national credit rating downgrade), can we be sure a budget passed by the Senate and Obama will be any better than what we had before? Obama recently held a news conference where he said he will not negotiate with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling. It seems that the President got his message across without having to sign an unconstitutional executive order as has been speculated. Will this tactic of allowing the President to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for a budget for the first time in years actually work? Only time will tell. US Senator, Rand Paul (R-KY) says he will vote it down.

Breaking: Fiscal Cliff Deal Unconstitutional; VOID

Democrats and Republicans alike have remained silent on a very major issue of the Fiscal Cliff deal that was voted on and passed at the beginning of the month. According to the US Constitution, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives” –Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1 US Constitution. Here is the problem, The Fiscal Cliff bill, or the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012  as it stands with revenue raised through taxation did not originate in the House of Representative, but in the Senate.

Boehner, Reid, and Obama

Boehner, Reid, and Obama

As happened with the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, the Senate shelled a House bill purposefully to pass this legislation, which raises revenue through taxation on the American people. Will there be a Supreme Court challenge on the constitutionality of the Fiscal Cliff bill as there was with Obamacare? With such strong support from both the Senate and the House you shouldn’t expect a challenge. Anyone who dares to speak out on the constitutionality of the legislation will be spearheaded as attempting to tailspin the Nation into another recession. However, research has shown that had we simply jumped off the Cliff, we would have most likely been far better off anyways. So, even though no one in the Senate even read the bill before they voted on it, and the Constitutionality is void- your paycheck has already gone down due to the social security tax increase and many other new taxes. Strangely, Obama didn’t actually sign the bill. He was on vacation in Hawaii and used an “Autopen” to do so. Obama, Speaker Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Reid have not yet commented about the Constitution in regards to the Fiscal Cliff deal.

Shocking Details of Fiscal Cliff Begin to Leak; Another Credit Downgrade Looms

The Fiscal Cliff. There has been much talk about it, but few Americans actually know what it is. In the most simple terms: On December 31st, 2012 a large series of tax cuts were set to expire. If a deal was not met to expand the tax cuts by January 1st, 2013

Paul Ryan and John Boehner

Paul Ryan and John Boehner after the Fiscal Cliff Vote 

then automatic, across the board spending cuts and tax increases would occur. A sufficient deal by Congress should have included, at the very least-moderate cuts in spending and little to no increases on taxes. However, the ‘deal’ we got included:

  • 80% of Americans that make over $40,000/ year will see a tax increase. Beginning immediately, the majority of Americans will see smaller paychecks.
  • Hollywood elites get $430 Million.
  • Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands get $220 Million for liquor manufacturing.
  • NASCAR gets $70 Million.
  • Algae growers get $59 Million.
  • Obama also insisted that his campaign contributors got massive, record setting tax breaks: Goldman Sachs, Citi, Morgan Stanley, GE, etc. All of them gave billions to his re-election efforts.
  • $1 in Spending cuts for every $41 in raised taxes, a 1:41 ratio.

So, the majority of America will get their taxes raised and their paychecks will continue to shrink. Combine this with runaway inflation from the Federal Reserve pushing QE4, and the average American’s ability to purchase and survive is about to hit a major wall. Meanwhile, Obama bails out his corporate pals who make billions. In fact, the very friends that had enough money to give him billions to get re-elected. If they had the billions of dollars to give to him then why do they need tax breaks? According to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), no one in Congress even read the bill. Or is that really even shocking? The bill ‘hit the floor’ for the first time at 1:36 AM and was voted on and passed at 1:39 AM. In fact, most aren’t sure there was even a bill printed. Congress was told that the bill was available online at 1:36 AM, but no one actually saw it on paper. Therefore, no one who actually voted on it that morning even read it. Why do we allow our representatives to pass laws that affect us, which they are almost always exempt from, without even reading the legislation? Nevertheless the bill passed the Senate  89:8, and the House 257:167. Former VP Candidate, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan voted in favor of the bill.

Moody’s has already sent a warning to Congress that the Fiscal Cliff deal did absolutely nothing to solve the Nation’s crisis and is threatening to downgrade America’s credit rating yet again.

Knowing all of this as truth one must ask themselves, if taxes were going to be raised on the majority of Americans anyways, why didn’t we simply just go off the cliff? Had we jumped off the cliff yes taxes would have been raised, but spending would have been cut also. Instead, there are essentially no cuts in spending, massive tax hikes for the average American, and huge corporate tax cuts perpetuating the corporatism culture that the White House and Congress have become so accustomed to. As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can begin to rebuild. Should we not have just hit rock bottom? Americans have been told by the mass media that a ‘deal’ was struck and we have avoided some monstrosity of a disaster. However, when you actually read between the lines, the cliff seems like a much more suitable alternative to what we have been dealt.