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Randal Howard "Aqua Buddha"[2] Paul (b. 1963) is a junior Senator from Kentucky, writer for Breitbart, and son of a racist Keebler elf Ron Paul. By profession, Paul is a self-certified ophthalmologist.[3]

In 2010, Republicans nominated this non-Kentuckian for a Senate seat which was being vacated. [4] Three years later, Rand was the point man for the Benghazi investigations.[5] He's a serial liar who needs to feed on fear of brown people in order to maintain his status within the GOP.[6]

In 2016, Paul announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. His problem is he tried to appeal to way too many groups: The needle was stuck at 5% (more like 4.5%)[7] for months, trailing four points behind Ben Carson.[8] He eventually fell out of the race, pocketing $752k as he went.[9]

His official Facebook page was one of the funniest places on the internet.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Contents

[edit] True political leanings

See the main article on this topic: Vulgar libertarianism
There are people who say we [Republicans] need to be more moderate. I couldn't disagree more.
—Rand Paul[17]

Both Pauls are registered Republicans; however, Ron is actually a paleolibertarian at heart. Whereas Ron Paul identifies as a "libertarian", Rand has come to resent the label.[18] Word has it that Ron never trusted Rand or his commitment to those ideals, and it has caused friction between them in the past.[19]

[edit] Militarism

To wit, he has consistently been hawkish on the War on Terror: calling for Guantanamo detainees to be tried in military tribunals rather than civilian courts,[20] a moratorium on travel visas from "terrorist nations,"[21] the construction of overseas military bases,[22] and opposing Constitutional protections for accused foreign terrorists.[23] The man compared Muslims in New York City to the KKK. Real class act.[24]

His jumping on Trump's bandwagon was just a happy accident. He flip-flopped on the Russian issue (starting with the annexation of Crimea)[25] back when Trump hadn't yet even considered running for president. A related example would be his call to build missile shields in Poland and the Czech Republic, and then make Europe pay for it.[26]

On Fox News, when asked which bases on foreign soil he would like to see closed, the elder Paul answered succinctly, "All of them."

[edit] Drug sentencing

Same goes for his actual views on the drug war. He's adamant about not legalizing pot, even the medicinal kind, and condemns users as shiftless—just like everyone else in the GOP.[27][28] He favors lower sentences for drug offenders and for "letting the states decide"[29] — which is just about the worst policy on anything: states continued to criminalize alcohol after the lifting of prohibition — but he would not legalize it in any form. Rand even equated student debt forgiveness with giving out free heroin.[30]

He supported a Republican bill that, according to a committee report, could be used to force the federal government to crack down, among many other things, on states where weed has been legalized.[31] The bill would enable Congress to sue the President (because they really need more incentive to do that) if he doesn't jam up enough drug users in those states.

[edit] Free market

Mere months after running on a platform[32][33] of...

Stop letting the Government pick winners and losers - Let the free market decide!

...he bragged about bringing home a quarter billion via earmarks for an Ohio River project which will "Help keep Kentucky coal competitive against alternatives like wind and solar" (his words). Basically a big handout to KY coal—because that's who funds him—so they can remain federally-ordained winners against Big Solar while at the same gutting their employees' pensions.[34]

[edit] Evangelical Bingo

...Rand Paul told a crowd in Iowa that "Nobody here" was trying to ban birth control. Either Rand Paul has a terrible memory, or he has such low self esteem that he considers himself "nobody," because just last year, Rand Paul cosponsored a bill that would have banned certain forms of birth control.
—Erin Gloria Ryan[35]

In 2013, Rand endorsed the Virginia Tea Party's candidate for Governor. In his stump speech, Rand babbled something about eugenics, citing the Wikipedia summary of the film Gattaca as his source.[36][37] What this had to do with Ken Cuccinelli or his sodomy law is anyone's guess; it was probably prepared at the last minute.

On the issue of same-sex marriage, Rand again takes a state's rights approach.[38] He approved of the SCOTUS decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act,[39] but appeared on Glenn Beck after the ruling to express concern that it will result in bestiality.[40]

In 2015, he blamed "the lack of fathers and the lack of morals" for the unrestWikipedia's W.svg in Baltimore, Maryland as his own son was being arrested for drunk driving for the third time.[41][42]

In 2016, he introduced a bill that would grant Constitutional rights to fetuses.[43] Oh, so now he's in favor of the 14th Amendment?[44]

Also, he thinks the United States is a "Christian nation", and that Christianity is or should be the basis of the country's laws[45]...It's hard to visualize how Paul would be different from any other Republican president.

[edit] Half-breed, that's all I ever heard

I think it’s a little like a compass. It used to be whatever would please 15-year-old Ayn Rand readers was his position.
Ann Coulter,[46] CNN.
I think he was doing as much following as he was leading. He wanted to win more than he wanted to support the principles.
—Frayda Levin, libertarian GOP donor[47]

Despite all this, Cheney and other neo-cons don't trust him, regarding him as "not one of us," which is enough to have libertarian blogs foaming about his candidacy.[48]

Real libertarians are less gung-ho; in particular, his support of voter IDs and dumping more guns in the mideast. They’ve forgiven the Senator for his shape-shifting before, but were apoplectic when he signed the GOP’s Iran letter (to "help Obama", he said),[49] with some calling it "the last straw."[50][51]

Rand has expressed the wish that the Tea Party was an real party so that he could leave the GOP and join them.[52] Uh huh.[53] It's pretty clear his "Tea Party tidal wave" was just lip-service, anyway; he backed Mitch McConnell against the Freedom Caucus coup, and lacks the cajones to kick over any anthills like Cruz does.[54]

[edit] Genuine libertarianism

See the main article on this topic: Stopped clock

He has opposed the PATRIOT Act and actually filibustered its renewal.[55] though the Senate reauthorized part of it while banning the NSA's bulk surveillance[56]. He was also one of seven Republicans who voted against the NDAA.[57] He also filibustered Obama's appointment of John Brennan as the CIA director.[58]

