I know it seems like we’ve been making a point of going after Rand Paul on this site as of late, but I assure everyone out there that it’s not a vendetta for no good reason..the man just keeps going deeper down the GOP hole, and undoing all of the good will his father built up with libertarians for his son.
The National Review has an article up today quoting Rand and his shocking comments after he returned from a trip to Israel earlier in the year. It’s like he skipped the actual trip to the Middle East, and instead was hijacked away to a Neocon brainwashing fortress, where he was indoctrinated in all of their beliefs about our ally in the region. Senator Paul’s remark:
Absolutely we stand with Israel. What I think we should do is announce to the world — and I think it is pretty well known — that any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States.
This is Neoconservative to the very core, and a position that brings bile to the throats of libertarians, especially since Rand has flip flopped on the issue since his early days. I have already written about Israel previously, and about the nefarious AIPAC, during our answering of Ron Paul’s 32 Questions. My stance on Israel is clear in that I don’t support the U.S. funding Israel, nor backing their aggression in the Gaza Strip. In no way should there be a standing agreement that Israel will always have the military support of the United States, especially when Israel is far richer, far more weaponized and far more aggressive than its neighbors. It’s fine having an ally – everyone needs friends after all…but to claim, as Rand has here, that an attack on Israel is an attack on the U.S. (and thus will be an act of war upon us, essentially) is ridiculous.
The Review writer goes on to connect the dots concerning Rand’s ambitions, citing that he took this trip with a man that she refers to as an “Evangelical Kingmaker” by the name of David Lane, who could be a key to raising support for GOP primaries. Marc Clair recently wrote an article on whether or not we should give Rand the benefit of the doubt…it seems that the more time Rand spends in DC, the more like an everyday Republican politician he becomes. He is playing into the game and playing to the audiences with power to give him the presidency. Unlike his father, who was principled about his beliefs above all else and believed that his message was more important than his own personal gain, Rand seems to have his eyes set on giving away whatever principles are necessary to further his own career. His association with Lane paints a very clear picture.
I’ll still root for Rand to do the right thing, and I’ll applaud any of his actions that fall on the right side of liberty…but I can officially say that he is not the man I thought he was. That is clearer every day.
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