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.
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.
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.