After the Edward Snowden leaks, Rand Paul filed a class-action lawsuit against Barack Obama, claiming that the NSA's metadata gathering program is unconstitutional, and should be stopped with all archives deleted.[59] The suit has currently (January 2015) been stayed pending the result of a similar lawsuit.[60] The story was buried after it came out that Paul plagiarized sections of the subpoena.[61]

[edit] Libertarian crankery

  • Naturally, he ascribes tuition costs to a "monopoly" and overpaid teachers, which is easily remedied by encouraging everybody to teach online and lowball each others' fees. Then just deduct the principal and interest from graduates' paychecks for their "entire working career(s)", which will...change absolutely nothing.[30]
  • Rand, medical doctor, mind you, weighed in on the danger of vaccines in 2015.[63]
  • At one point in the Republican debates, he blamed the race riots in Ferguson, Missouri on exorbitant city fines.[64] Ditto the death of Eric Garner, killed in 2014 for selling cigarettes without a license: Rand blamed NYC's high cigarette taxes for such a senseless loss of life.[65] Kentucky is the #2 supplier of tobacco in the US.
  • Paul was able to attach "anti-poverty" legislation to H.R. 2028.[66] The gist is, if someone owns a corporation and wants to pay 5% income tax, all they have to do is claim that they're headquartered in an "economic freedom zone" (the same kind found in China and Vietnam). Now, you don't have to worry about laundering the money and moving it back to the US, because it's already there. The bill would also ease restrictions on skilled immigrants who want to move to these economically-depressed areas. Not only does this plan incentivize high unemployment for companies, it also incentivizes hiring non-US workers to fill those positions. Anyway, looks like it failed miserably. (When the Club for Growth hates your ideas, you've gone full wingnut.)[67]
  • Now that the nomination process is over, Cruz, Sanders, and Paul are back at their Senate jobs. WIGO with Rand Paul? Working hard on legalizing monopolies, of course. It's an interesting slight of hand: You take hippie phrases like "cooperation" and "voluntarism", and then equivocate them with copyright, trusts, and monopolies. Thanks, freedom![32]

[edit] Relationship with the militia movement

It seems he shares his father's Neo-Confederate sympathies: One of his former aides is Jack "Southern Avenger" Hunter, an ex-shock jock who preaches racial pride and has lauded the murder of Abraham Lincoln.[68] Rand also endorsed a Senate candidate from North Carolina who has ties to the League of the South.[69] Then there's Chris "Happy Nigger Day!" Hightower[70] and all those other KKK guys he hired or hangs around with... Coincidentally, both Pauls have claimed to have great relationships with "The Blacks."

Paul expresses support for states' rights with regard to all land issues, including the Endangered Species Act and control of Federally-owned land. (One wonders what, if any, power should not be devolved to the states in Paul's mind.) To that end, Rand met with the sons of Cliven Bundy and promised that, if elected, he would make Nevada a sovereign state. The meeting transpired one year after Bundy tried to secede from the U.S. Less than six months later, the Bundys migrated to Oregon and seized another 100 acres there, including a federal building. Somehow, Rand did not sprint to a video camera to voice his support for the Bundy militia. He seems content to forget about his past dealings with the Bundys,[71] and the press doesn't seem too interested in re-hashing it.[72][73]

[edit] Recycling

All aboard the Randwagon!

Following the Gattica incident, the press had a field day digging through his books for pillaged material. It turns out that two of his books are full of fake "quotes" by the founding fathers.[74] It got worse. A 3-page chunk of Rand’s book Government Bullies turned out to be lifted in whole from a Heritage Foundation report.[75] As for Rand's vaunted opinions on drug sentencing? He published an Op-Ed piece that copied large blocks of text from an article that had been published just one week before — and for good measure, he included those same passages in a testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[76] His website seems to be getting scrubbed; the transcripts of some speeches have been pulled, presumably to make googling them harder,[77] and at least one other speech has had footnotes added to it.[78]

Rand has denied everything[79] and accused his critics, not making this up, of being "haters".[37]

[edit] AM I BEING DETAINED?!

@BernieSanders just bragged about getting a D- grade. And he wants to fix education.
—Tough talk from a guy who never graduated.[80]

One month after his nomination, Dr. Paul began ducking questions about his board certification. Or, more precisely, his lack thereof. In '99, he helped create the now-defunct[3] National Board of Ophthalmology — which is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties — so that him and his buddies can get re-certified without all the rigor bureaucratic red tape of that nasty, stodgy old American Board of Ophthalmology.[81] Paul is also a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a fringe group of conservative quacks that denies the link between HIV and AIDS and claims that Barack Obama won the presidency through some form of mind control.[82] They're also the generous providers of Andrew Schlafly's wingnut welfare.

See, when your daddy buys your way into med school after having dropped out of college, and then buys you your degree (Rand Paul didn't graduate from Baylor because he was too smart. Duke even let him into their graduate program without a bachelor's degree. Which is normal and has absolutely nothing to do with family connections)[83] as well as pays for you to pass the first medical board licensing exam, you might wind up thinking that you earned those letters after your name, and the right to call yourself "Dr." Of course, since he can't have Dad pay to pass his re-licensing exam, as it might raise too many questions, he had to invent his own "licensing" board so he wouldn't fail the test he didn't take the first time around.[84]

[edit] 2016 Presidential campaign

[edit] His mouth runneth over

To recap: the Five Minute Rule states that any member of the Paul family will make sense on any political issue for exactly five minutes. Precisely at the 5:00:01 mark, however, he will say something so far off the rails that you will find yourself looking at him as though he has sprouted a reptilian head out of his sternum.

