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.

GOP Pushes Rubio 2016 Ticket as the Only Ticket

Senator Rubio (FL-R) was selected by the GOP mainstream to deliver the rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union address. This was swiftly followed by Time magazine naming Rubio, “The Republican Savior.” He has been pushed by the mainstream GOP as a Tea Party candidate who can bring the party together. However, upon review of his voting record many problems arise. Does the liberty title stick?

Marco Rubio, “We choose more government instead of more freedom” (RNC Speech, 2012). It is hard to imagine what reaction our founding fathers would have had to Rubio’s speech. Even more disappointing to them would have been the thunderous applause he received only a few seconds after he dared to utter those words. Rubio is of course referring to Americans having their constitutional rights stripped away by the Patriot Act and the NDAA.  The NDAA being the legislation that allows for indefinite detention of US citizens without right to trial, due process, etc. Obama’s own judge ruled it Rubiounconstitutional. Obama of course said that the ruling was unconstitutional and was an attempt to override the power of his presidency. So Obama appealed the ruling. Rubio’s Senate vote on the NDAA provision to unconstitutionally detain you? Senate Amendment 1126 was introduced to prohibit the federal government from detaining US citizens without due process and trial. Rubio voted Nay. Here is the full Senate vote. It is interesting to note that more Democrats voted against President Obama than did Republicans. Proving that the GOP is indeed in no way currently in a position to call themselves champions of the Constitution. Rubio gave a foreign policy speech that essentially proves he’s eye-to-eye with Obama in regards to blatant disregard of the Constitution when it comes to war. He may even have more radical views on policy than did Bush junior. When Senator Rand Paul, KY-R) introduced Senate Bill 3576, which if passed would have stopped the federal government from handing billions of dollars to the very people that attack us, Rubio refused to vote, which is essentially voting not to support it. Here is the full Senate vote. Rubio’s lack of support for this bill only proves his inability to respect and understand the Constitution of this country.

One must look to the mistakes of 2012 to see why the GOP lost. They could not secure the youth vote, or the liberty vote. Propelling a candidate who does not have a solid record on the Constitution will only continue to split the GOP. We haven’t heard of many Libertarians or Tea Party goers that believe in choosing more government instead of more freedom. Karl Rove has recently declared a war on the Tea Party and all liberty candidates promising to quite them with his money and the mass of donors he has gathered. However, how Tea Party is Rubio if Rove and the very unpopular mainstream Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to push him as the 2012 VP running mate to Romney? One must wonder why Rubio is not under fire from Rove as is the rest of the Liberty movement.

Republicans Poised to Repeat 2012 Mistakes on 2016 ticket: Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan

Not even a week after the 2012 Presidential election and GOP names are being floated for the 2016 ticket. Who is on the top of the list so far? To name a few of the top 5, none other than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Wisconsin Congressman, 2012 VP GOP pick Paul Ryan. What do they all have in common? None of them are conservatives and have voted against the constitution

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio 

many, many times.  This comes as no surprise seeing as how the GOP seems unable to understand that the only way to get back their base and attempt to gather new attention is to stick to the constitution. After all,  the Libertarian,  constitutionalist  movement is the fastest growing in the country. This movement is the very thing that made the Republic great. Yet, establishment Republicant’s are missing out on millions of energized young voters, and they don’t seem to mind.

Let’s Break them down:

