In an interview on ABC News’ Good Morning America today, Rand Paul is calling the white house pressure on BP ‘Un-American,’ and he says, "Sometimes Accidents Happen."
He added, "What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, 'I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.' I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business."
When he was asked whether “the EPA should be allowed to tell oil companies they can’t use certain chemicals and that they must enforce safety regulations on oil drilling rigs?” his answer was no.
I've often said that Libertarians are Republicans who want to smoke dope and get laid (they're in favor of decriminalizing pot and prostitution), but what Rand Paul is showing us that their worldview goes much farther than even a Republican like Richard Nixon - who brought us the EPA - would.
Libertarians believe we the people have no right to collectively get together and create an institution called government to protect ourselves from predators. Instead, Libertarians believe in kingdom rather than democracy - they want the kingdoms of rich people and their corporations to have final say in all things both public and private, and thus total control over our lives. And, amazingly enough, they call this "freedom."
In a way it is freedom - if you're a billionaire. But as FDR famously said in 1936, a necessitous man - a hungry man with no home or job - is not a free man. Government does have a role to play in protecting our commons and us, and the bizarre political theology of Rand Paul would totally undo the great work the Founders of our nation and Framers of our Constitution created.