—Charles P. Pierce[85]

It seems that diarrhea of the mouth runs in the Paul family.[note 1][86] Consider some of the comments that he made within a few days of his Senate nomination:

  • On May 11th, 2011, Rand Paul stated that a right to health care equals slavery for health care workers, since you now "have a right to come to my house and conscript me" and "have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you."[87] He has a point, enslaved doctors are a really big problem in Canada.
  • The weekend before he was nominated, Rand said he wouldn't mind seeing a repeal of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), one of America's few bragging rights, because it is unfair to businesses.[88]
  • After winning the nomination, Rand told interviewers Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Robert Siegel of NPR that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should never have been passed. He later backtracked, telling people that he was not a racist. Again, it's nothing personal; he just thinks that the Act was harmful to businesses.[89]
    • He's since been trying to frame himself as one of the only minority-friendly politicians in the GOP,[90] leading to giggles all round. But Rand, if those comments don't reflect who you really are, why did you hold your victory party at an "exclusive" country club?
  • A few days later, Rand chastised President Obama, not BP, for the corporation's handling of the oil and gas volcano that they created in the Gulf of Mexico. According to him, Obama's criticism of BP is "anti-business" and "un-American", whatever that means.[91]
  • He told an interviewer that there would be no need for laws if everybody was a Christian. Specifically, "I see that Christianity and values is the basis of our society… 98% of us won’t murder people, won’t steal, won’t break the law and it helps a society to have that religious underpinning."[45] We tried that. It was called European history between approximately 1000-1700 AD.
  • More on the BP oil volcano, Rand thought that people should stop playing the blame game because, well, shit happens.[92]

And all that, folks, happened in just one week — which is a shame because that same week he canceled what would have been a lulzy interview on NBC's Meet the Press. According to reporter Domenico Montanaro, Rand was only the third "major guest" in the show's 63 year history to cancel.[93]

[edit] It's Not Happening

His father had a certain spark, right? There's a little spark in there. Rand doesn't have that spark. Rand doesn't have that spark.
Donald Trump[94] (Yes, that overtly racist spark)

Rand's announcement of his candidacy was celebrated with an emblematic event: YouTube took his announcement offline due to copyright violations.[95] The free market works.

He had the same tax policy as Carson,[96][97] and his views on immigration, guns,[98] 'school choice', unions, minimum wage, the EPA,[99] abortion, the Affordable Care Act, marriage (of Kim Davis, Paul said she was standing up for "the American way")[100], climate change, evolution, etc. were all the GOP standard. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Also, he is not a pacifist or anti-war candidate; he just thinks Congress should be the ones to declare war, or should only use drones, or Constitution...?

Tell us again about how Paul's the most consistent candidate and always sticks to his ideals:

Issue Flip Flop
Enemy combatants "I believe we try the terrorists captured on the battlefield in military tribunals at GITMO.”[101] "If you are overseas and you are captured in a battlefield and you are shooting at us, I think you get no due process, probably zero due process if you are firing a weapon at us, or you are involved in a battle."[20]
Drone warfare "I really don’t think he’ll drop a Hellfire missile on a café in Houston like I’m talking about, but it really bothers me he [President Obama] won’t say that he won’t. And it bothered me that when he was a member of this body, he had a much higher standard on civil liberties than he seems to now."[102] "If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him...Fighting terrorism and capturing terrorists must be done while preserving our constitutional protections."[103]
NATO "It is our role as a global leader to be the strongest nation in opposing Russia's latest aggression. Putin must be punished for violating the Budapest Memorandum, and Russia must learn that the U.S. will isolate it if it insists on acting like a rogue nation."[25] "Who needs to be part of NATO? What does NATO need to be at this point? One of the big things the neocons—the people in the Republican Party sort of on the other side from where I come from—is they want Georgia to be part of NATO. Well, Georgia sits right on the border of Russia. Do you think that might be provocative to put them in NATO? NATO's treaty actually says that if they're attacked, we will defend them. So, if the treaty means something, that means all of a sudden we're at war with Russia."[25]
Israel "While this budget proposal does eliminate foreign aid to Israel, it is not meant to hurt, negate, or single out one of America’s most important allies...Israel’s ability to conduct foreign policy, regain economic dominance, and support itself without the heavy hand of U.S. interests and policies, will only strengthen the Israeli community.[104] "We have never introduced anything that phased out or gets rid of Israel aid. Israel has always been a strong ally of ours and I appreciate that.”[105]
DAESH "I think there has to be a limit and that if we go to war again−and I’m not saying we never go to war, that’s why I’ve even said I don’t rule out airstrikes−but if we’re going to go to war there needs to be a vote of the American people through their representatives."[106] "If I had been in President Obama’s shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against ISIS. I would have called Congress back into session—even during recess."[107]
Syria "There are already those in both parties who insist that we must have American GIs on the ground [in Syria]. I’m not sending any American soldiers. I’m not sending your son, your daughter or mine over to the middle of that chaos. The people who live there need to stand up and fight."[108] "If you want to tremble and worry about the future of our republic, listen to the president when he says, ‘Well, Congress won’t act. Therefore I must.’ Had he come forward and done the honorable thing, we would have approved. I would have approved an authorization of force."[108]

John McCain: "It’s a very interesting metamorphosis."

Voting Rights Act “I’m a Republican who wants to restore a federal role for the government in the Voting Rights Act.”[109] "We have an African-American president. African-Americans are voting at a higher percentage in the last election than whites. There doesn't seem to be any sort of systemic problem like there was in the South with precluding blacks from voting."[110]
Voter IDs "So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat'...We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”[111] "There’s nothing wrong with it. To see Eric Holder you’ve got to show your driver's license to get in the building. So I don’t really object to having some rules for how we vote. I show my driver's license every time I vote in Kentucky and I don’t feel like it is a great burden."[112]
Vaccines "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines."[113] "I did not say vaccines caused disorders, just that they were temporally related...I support vaccines, I receive them myself and I had all of my children vaccinated."[114]
Birth control "I am not opposed to birth control...Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that."[115] "The interesting thing about this is, if you force the employer to buy this insurance [Affordable Care Act], they’re actually paying for something they find morally objectionable. But this has nothing to do with contraception. I have no objection to contraception, but I do have an objection to infringing on people’s religious liberty and their ability to decide what products to buy in the marketplace.”[116]
Iran "I think people want to paint my father into some corner, but if you look at it intellectually, look at the evidence that Iran is not a threat. Iran cannot even refine their own gasoline."[113] "I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran's nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures."[49]
Environmentalism "It boggles my mind to think that somehow Republicans have been branded as a party that doesn't like the environment...I'm a crunchy conservative and a tree hugger and proud of it."[117] "The first thing I would do as president is repeal the regulations that are hampering our energy that the President has put in place. Including the Clean Power Act. While I do think that man may have a role in our climate, I think nature also has a role."[118]
NSA "I have fought for several years now to end the invasive and illegal spying of the NSA on ordinary Americans. I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty."[119] "I would say that targeted surveillance — I’m not against surveillance. I’m not against looking at records.”[120]
14th Amendment "The original author of the—of the Fourteenth Amendment said on the Senate floor that this was applying to slaves, and did not specifically apply to others."[44][note 2] "Under the 14th Amendment, it is the government’s duty to protect life as defined in our Constitution."[43]

Maybe Rand would have been even a quarter bit the "lightning rod" to millennials journalists claimed he was if he stood by, well, any of his policies. The elder Paul these days actually comes across as the voice of reason.[20][121][122]

[edit] I'm not just crazy, I was crazy first! Guys? Guys, where are you going?

