The Paul Factor…Rocking The RNC

I’ve been cutting back on the political posts, partly because of some negative feedback, and partly because the farm is just so much more pure and interesting.

But a couple of events at the RNC demand my response.

Both of them have to do with men whose last name is Paul.

First.

Ron Paul is ending his Congressional career at the year’s end, and the Republican party played a video honoring his mighty legacy and influence. It’s about four minutes long, and very much worth watching.

Despite the things it leaves out, I think the video is an honorable tribute to his life and work and character. Very moving.

Then.

Rand Paul, who currently receives a mixed reception from his father’s supporters, gave a speech.

Now, Rand has caught some flak from the Ron Paul crowd for having endorsed Mitt Romney for president while his father was still in the race. I, honestly, wasn’t thrilled about it, though I understand why he did it. While Ron thrived on the fringes, standing by his principles outside the sway of either party, disregarding political pandering and compromise, Rand’s way looks to be a little different. Rand seems to be more interested in bringing the principles of economic prudence and liberty to the party by working within the party. So his rhetoric is not typically as inflammatory as Ron’s, and he does things like endorse Mitt Romney, something Ron will probably not do, as he does not agree with Romney’s stances on many issues.

So Rand’s future is yet to be determined (as are all of our futures). But he may have won more of his father’s supporters with his RNC speech. In fact, I can’t see how he would not garner the respect and support of citizens from across the political spectrum, as he chided both parties and appealed to the founding fathers and the Constitution.

His full speech can be found here, but I’ll just quote my favorite part.

Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.

Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents.

We have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is naturally ours, our God-given rights. We have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women.

To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never–never–trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security.

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4 Responses to The Paul Factor…Rocking The RNC

  1. Lee Weishar says:

    I think did Rand did a good job, and will win over his fathers supporters.. but hopefully he won’t get them to vote republican this time round.

    hopefully the Ron Paul supporters will vote for what they believe in and not for the republicans just to beat Obama. If they continue to vote republican when they don’t agree with them, they have no hope of getting the party to change.

    in the end, over the past 20 years (and maybe even further back) has there been any real difference between the two parties when in office? both like big government, both like government spending, both like debt and both like war.

    They should vote republican only when the party actually starts listening to Rand, and/or if Rand wins the nomination in 2016

    • I pretty much agree with you.
      The whole false dichotomy presented by the pseudo-two-party system is a way for those to stay in power who don’t represent the will of the majority.
      The thing is, if Romney wins in November, I have a hard time imagining Rand will be the nominee in 2016, ya know? Unless Romney just completely implodes. So I think the only hope for Rand in 2016 is to get Obama re-elected this year, and I certainly do not want that.
      The solution: just dissolve the federal government for four years. We’ll continue to collect taxes at the current rate, but not spend anything. The debt will be significantly lessened, and then in 2016, we can vote for Rand.
      Probably not going to happen…

      • Lee Weishar says:

        probably not 🙂

        the reason why I say I hope he gets the nomination on 2016 is because I believe Obama will win. as bad as he is, Romney is not much better. Since Obama winning is the only hope Rand has of 2016, it might be best if he won… other we will have to wait even longer before anything changes (Romney will not be much different than Obama, even if campaigns on different ideas. Its kind of like how Obama campaigned on change, but kept doing the same stuff as Bush.. in many cases making certain problems even worse.

        I think sacrificing 4 years of really bad for 4 years of terrible could be a good thing if in 4 years things got good in stead of staying really bad 🙂

  2. friendmouse says:

    And you know what the rubber-stamp republicans will spout when (not “if”) Obama does get re-elected…”Yeah, well if all you “idealists” would have not wasted you vote by writing in “Ron Paul” of voting for the Libertarian, who didn’t have a prayer of winning, then Romney would have won!” You know some will say, and believe, that.

    The response from me shall be “Yeah, well if all you “pragmatists” would not have bowed to the power of politics and instead had nominated Ron Paul for President, then Paul would have won!” And I’ll say it with conviction and sincerity. Fact is, I said that exact thing back in January when the campaigns were just getting going…I said “One year from now, the President of the United States will be either Ron Paul or Barack Obama.” Well, we know that it is not going to be Ron Paul. Too bad. Enough said.

    It is our fault. Somehow.

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