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Why The Rand Paul Bandwagon Is Truly Awful For Us

The three scariest words in American politics have to be President Rand Paul. Yet those seem to be the words that keep coming to the Kentucky Senator’s mind when he looks in a mirror.

Paul is clearly mulling over a presidential bid in 2016, most recently stoking speculation at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast event. “I want to be part of the national debate,” Paul said. “Being considered [as a potential White House candidate] is something that allows me to have a larger microphone.”

Quick, someone pull the plug.

Paul has acquired a kind of cult around him for his libertarian philosophy. In particular, young people, who are a rare commodity in today’s GOP, find Paul’s get-out-of-my-home stance appealing. The amazing thing is that they often mistake Paul’s ideology for acceptance. It’s not. Paul is hardly a pro-gay politician. He is by his own words “an old-fashioned traditionalist.” He once joked that President Obama’s views on marriage “couldn’t get any gay-er,” and the comment sure didn’t sound like a compliment. He’s also said that he wants to eliminate the Department of Education so that students wouldn’t have to hear about “the idea of Suzie has two mommies.”  

These are not the comments of a man who likes us.

Instead, Paul has a single mania. Like his father, Ron Paul,  he wants to eliminate the federal government. To him, that means that the federal government shouldn’t offer anti-discrimination protections so that people can live their lives. Depending on how you ask the question, you might get an answer that seems pretty okay. Ask it the other way, though, and it’s clear the answer is not. The government shouldn’t be in the business of criminalizing marijuana? Great. The government shouldn’t be in the business of determining whether AIDS drugs are safe enough to be on the market? Not so great.

Paul is trying to package a “new libertarianism” that seems more mainstream and less crackpot. But unless your a devotee of Ayn Rand, it’s still a radical view of a society where the wealthy are rewarded and the government does nothing to protect and enable everyone else. More than almost any other politician, Paul is motivated by a unified worldview.

It’s pretty clear that there’s very limited space for us in that universe.

Photo by Gage Skidmore

By:           John Gallagher
On:           Apr 18, 2013
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  • 22 Comments
    • Sohobod
      Sohobod

      Is this an Americanism: “…your a devotee of Ayn Rand”. Surely it’s an abbreviation of “you’re”, as in “you are”.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MuscleModelBlog.com
      MuscleModelBlog.com

      Very disturbing comments. Like the article said, his socially conservative viewpoints are not widely known. From what I understand, true libertarianism is actually very socially liberal.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      Libertarianism is a vile, intellectually bankrupt enterprise whose positions fail to withstand even the slightest scrutiny. It is a house of cards built on the assumption that coercion only comes from the state and that private exploitation of the poor is synonymous with freedom. Further, that the rich Manhattanite and the starving mother of four in Calcutta are equal and uncoerced market participants.

      The world envisioned by these people is as morally ugly as it is untenable. Just read what Engels had to say about the condition of the poor in Victorian England (or Blake a generation earlier) – or how the working classes fared across the pond in our American Gilded Age. Paul’s grotesque bastardization of the word “freedom” is a poor fig leaf for private tyranny.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @jwrappaport: Take a bow JW. A more perfect assessment of Libertarianism I have never seen.

      Their numbers are VASTLY overestimated, even the students with moderate intellect see through the lies.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      So much hate speech from this loser…..are there laws against this?..

      Apr 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sohobod
      Sohobod

      And Rand Paul’s a minger. You can’t be head of a Fascist organisation without looking good. Say what you like about Oswald Mosley, but he looked like a film star.

      Shallow… me?

      Apr 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LandStander
      LandStander

      @Sohobod: No, it is not an “Americanism”, there really should be an apostrophe there. Though I think you knew that :-)

      Apr 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erikwm
      erikwm

      Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dionte
      Dionte

      @erikwm: I concur.

      Apr 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx
      Joetx

      Great article, John. Rand Paul is an extremist. And I let out an incredulous gasp every time I hear a young person talk about how great Rand Paul is.