I was out-niggered by John Patterson. And I'll tell you here and now, I will never be out-niggered again.
George Wallace to his campaign staff, 1958.

With his numbers in the tank, Rand fell back on his Hey! Anybody wanna audit the Fed? rhetoric,[123] since that usually plays well with his dad's constituency. He also tried running against Sanders on the left, using the old chestnut of what if the majority voted for slavery?[124][125]

Once the racists flocked to Trump, it was all over. In response, Rand began staking out fringe positions on immigration[126] and gun control, claiming the nation needs fewer gun-free zones[127]

It’s important to note that Rand believes “it’s a mistake to base immigration or moratoriums based on religion,” as Trump advocates. That's why he has introduced a different bill, the Stop Extremists Coming Under Refugee Entry Act (SECURE), a whole week before Trump did. Look who's plagiarizing now?[128] Actually, Paul stole an earlier proposal from Franklin Graham.[129] No doubt it was kicked around on Stormfront long before any of these mainstream losers started touting it, though. Paul added that, despite being a “great advocate of privacy,” he is in favor of “targeted surveillance” of people who speak Arabic. He framed it as a personal freedom issue, by taking the billions spent on digging up phone records and redirecting those resources toward brown people, which does not count as surveillance.[120]

As for ISIS, Paul plans to re-arm the Kurds and put "Arab boots on the ground". In other words: funding more wars in the Middle East.[130] Proxy wars are still wars and it's doubly stupid from a person who never hesitates to mention "blowback" when it comes to American foreign policy.

Apparently he has had second thoughts or something: Trump switched gears in Iowa, accusing his opponents of wasting more of America's blood and treasure. And there was Paul in his rear-view mirror, squawking about how airstrikes aren't in the budget this year and the government's making everything worse! He's between a rock and a hard-right place:

Rand Paul’s presidential hopes mostly went out the window in mid-2014 when the Islamic State released videos of beheaded Americans. Those videos ended whatever post-Bush infighting existed within the Republican Party about the wisdom of rampant overseas intervention, and those videos prompted Paul to hedge. That hedging didn’t endear him to the hawks at all, though it did depress his libertarian fan base. The result was a dud of a campaign. —Jim Newell[131]

[edit] The Thing That Wouldn't Leave

Maybe we should just tell them in advance we won't show up for any more of their stupid debates... they can't keep us off the internet.
—Its 10:00 pm, Ron. Do you know where your child is?[132]

A this point, he would streak in front of an NFL game if he thought it would get his name in the papers. By December, Rand was polling low enough that he was almost excluded from the Las Vegas debate.[13][133][134] While disappointed with the Debate Commission and TV networks for narrowing the field of candidates, Paul respects their right as private corporations to choose their own methodology to select from a wide field of candi—just kidding, the libertarian answer is to hypocritically sue them with laws you hate.[135][136] CNN has yet to explain how he made the cut.[137]

In January, FOX finally dumped him. Paul responded that he was boycotting the debate in "protest", but within 48 hours was pleading with them to let him onstage, citing a Des Moines poll placing him at a dismal 5%.[138][139] He spent a couple of weeks livetweeting the RNC and DNC debates[14][80] and insisting that he was still in the race.[47] He even offered to bribe hand out letters of recommendation[140] to students in exchange for warm bodies at his rally.[note 3] Odds are a sizable portion of the attendees were from out of state to see Rand's dad, not him.[141]

Between Trump and Bernie stealing his votes, the Senate telling him to go pound sand,[142] the Tea Party's defection, and News Corp hanging him out to dry,[143] Rand has just one thing to say to us: Read between the lines![144] And no, that's not hyperbole. Looks like holding his breath and stamping his feet the extra prep time paid off: Paul became a prime-time player again, albeit briefly, thanks to Donald's exit from the second Iowa debate (the latest volley in Trump's on-again, off-again war with FOX)[145]. A bit like winning a ticket on the Titanic.

[edit] Rand Paul 2020 2024 2028

No, no, no! Please don’t tweet that.
—Paul’s press secretary, Kelsey Cooper, as Paul threatens to "un-suspend" his campaign.[146]

Time of death, February 3.[147] The PAC which supported Paul is now, quite sensibly, backing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.[148]

Ron had 3 presidential bids between 1988-2012. If history tells us anything, we are are in for at least 20 more years of Rand pandering to geeks, potheads, conspiracy theorists and racists.

[edit] Trump's conscience

Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain.
Donald Trump, in the greatest stopped clock moment of his life[149]
I would say we've actually done more in the last four weeks than we've done in the last six years.
—If you ignore the illegalities and treason things are looking great![150]

What's this? A libertarian supporting the most authoritarian nominee?[151] Quelle surprise. Then again, libertarians and paleoconservatives have an overlapping ideology.