Marco Rubio, “We choose more government instead of more freedom” (RNC Speech, 2012). It is hard to imagine what reaction our founding fathers would have had to Rubio’s speech. Even more disappointing to them would have been the thunderous applause he received only a few seconds after he dared to utter those words. Rubio is of course referring to Americans having their constitutional rights stripped away by the Patriot Act and the NDAA.  The NDAA being the legislation that allows for indefinite detention of US citizens without right to trial, due process, etc. Obama’s own judge ruled it unconstitutional. Obama of course said that the ruling was unconstitutional and was an attempt to override the power of his presidency. So Obama appealed the ruling. Rubio’s senate vote on the NDAA provision to unconstitutionally detain you? Senate Amendment 1126 was introduced to prohibit the federal government from detaining US citizens without due process and trial. Rubio voted Nay.  The media has completely blacked out the NDAA, so if you were hoping that maybe a conservative media source such as Fox News would be reporting on this big government, unconstitutional overreach you will have to look elsewhere. Since most Republicans are voting in favor of destroying the constitution you will have to do a little digging to see just how they voted on allowing the government to detain you. Here is the full Senate vote. It is interesting to note that more Democrats voted against President Obama than did Republicans. Proving that the GOP is indeed in no way currently in a position to call themselves champions of the Constitution. Rubio gave a foreign policy speech that essentially proves he’s eye-to-eye with Obama in regards to blatant disregard to the Constitution when it comes to war. He may even have more radical views on policy than did Bush junior. When Senator Rand Paul, KY (R) introduced Senate Bill 3576, which if passed would have stopped the federal government from handing billions of dollars to the very people that attack us, Rubio refused to vote, which is essentially voting not to support it. Here is the full Senate vote. Rubio’s lack of support for this bill only proves his inability to respect and understand the constitution of this country.

Jeb Bush. The name alone is enough to send shivers down the spine of any young voter. Those who grew up during the Bush Jr. years are so turned off to the idea of anything remotely close to do with the Bush family that it’s essential suicide to even think about propelling another Bush into office. Republicans lost faith in them, Democrats never liked them to begin with, and the youth are terrified of them. Of course, that won’t keep Karl Rove and his powerful friends at Fox News  from propelling the name. After all, we’re told that war-time manufacturers and black gold, and the Federal Reserve can be pretty persuasive these days. Oh, you didn’t know that his great-grandfather served as a chairman for the unconstitutional Federal Reserve? If that’s not enough for you, let’s consider the following. Jeb said that the banker bailout that gave failed banks over 700 billion dollars of tax-payer money was “The right thing to do“. Interesting position for someone to take who has a family tied to the Federal Reserve. Let us also not forget that every war we have been involved in since WWII has been unconstitutional. Wars that the family started. Additionally, it was his father George H.W. Bush that brought Agenda 21 and all of its unconstitutional, anti-American demands to America. This is the agenda that seeks to end National sovereignty, end private property rights, and contains language such as this “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective”. 

Chris Christie has consistently supported unconstitutional legislation that has destroyed NJ citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights. He has insisted that illegal immigrants coming to America is not a crime and essentially refused to prosecute illegals. He even now seems prepared to support illegals in-state tuition breaks at local colleges and universities. Furthermore, he now believes climate change is indeed real, which can only result in him supporting the unconstitutional EPA, which destroys millions of American jobs and even people’s lives.

Paul Ryan, begs for bailout? Wait, not Paul Ryan… He’s a real conservative, right? Wrong. Ryan seems to have no problem with voting against his principles. Ryan is an absolute champion of corporatism; and although his speech has some mighty fancy rhetoric in it make no mistake that giving wall-street billions in bailouts has failed. If he understood economics and the free-market capitalist system that made this country great, like he says he does, then why would he vote against his own claimed principles? If that’s not enough, Ryan is also parallel to Rubio when it comes to the NDAA. He believes that the federal government should have the right to detain you without trial, without due process, without your constitutional rights, indefinitely. So, he voted to make it happen. Furthermore, Ryan voted in favor of CISPA, which will allow the federal government and large internet companies (more corporatism) to exchange your private information and monitor you in an obviously unconstitutional manner.

So there you have it. Just a few of many unconstitutional, non-conservative things these men have championed for. You may find yourselves asking: How did these guys make it to the short list when even Democrats are voting more conservative than they are? Why are they being championed as some of the most conservative members in government? Who else is on the list? Anyone at all that can end this madness and keep the GOP from repeating their 2012 mistakes? If there is, it’s Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul (R) who is listed at number six. Paul is the only one who has consistently voted for the constitution and supported the American people on all of the above discussed issues. He is the only one who seems to know the difference between capitalism and corporatism, while at the same time remaining wildly popular with an energetic base who are poised to advance him into office. If the GOP has any hope of taking the White House in 2016 that hope is in the hands of Rand Paul.