Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and the Politics of Dads.
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The Senator did a great job in focusing on the Constitution and getting an answer on drone policy from the Obama administration. His simple question — can the President authorize the use of drones on U.S. soil — received a hemming and hawing in response from Attorney General Holder. A simple “no” would have sufficed, and eventually it came.
Kudos as well to Rand Paul for finally getting the GOP off the dime when it comes to opposing the Obama Administration. The welcome result was electrifying to a party base that had been wandering in the desert in the aftermath of the 2012 election. With the exception of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, even many in the GOP Establishment rallied to Senator Paul.
That said, are people taking the time to read exactly what Rand Paul said while standing there for thirteen hours on the floor of the Senate?
If one does this, through all the words necessary to sustain his filibuster, there is something familiar to be found in Rand Paul’s thoughts. Something that is familiar in the sense of reminding that Rand Paul is indeed the son of Ron Paul.
One of the criticisms of Dad raised in this space last year was Ron Paul’s stubborn attachment to leftist ideology when it came to matters of foreign policy. Saying the obvious caused an uproar from Ron Paul supporters, who hotly defended their hero by launching on “neoconservatives” and the like. Of course, Reaganites like myself are not neoconservatives. Conservatives believe, as Reagan used to say, in “peace through strength” — having a military so strong and, yes, big, it sent the unmistakable message to American enemies that it was unwise to attack us. Reagan did not send American troops everywhere around the world to make new democracies of societies unfit to maintain them in the first place.
That was a substantial difference with the world of Ron Paul, which seemed to lean on principles of what Winston Churchill once disparaged as “peace through trust.” Yet for all his hype as a new, fresh voice for the GOP one can see the distinct indications of Dad’s influence in reading Rand Paul’s filibuster.
Whether Rand Paul was speaking extemporaneously or referring to notes as he moved his filibuster along, either way he would occasionally fall into the habit of favorably citing sources that are discernibly left-wing in nature.
Among the names he cites to help make his case are Glenn Greenwald, Spencer Ackerman, Kevin Gosztola and Bruce Riedel. Who are these people?
There is an impossible amount of information out there in today’s world. So when a supposedly conservative Republican United States Senator takes to the floor of the Senate for a much-noticed filibuster, of all the sources that Senator would choose to use to back up his case it is passing strange that he selects people who are hailed by leftists as the peers of Michael Moore or Van Jones or as the author of a book lionizing Bradley Manning, among others.
Until one recalls that back in 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul praised Bradley Manning as a “patriotic hero” for leaking classified national security information. Outside of the far-left, Bradley Manning would hardly be viewed as a hero.
That understood, is it any wonder that son Rand would cite as a source for his views a left-wing author who has written a book lionizing Manning and praised by Daniel Ellsberg?
This mindset was directly related by Dad Ron to his views on foreign policy and national security.
Which is to say, they were a political loser. There is nothing conservative or Reaganesque in the views of people who are selected as one of the “top 20” progressives in America.
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