Writing for the website Rare, Paul warned Republicans they had better repeal-and-replace Obamacare, or else. How can Republicans vote for a replacement when they don't have a replacement ready? (And no, "replace it with freedom" doesn't count.)[152] Never fear: if you love IRA funds, you'll come out ahead with Paul's "Health Savings Accounts". But if you don't earn enough to sock away tens of thousands, well, it's back to pre-Obamacare for you. If he's going to implement a huge tax deduction, he should qualify it by an income limit. All this does is incentivize the 1% to spend more on cosmetic procedures like veeners, micro-dermabrasions, liposuctions etc. so they'll resemble the cast of Hunger Games even more.[153]

Americans should feel grateful that they have have Dr. Paul holding Trump's feet to the fire. Not only did he cast McCain's position on Trump/Russia as a personal vendetta, he managed to slip in a John McCain will "bankrupt the nation" and lead us to "perpetual war" for good measure.[154] He also pledged to "keep an open mind" on Tillerson (that's politico-speak for he's got my vote),[155] took a bullet for Flynn (against the objections of other Republicans),[156] and has confirmed Jeff Sessions.[157] Paul said of Sessions, "The thing is, I’ve seen pictures of him marching for voting rights with John Lewis." It's a nice dodge: Sessions did indeed march with Lewis, but it was on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when there was less chance of getting the tobacco kicked out of him.

Remember the Bowling Green MassacreWikipedia's W.svg? Rand made the same "mistake" on Morning Joe. Very funny coincidence. The closest thing KY experienced to terrorism was a story from 2009 about a couple of refugees with ties to Iraq. Rand turned it into an "attempted bombing", and Conway spinned that into a "massacre".[158] If this trend continues, Spicer will call it the "Kentucky Genocide" and Trump will refer to it as the "Bowling Green Extinction Event".

[edit] See also

  • Triangulation - He's a staunch libertarian, except when he's not.
  • John Kasich - Kasich & Paul are both candidates for the "Most Likeable Republican to Liberals" award, which is why you're going to see crossover appeal between Rand and Bernie's bases at times.
  • Jeb Bush - Where people got this idea that Paul is idiosyncratic and his own man is a mystery. If the speeches aren't 98% in line with the GOP,[159] it's probably something he picked up from the John Birch Society.[160] Which is becoming more and more mainstream anyhow.

[edit] Videos

[edit] External links

[edit] Notes

  1. Remember that in 1992, after the riots in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict, Papa Paul wrote in one of his newsletters that the rioting only stopped when the rioters left to pick up their welfare checks.
  2. Yep, looks like he's getting the hang of being a Republican! It's also interesting how Rand Paul wants the 14th amendment to be repealed and extended at the same time. It's almost as if he doesn't care what the Constitution says, and simply wants an excuse to force his personal views onto others.
  3. Remember when his father's supporters were outraged over Romney handing out free sandwiches?

