Thoughts on Rand Paul’s Political Comeback
by Lee Enochs
Princeton, New Jersey
As we head into the Thanksgiving break, Senator Rand Paul is trailing far back in the polls. While Rand Paul’s polls are low, his spirits are high and there is indication that he could make up ground soon.
While politics gets a bad rap in America today, the fact is, none of us can escape the reality that politics plays an essential part of each our daily lives.
From the taxes we pay to the speed limits on our city streets, essentially everything we do is interconnected to the political process and politicians at the local, state-wide and national level.
We can all acknowledge that there is something fundamentally wrong with the political system in America. Truth be told, it is broken and near irrevocable collapse.
Unwise politicians have gambled and lost with their spending frenzy. Unbridled spending on wars, entitlements and social welfare programs has brought America near economic catastrophe.
Our national debt is now close to $19 trillion dollars and accumulates each and every day. We are now spending approximately $7 million dollars per minute as a nation and this mad spending frenzy is clearly unsustainable.
Of all the current Republican candidates now vying for the GOP’s Presidential nomination, only Rand Paul has a viable plan to balance our federal budget and only spend what comes in. Only Rand Paul has the courage to work to eradicating our national debt.
Similarly, Rand Paul wants to audit the fed and repeal the entire IRS tax code-more than 70,000 pages of it, with a low, broad-based tax of 14.5% on individuals and businesses.
Furthermore, Senator Rand Paul has promised to repeal Obamacare and federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Rand Paul is also the only Republican Presidential candidate that has a comprehensive plan to guarantee the maximization of our civil liberties. Senator Paul wants to end the NSA’s bulk collection of our personal data from our cell phones and wants to guarantee our right to privacy as afforded to us by the U.S. Constitution.
Rand Paul is on a crusade to end politics as usual in Washington D.C. He also wants to balance the federal budget, eradicate our national debt and ensure our civil liberties. For these reasons and many more I have joined the Rand Paul Revolution. I would like to encourage you to do the same.
Rand Paul Can Beat the Washington Machine
Is there a conspiracy against Rand Paul, the junior senator of Kentucky and current Republican Presidential candidate? From my vantage point, the answer to this query depends entirely upon what one means by the word conspiracy.
Do I believe there is a secret plot and highly coordinated effort by the national news media and the Republican establishment to discredit Rand Paul and thwart his Presidential ambitions? While I find most “conspiracy theories” utterly preposterous and untenable, I do believe there is an interconnectivity of resistance on the part of many of members of the political establishment and news media to give Senator Paul a fair hearing.
This is not to say, that I believe there is a secret “power behind the throne” that is dictating whether or not Rand Paul can be a viable candidate for the Republican nomination. Yet, I do believe there is something akin to a coordinated effort to defame and discredit Senator Paul in the minds and hearts of the Republican faithful.
I personally believe that many establishment Republicans do not care for Rand Paul’s brand of Libertarian conservatism and will do everything in their power to malign and distort Paul’s beliefs and policies.
This distortion of Rand Paul’s ideas, policy positions and record is then picked up and repeated by conservative magazines and news outlets like National Review and Fox News. This distortion of Paul becomes reality in the minds of voters who have no time to filter such perversions of Rand Paul’s views and record.
Anyone that knows anything about the editors of National Review can readily testify that its editors loathe Rand Paul, Libertarianism and Rand’s father, Ron.
Much of the open hatred and detestation of Rand Paul comes from hawkish national security conservatives who closely identify with the military industrial complex. Besides the sheer loss of money to agencies and companies that get rich off its connection to the U.S. military, many hawks believe that Rand Paul will be soft on the war on terror and hence jeopardize America’s security and standing in the world.
While nothing in Paul’s record and policies suggest such a distortion, again, perception is reality for many national security proponents who sense, perhaps correctly, that a President Rand Paul would severely curtail the misappropriation of spending and funds on things we exactly do not need.
To answer the question if whether or not I believe there is a “conspiracy” against Rand Paul by the media and establishment Republicans, yes, in some sense I do believe there is a coordinated resistance to Paul for the reasons I have elucidated above.
For Rand Paul to win the Republican nomination, he will have to fight up hill and think and act outside the box to gain attention to his campaign. Recently a petition has been going around that encourages Rand Paul to do a town hall type debate forum with Bernie Sanders. Such an event may be of a great benefit to Paul who seeks to break out of the box the Republican establishment and news media has tried to contain him in.