Friday, May 2, 2014

Rand Paul Equals Barack Obama

By Brent Budowsky

While I hope and expect these words will infuriate the supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for president, I predict that they will ultimately be proven true: Rand Paul for president in 2016 bears an eerie resemblance to Barack Obama for president in 2008. Both share a dramatic level of inexperience compared to the historic standards of qualification for the presidency; both present themselves as "conviction politicians" who are different from other politicians. Both are, in fact, calculating politicians, which makes them very much conventional political opportunists.

Regarding Obama, remember the candidate of hope and change who promised to change the way Washington works? Candidate Obama became the president who sets the gold standard for revolving doors between his presidency and Wall Street and banks. The civil libertarian Obama of 2008 became the president that even The New York Times recently described as being identified in pop culture as the "Drone Master."

Regarding Rand Paul, the son of former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), America's leading libertarian, he has become the limousine libertarian who courts big-money insider Republican oligarchs and undermines the libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky by his stout support for the reelection of the ultimate old-line insider, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R). Meanwhile, the ultra-libertarian foreign policy of Rand Paul, who once sounded so isolationist that he would have been the preferred candidate of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin, now implies on Mondays and Wednesdays that he might support bombing Iran, implies on Tuesdays that Thursdays that it might be OK if Iran gets nuclear weapons, and tells supporters on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays that he won't tell them what he really would do about Iran, citing President Reagan as his source.

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  1. Some of the comments he has made to cater to the establishment are disgusting. However, I believe that you are wrong, Wenzel. Note, I am not "on Rand Paul's side" or anything like that. I think he knows the truth, especially from seeing how his father was treated during the latest two presidential elections. I think he is trying to cater to the establishment in order to fool them. Make them accept him as a presidential candidate. Then once in office he can replace the Fed chairman, audit the Fed, audit Fort Knox, expose countless crimes committed by the NSA and the CIA, and cause a political earthquake. This will bring millions to our side.

    I think he is going about it the wrong way, though. His comments will not fool the establishment, and they simply disgust and demoralize those who would otherwise help out in his campaign. But I believe this is his strategy, to fool the establishment, not to be a part of it. He has been raised by Ron Paul.

    Look at LRC: Lew Rockwell knows Ron Paul personally. He knows the score, he knows what is said behind the scenes. If Rand Paul had strayed from the cause Lew Rockwell would know it, and he would denounce Rand. Lew Rockwell is definitely the kind of guy who would quickly denounce someone who strayed from true libertarianism. But he hasn't done so with Rand.

    I'm not asking anyone to give his paycheck to Rand Paul's future campaign. But at least give your vote. What do you have to lose? The alternative would be a neocon candidate who would DEFINITELY be against libertarian principles. Of all presidential candidates in the GOP and the Dems, Rand Paul is the ONLY hope for change. Which is why someone like Adelsohn won't give him money, while funding the other candidates.

    1. Oh yeah, that's Rand's strategy! He pretends he is on the side of the elitists and gets into office and says to the elitists, "Ha, ha fooled you."

      Do you really think the world works that way?

    2. I had the same thought RW. It's just more sheer emotion. Wishful thinking on the part of fools.

    3. "Rand Paul is the only hope for change" id laugh if I wasn't so nauseated.

      You are a bigger hope for change than rand Paul. Yes, you. Read books about anarcho capitalism. You will have a better effect on the world than rand.

    4. Audit fort Knox? hahahahahaha

      The Fed is already audited. When Ron Paul talks about auditing the Fed, he's really talking about taking away independence and requiring the Fed to run every monetary policy decision through the House.

      The Fed is created under authority given to Congress under Art I Sec 8. The President has little to do with it. He gets to make appointments but they have to get approved by Congress. Ron Paul's "end the fed" promise was hot air.

  2. What I don't get is why people continue to place their hope is some politician. Isn't it about time we ended this several thousand year old superstition?

  3. JFK fooled the elites. How did that turn out for him?

  4. The big difference is that Rand has introduced over 100 pro-liberty bills into the senate, and Obama introduced none.