[edit] References

  1. Bill Maher Describes Rand Paul: It's As If Sarah Palin Made It Through Med School, Huffington Post
  2. Condon, Stephanie, "Rand Paul Not a Kidnapper 'In a Legal Sense', Accuser Says", CBS, 8.11.10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rand Paul has another problem
  4. Russell Berman, "Rand Paul Purchases a Path Around an Inconvenient Kentucky Law", The Atlantic 8.19.15. Constitutions are sacred documents until they're not.
  5. "Rand Paul to Clinton: I would have fired you", Politico (01/23/13 02:39 PM EST).
  6. Kessler, Glenn, "Rand Paul’s claim there was ‘no plane’ for Special Ops forces in Benghazi", WaPo 5.28.14.
  7. Doherty, Brian, "No Rand Paul Surprise in Iowa; Fifth Place, Likely 4.5 Percent", Reason (2/1/16 10:47 pm).
  8. "Rand Paul: 'The Days of Pollsters Being Accurate Are Gone'" Real Clear Politics 2.1.15.
  9. 2016 Rand Paul financial disclosures, Federal Electoral Commission. It's all about the Paul family money bombs.
  10. Montage of photos taken directly from Rand's page of the impressive rallies he's held (he's really packing them in!)
  11. The spam was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be un-made. #StandWithRand
  12. It's Happening! Rand Paul Money Bomb Page Has 6 Likes!
  13. 13.0 13.1 Looks like the Invisible Hand is flipping him the Invisible Bird.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Rand: "You won't want to miss what I have to say about Hillary and Bernie!" Did Rand just forget that DNC debates are only for Democratic candidates? And what's with the clickbait-y title? "7 unbelievable rebuttals to Hillary and Bernie! #4 will AMAZE you!"
  15. They're called Paulbots for a reason.
  16. Hundreds show up for for Paul's 10,000 student rally. "You thought the Silent Majority was impressive? This majority doesn't even exist!"
  17. "So Long Bipartisanship - Rand Paul urges Republicans to be even less moderate", The Week 6.15.14.
  18. Newton-Small, James, "Is Rand Paul Good or Bad for Republicans?", TIME 3.17.10.
  19. Jay Mewton Small, "The Ghosts of Ron Paul Haunt His Son", TIME.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 McLaughlin, Seth, "Paul father and son differ on issue of closing Guantanamo", Washington Times 4/17/13.
  21. Laing, Keith, "Paul moves to block visas for Syrian refugees", The Week (11/17/15 09:32 AM EST).
  22. Paul, The Tea Party Comes To Washington, 2001.
  23. Harkinson, Josh, "How Libertarian is Rand Paul?", Mother Jones (5/21/10, 3:58 PM EDT).
  24. McCarthy, Tom, "Rand Paul points to Ku Klux Klan in citing aversion to 'Ground Zero mosque'", The Guardian (5/27/15 12.02 EDT).
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Corn, David, "Rand Paul's Big Flip-Flop on Russia", Mother Jones (3/14/14 at 6:59 AM). But then, we know that libertarians have a soft spot for right-wing dictators.
  26. Brennan, Patrick, Rand Paul’s Plan for Ukraine: Bizarre and Delusional", National Review (3/10/14 11:45 PM). The missiles just got TEN FEET LONGER!
  27. Steven Nelson, "Paul's claim about ambition, health and IQ are wrong.", USNews.
  28. J. Arthur Bloom, "Rand Paul Learns to Love the Drug War?", American Conservative.
  29. Rand Paul On the Issues - 2010 Kentucky Senate Debates, Associated Press.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Kalli Joy Gray, "Rand Paul Wants You To Just Say No To Heroin, Book-Learnin’", Wonkette.
  31. Eric W. Dolan, "Rand Paul backs bill that could lead to crack down on states where voters legalized weed", Raw Story.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Albreight, Logan, "Rand Paul's Audacious Antitrust Proposal", freedomWorks 3.29.16.
  33. Albreight, Logan, "Rand Paul Wants to Legalize Cooperation", The Hill (4/28/16 at 11:30am).
  34. Desrochers, Daniel, "Rand Paul takes issue with funding for miner pension plan", Lexington Herald Reader (9/8/16 at 3:46 PM). He and Mitch care about the coal industry...owners. The workers can go fuck themselves.
  35. Ryan, "'Nobody' Is Trying to Ban Birth Control, Says Guy Who Tried to Ban It", Jezebel (8/06/14 2:30pm).
  36. Alana Horowitz Satlin, "Rand Paul Plagiarized Speech From Wikipedia, Rachel Maddow Says", Huffington Post.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Margaret Hartmann, "Rand Paul’s Wikipedia Plagiarism Defense", NY Mag.
  38. Rand Paul All Right With 'Neutral' Federal Gay Marriage Law, Huffington Post
  39. Rand Paul on Gay Marriage: GOP Needs to 'Agree to Disagree', ABC
  40. Post-DOMA, Rand Paul Fears Humans Marrying Non-Humans, MSNBC.
  41. Rand Paul Blames 'Lack of Fathers' for Baltimore Unrest—But His Own Son Was Just Arrested for Drunk Driving, Alternet. No election would be complete without a Bristol Palin.
  42. Rand Paul's son cited for DUI after car crash, USA Today. But see drunk driving is not a violation of the NAP, Your Honor.
  43. 43.0 43.1 Miles, Carla, "Rand Paul Bill to Give Unborn Children Constitutional Protection", Examiner (1/2216 12:59 PM MST). Give unborn children the right to vote, too.
  44. 44.0 44.1 Epps, Garrett, "How Rand Paul Misunderstands the Fourteenth Amendment", The Atlantic 9.24.14.
  45. 45.0 45.1 Rand Paul: We Wouldn't Need Laws If Everyone Were Christian, Religion Dispatches.
  46. Smith, Sarah, "Coulter to Paul: 'Just pick a position'", Politico, 8.16.14.
  47. 47.0 47.1 Shane Goldmacher, Alex Isenstadt and Daniel Strauss, "Inside Rand Paul's Slow-Motion Collapse", Politico (02/03/16 07:46 PM EST).
  48. Lew Rockwell alert
  49. 49.0 49.1 Igor Bobic, "Rand Paul Claims He Signed Iran Letter In Order To Help Obama" Huffington Post 3.15.15. How exactly is "I can't even get congress to cooperate and stop acting like children" dealing from a position of strength?
  50. Olivia Nuzzi, "Why Real Libertarians Hate Rand Paul", The Daily Beast.
  51. David Frum: Iran deal ends Rand Paul's candidacy.
  52. Theodore Schleifer, Rand Paul: Maan, Republican brand 'sucks' and is, like, 'broken' dude, CNN.
  53. Farrell, Keith, "Republican Liberty Caucus Leader Switches Support From Paul to Cruz", The Libertarian Republic 1.4.16. Rand to Tea Party: Remember your place, peons! Tea Party: Get stuffed.
  54. Peter Grier, "Rand Paul vs. Ted Cruz: Who's winning tea party voters?", Christan Science Monitor