      Apr 19, 2013 at 12:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv
      Merv

      I would never vote for him, but Rand Paul is far less scary than Santorum or Huckabee. Not having anti-discrimination laws protecting gay people at the federal level is status quo, so also not particularly scary. I don’t see a big desire in either party to gut the FDA, so that’s not going to happen. Most importantly, I don’t think he has enough appeal to even get the nomination, with the Republican party dominated by Christian extremists.

      Apr 19, 2013 at 12:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DOFEK
      DOFEK

      The USA is not 1: Christian 2: White!. Republican white Christian can be killed to. AdamHomo

      Apr 19, 2013 at 12:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DOFEK
      DOFEK

      @erikwm: Erikwm, from your lips to God`s hears!. AdamHomo

      Apr 19, 2013 at 12:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      The whole 2party system fucking sucks.

      No matter what party is in charge we get more war, poverty, pollution, and erosion of civil liberties.

      Democrats have sold out on wars, GMOs, warrantless searches, incarcerating drug users, internet privacy and bullshit intellectual property laws, cuts to the so-called social safety nets, destructive environmental policies, Gitmo, and now insider trading. Not to mention they keep dicking around on full, definitive equality.

      Yeah, the Republicans suck. But so do Democrats. And it’s a shame the LGBT mega groups and LGBT media is so narrowly focused that they never call Democrats out for they evil they do.

      You’d think in the internet age, post-Occupy/post-Tea Party era when congress has all time low ratings and more people register as “decline to state” that the stupid voters in this country could overcome the Chris Brown/Rhianna abuser/victim mentality of voting for the same incompetent parties over and over expecting different results.

      Free & Equal is at the forefront of trying to educate voters beyond the 2party system. It’s a shame that more LGBT groups aren’t joining them.

      Apr 19, 2013 at 3:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @jwrappaport: 3

      Very interestingly said.

      @2eo: 4

      Agree heartily with your praise of No 3, jwrappaport.

      @erikwm: 8

      “Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States.”

      For God’s sake, let’s hope so.

      Apr 19, 2013 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      People like him only have as much power as we give them. Do not invest your energy in asshats like him.

      Apr 19, 2013 at 5:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zrocqs
      zrocqs

      @jeff4justice: Indeed! True, first word to last. And it’s scary how many people think that the two-party system is a Constitutional requirement.
      While I agree that Democrats suck, they suck less than the Republicans. We should support them while the GOP continues to fracture. Since Dems are becoming increasingly conservative, they might be able to become a “permanent majority” party. Then, maybe, a true liberal party can establish itself.
      Naive?

      Apr 19, 2013 at 6:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dot Beech
      Dot Beech

      Rand Paul is awful, that’s true. But “George P. Bush” is even scarier.

      The Bush Crime Family is always, and only, a bad thing for decent people.

      Apr 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      @zrocqs: Nope. It’s and endless cycle of never doing the right thing. Unprincipled voters will always get unprincipled elected officials. There’s no reason to stay stuck in fear-based voting.

      Apr 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      I’ve noticed some unusual things over the years.

      Some of the best “Gay advances” have occurred during Republican administrations.

      That seems sort of impossible, doesn’t it ?

      I think that’s cause the truth of how good we are, marches on, no matter what.

      Apr 20, 2013 at 3:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      I should have added one other sentence —

      Eventually, our friends and supporters are going to be a multitude.

      Apr 20, 2013 at 3:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jawsch
      Jawsch

      As a Kentuckian, what bothers me most about Rand Paul is that he supports and has ideas that a lot of Americans are drifting toward, that are in the center. But he’s only supporting those beliefs so that when he peddles his extremist whackjob shit, people think back to “Oh hey, maybe he’s not so bad because I agreed with him on suchandsuch” and be more likely to agree with his nonsense.

      Apr 20, 2013 at 9:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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