  55. Dustin Volz and Kaveh Waddell, "After Over 10 Hours, Rand Paul Ends His NSA ‘Filibuster’", National Journal 5.20.15.
  56. Harris, Shane, "It’s NSA 1, Rand Paul 0 as the Senate Passes Patriot Act Reform", Daily Beast (06.02.15 3:30 PM ET).
  57. Sledge, Matt, "NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill Passes Senate After Rand Paul Calls It An 'Abomination'", HuffPo (12/21/2012 03:13 pm ET, updated 12/21/12).
  58. Parker, Ashley, "Rand Paul Leads Filibuster of Brennan Nomination", NYT (3/613 2:03 pm).
  59. US senator sues President Obama to stop NSA metadata dragnet
  60. If the Supreme Court tackles the NSA in 2015, it’ll be one of these five cases
  61. Adam Edelman, "Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul faces new plagiarism allegations over NSA suit against President Obama", The Daily News.
  62. Rand Paul in '08: Beware the NAFTA Superhighway, TPM
  63. Lerner, Adam B.. "Rand Paul Doubles Down on Vaccine Stance", Politico (2/02/15 05:52 PM EST).
  64. Emory, Jr., C. Eugene, "Budgets from Ferguson, Mo., don't support Rand Paul's claim on the city's reliance on civil fines", Politifact (1/28/16 at 11:43 p.m.).
  65. Fischer, Sam, "Rand Paul blames Eric Garner's death on high NYC cigarette tax", CNN, updated 12.4.14. Stop fires by outlawing fire trucks, since they show up at every fire!
  66. Potter, Mary, "Sen. Paul pushes Economic Freedom Zones ", West Kentucky Journal (4//20/16 at 3:52 pm).
  67. Boyd, Kevin, "Congress is about to vote on what Rand Paul calls 'the biggest anti-poverty initiative” in 50 years'", Rare (4/19/16 6:35 pm).
  68. Rand Paul: Questions About Neo-Confederate Ex-Aide a ‘Bunch of Crap’, ABC
  69. Rand Paul-Backed GOP Senate Candidate Held Rally With Secessionist Group, Mother Jones
  70. Blake, Aaron, "Rand Paul spokesman resigns as controversy swirls over writings", The Hill (12/17/09 08:25 pm).
  71. Blevins, Rachel, "Rand Paul Presidential Campaign Office Burglarized, Computers Stolen", Truth in Media 1.27.16. (Coincidence?)
  72. Gettys, Travis, "Cliven Bundy says Rand Paul promised to make Nevada a ‘sovereign state’ if he’s elected president", Raw Story (03 Jul 2015 at 09:42 ET). This guy would be scary if he actually had even the slightest chance of being elected President.
  73. Alderman, Julie, "Chuck Todd Doesn't Ask Rand Paul About Militia Takeover", Media Matters (1/3/16 4:07 PM EST).
  74. Andrew Kacynski and Megan Apper, "Rand Paul’s First Two Books Are Full Of Fake Founding Fathers Quotes", Buzzfeed (6/18/15 at 3:23 p.m.).
  75. Andrew Kaczynski, "Three Pages Of Rand Paul’s Book Were Plagiarized From Think Tanks", Buzzfeed.
  76. Andrew Kaczynski, "Sections Of Rand Paul’s Op-Ed On Drug Sentencing Plagiarized From Article Week Earlier", Buzzfeed.
  77. Andrew Kaczynski, "Rand Paul Speech Transcripts Disappearing From His Website", Buzzfeed.
  78. Andrew Kaczynski, "Speech On Rand Paul’s Website Quietly Updated To Include Footnotes", Buzzfeed.
  79. Weigel, David, "Rand Paul says ‘it’s idiocy’ to challenge his quotes from founding fathers", WaPo 10.27.15.
  80. 80.0 80.1 Tani, Maxwell, "Rand Paul skewers Democrats during aggressive debate live tweetstorm", Business Insider (1/18/16). Note: Bernie was boasting about his low approval from the NRA. There's plenty for libertarians to rip into Sanders about without making stuff up.
  81. Rand Paul's ophthalmology certification not recognized by national clearinghouse, Louisville Courier-Journal.
  82. Rand Paul part of AAPS doctors' group airing unusual views, Louisville Courier-Journal
  83. Kessler, Glenn, "Rand Paul’s claim — twice in one day — that he has a biology degree", WaPo 2.13.15.
  84. Sepkowitz, Kent, "The Biggest Rand Paul Outrage Yet", Daily Beast (6/15/10 7:07 AM ET). Everybody self-certifies, right? After all, who knows you're qualified better than yourself?
  85. Pierce, "The Five Minute Rule Is Hard But It Is Fair", Esquire.
  86. Does Racism Run in the Paul Family?, AOL.
  87. Rand Paul: If You Believe In A Right To Health Care, ‘You Believe In Slavery’, ThinkProgress.
  88. Rand Paul Wants To Abolish The Americans With Disabilities Act, Citing Fairness ‘To The Business Owner’, ThinkProgress
  89. Interview on Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast on May 19, 2010.
  90. Rand Paul's Audacious Outreach, National Journal
  91. Rand Paul: Obama Sounds 'Un-American' For Criticizing BP Over Gulf Oil Spill, Huntington Post
  92. The Rand Paul Quote Everybody's Ignoring, Huffington Post.
  93. Rand Paul cancels Meet the Press, NBC
  94. Al Weaver, "Trump goes after Rand Paul: 'Is he going to be primaried?'", Washington Examiner.
  95. Bump, Phillip, "YouTube’s copyright system has taken Rand Paul’s presidential announcement offline", WaPo 4.7.15.
  96. Chris Isadore, "Rand Paul's flat tax proposal: What it means for you", CNN. Nothing says "rebel" like 8 more years of trickle-down economics and neo-confederate social policy...
  97. Andrew Lundeen, Michael Schuyler, "The Economic Effects of Rand Paul’s Tax Reform Plan" Tax Foundation 6.18.15. ...And Tax Foundation already concluded it will add trillions to the debt every year because it can't raise enough revenue. Next.
  98. Miranda Blue, "Rand Paul: Put Stickers On School Windows Warning 'You Will Be Shot'", Right Wing Watch.
  99. Tanya Somander, "Rand Paul: The EPA ‘Turns Everyday Life Into A Federal Crime’", ThinkProgress.
  100. David Weigel, "Rand Paul says KY clerk’s gay marriage protest is ‘part of the American way’",Washington Post.
  101. Rand Paul official campaign website - on the issues.
  102. Ewing, Phillip, "Rand Paul Pulls Plug on Nearly 13-Hour Filibuster", Politico (03/06/13 12:33 PM EST, Updated 03/07/13 12:43 PM EST).
  103. Blake, Aaron, "Rand Paul says he was misunderstood on using drones against common criminals", WaPo 4.24.13.
  104. Jacobson, Louis, "Did Rand Paul propose cutting off aid to Israel?", PolitiFact (8/7/14 11:58 a.m.).
  105. Reinhard, Ben, "Rand Paul Rebuts Suggestion He Wanted to End Aid to Israel", WSJ (8/4/14 4:10 pm ET).
  106. Paul, Meet the Press 7.22.14.
  107. Benjy Sarlin, "Rand Paul’s epic ISIS flip-flop", MSNBC (09/04/14 02:49 PM, updated 09/04/14 09:52 PM).
  108. 108.0 108.1 Everett, Burgess, "Paul slams Syria plan", Politico (09/18/14 03:09 PM EDT).
  109. Sarlin, Benjy, "Rand Paul makes pitch to civil rights groups", MSNBC (07/25/14 11:04 AM, updated 07/25/14 06:06 PM).
  110. "Rand Paul On Voting Rights Act: 'We Have A Black President'", Real Clear Politics 6.25.13.
  111. Glueck, Katie, "Paul slams GOP on minorities, voting", Politico (09/18/14 08:30 PM EDT).
  112. Weigel, David, "Rand's Voter ID Walkback", Slate (5/14/14 10:15 AM).
  113. 113.0 113.1 Murray, Mark, "Rand Paul Has His Own History of Flip-Flops", MSNBC (4/7/15, 1:37 pm). Excerpts from CNBC interview (2/2/15) and an interview with Alex Jones.
  114. "Paul: 'I Did Not Allege Causation' Between Vaccines, Disorders", NBC interview (2/3/15 6:32 pm ET).
  115. Hamby, Peter, "Rand Paul: 'I am not opposed to birth control'", CNN (Updated 9/30/14, 8:53 PM ET).
  116. Alvarez, Alex, "Rand Paul Slams Birth Control Mandate: It Infringes On Religious Liberty As Wells As ‘Economic Freedom’", Mediate (2/15/15 11:07 am).
  117. Kelley, Marty, "Sure, Rand Paul Is Now A Tree Hugger, Why Not?", Wonkette (5/2715, 12:30pm).
  118. "Who said what and what it meant: The 4th GOP debate, annotated", WaPo 11.10.15.
  119. Paul, "I Will Stop the Illegal NSA Spying", TIME 5.30.15.
  120. 120.0 120.1 Christopher Massie, "Rand Paul: U.S. Should Spend More Time Monitoring 'People Who Speak Arabic'”, Buzzfeed (12/4/15, 2:43 p.m.).
  121. Zenon Evans, "Ron Paul and Rand Paul Disagree on Ebola Travel Ban Proposal", Reason.
  122. Katherine Miller, "Ron And Rand Paul Do Not Agree About ISIS", Buzzfeed.
  123. "President Paul? Wall Street on High Alert", Politico.
  124. Rand Paul: "'Democratic' Socialism Is Still Theft"
  125. Blue, Miranda, "Rand Paul Warns Sanders Presidency Could Lead to 'Mass Genocide'", Right Wing Watch (10/16/2015 10:52 am).
  126. Fisher, Anthony L., "As campaign falters, the Kentucky senator 'sounds the alarm'", Reason (12/14/15 t 1:27 pm). Welp. When you've lost Reason magazine, you may be all out of chips to play.
  127. Zeitz, Josh, "If Guns Make Us Safer, Why Not Let Them Into the U.S. Capitol?", Politico 7.18.15.
  128. Kalli Joy Gray, "Rand Paul Thought Of Banning Muslims First. How Come Trump Gets All The Credit?", Wonkette.
  129. Ed Kilgore, "Franklin Graham Anticipated Trump Proposal to Ban Muslim Immigration", New York Magazine. Rand Paul would trade shoes with Trump in a New York Minute. He's just pissed he didn't think of it first.
  130. Right, just like more cars on the street will stop traffic.
  131. Newell, "Rand Paul’s Hail Mary", Slate.
  132. Tani, Maxwell, "While GOP candidates were slugging it out at the debate, we spent the night with Rand Paul", Business Insider (1/15/16, 10:49 AM).
  133. Andrew Kaczynski, "Rand Paul: I’m Only Polling Bad Because Trump Gets All The Attention", Buzzfeed.
  134. Stephen Shepard, "Rand Paul Could Be Booted From Main Debate Stage", Politico.
  135. David Weigel, "Libertarians ready lawsuit against Commission on Presidential Debates", Washington Post.
  136. David Weigel, "Rand Paul, faced with debate snub, demands ‘the same treatment that Carly Fiorina was given’", Washington Post. Why, if it wasn't for Trump, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Christie, Fiorina, Kasich, and Bush he'd be the front-runner!
  137. Ben Kamisar, "Rand Paul makes GOP debate main stage", The Hill.
  138. Caplan, Rebecca, "Fox Business rejects Rand Paul's appeal to be included in GOP debate" CBS (1/13/16 3:26 PM EST).
  139. Griswold, Alex, "After Boycotting Debate, Rand Paul Asks Fox Business to Include Him on Main Stage", Mediate (1/13/16 12:46 pm EST).
  140. Feinberg, Ashley, [Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org "Are you currently enrolled at Iowa State University? Do you have a pulse? Then Rand Paul wants YOU"], Gawker (1/28/16 3:05pm).
  141. Elliot, Phillip, "Ron Paul Joins Son For Caucus-Eve Rally in Iowa", TIME 1.31.16.
  142. Taylor, Andrew, "Senate rejects Rand Paul's 'Audit the Fed' legislation", WRAL (1/14/16 3:53pm EST, updated 3:54pm).
  143. Gay Stolberg, Sheryl, "Fading Presidential Hopes Complicate Rand Paul’s Senate Re-Election Bid", NYT 1.20.16.
  144. Ellefson, Lindsey, "During Interview, Rand Paul Flips Off the Media", Mediate (1/14/16 1:30pm). You won't have Rand Paul to kick around anymore.
  145. Ballhaus, Rebecca, "Rand Paul Back on GOP Primetime Debate Stage as Donald Trump Mulls Exit", Wall Street Journal (1/26/16 6:17 pm ET). He's probably fantasizing about being carried around on everyone's shoulders.
  146. Weigel, Peter, "Rand Paul votes in the caucuses he created — but isn’t competing for", WaPo 3.5.16.
  147. John King, Manu Raju and Mark Preston, "Rand Paul dropping out of Presidential race", CNN (Updated 2/3/16, 12:27 PM ET).
  148. Tate, Christopher, "Super PAC that supported Rand Paul now backing Gary Johnson ", McClatchy (8/30/16 at 3:52 PM).
  149. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/630901938608017413
  150. https://mobile.twitter.com/FoxNews/status/833019004134453249?s=09
  151. Soave, Robby, "Rand Paul Will Endorse Donald Trump, the Least Libertarian GOP Nominee in Decades", Reason (May. 6, 2016 1:53 pm). Rand: "I've always said I will endorse the nominee."
  152. Paul, "Rand Paul: Repeal all of Obamacare and replace immediately", Rare (1/2/17 at 12:09 pm).
  153. Hiltzick, Michael, "Health savings accounts: Another conservative 'reform' nostrum that chiefly benefits the rich", LA Times (11.18.16 t 12:30 PM).
  154. Chait, Jonathan, "Fox News Congratulates Rand Paul For Being Loyal Trump Stooge", NY Mag (2/22/17 at 9:11 a.m.).
  155. Hensch, Mark, "Rand Paul: I'll keep ‘open mind’ on Tillerson", The Hill (12/13/16 05:23 PM EST).
  156. Logan, Bryan, "Rand Paul on investigating Trump controversies: 'I just don't think it's useful,' particularly when it's 'your own party'", Business Insider (2/15/17 at 12:09 AM).
  157. "Rand Paul’s vote to confirm Jeff Sessions is indefensible on its face, but was it still the right move?", Rare (2/10/17 at 12:01 PM).
  158. Kessler, Glenn, "Kellyanne Conway’s claim of a ‘Bowling Green massacre’", WaPo 2.3.17.
  159. Mallasy, Nicolas, "Rand Paul Asks Voters: ‘Have Any of You Ever Worked for a Poor Person?’", PJ Media 1.9.06.
  160. Maeby Gaver, "The Koch Brothers, Ron and Rand Paul, and the John Birch Society", Liberal America.
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