Rand Paul - An Apple That Didn't Fall Far From The Paul Tree
THIS SAYS IT ALL!
"Voting for Rand Paul and getting to know him may be two different things. For better or for worse, he's property of the GOP." - RSN
I have long felt that the "Tea Party" (that suddenly rose up and tried to plump up its feathers to appear legitimate) was all foam and no beer. Watching them, in action is like watching a choreographed wrestling match in which you are fully aware that the slams, jabs and smashes are all fake! But for the people within this so called “Party” their actions aren’t forged or concocted, well not totally, it is their anger and bigotry that motivates them and that is very real (even though they are not fully aware of it ).
Most of these people have been indoctrinated (or raised) to believe that someone is responsible for their unhappiness and that 'someone' has to be tangible or reachable, in other words Flesh and Blood in their face.
Who better to serve as their battering ram then people who look, speak and act differently than they do.
This (Tea Bag) group is so easily persuadable and that is why the Republican Party (which includes Fox News, Right-wing Talk Radio and Sarah Palin) embraces them. Hate is a powerful tool to ‘divide and conquer’ and from the get-go the far right fringe elements, who lust for power, have been using it.
It’s a damn pity that a voice of reason, (like Rachel Maddow's) can’t get through to the Tea Baggers (wake them the hell up) by telling them, they are all just pawns for the Big Gamers whose only desire is for absolute power and all that comes with it, (wealth, wars and brutality) to become a reality. thinkingblue
Rand Paul: Ideological Purist or Just Another Right Wing Bigot?
LIBERTARIAN - RAND PAUL
As a longtime libertarian, he espouses the view that personal freedom should supersede all government intervention.
Neighborhood associations should be allowed to discriminate on the basis of race, he has written, and private businesses ought to be able to refuse service to anyone they wish. Under this philosophy, the punishment for a lunch counter that refuses to seat black customers would be public shunning, not a court order.
It is a theory of liberty with roots in Americas creation, but the succeeding centuries have shown how ineffective it was in promoting a civil society. The freedom of a few people to discriminate meant generations of less freedom for large groups of others. It was only government power that ended slavery and abolished Jim Crow, neither of which would have been eliminated by a purely free market. It was government that rescued the economy from the Depression and promoted safety and equality in the workplace.
Rand Paul: Ideological Purist or Just Another Right Wing Bigot?
"Rand Paul is promoting a narrow and rigid ideology and has repeatedly rejected a fundamental provision of the Civil Rights Act. He is focused on the Tea Party whereas I am running to be a senator for all the people of Kentucky, who are really hurting right now.
No matter how he tries to spin to the contrary, the fact is that Paul's ideology has dangerous consequences for working families, veterans, students, the disabled, and those without a voice in the halls of power. Kentucky voters have a choice between Rand Paul's ideology and our campaign to create jobs, cut the\ deficit, and bring accountability to Wall Street and Washington.
We are reaching out to Democrats, Independents and Republicans across Kentucky to ask them to join our campaign and stand up for Kentucky families." KY-SEN candidate **JACK CONWAY**
PS: Read Howard Fineman's (another voice of reason) opinion below, it truly says it all!
Posted Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:43 AM
If Americans think of Kentucky at all, they tend not to regard it as part of the Deep South on racial matters: no history of water cannons fired at civil-rights demonstrators; the kind of place that gave the world a proud and defiant Muhammad Ali, not a brutal and racist Bull Connor.
But there is another Kentucky, one I witnessed as a reporter starting out there when court-ordered busing began in the 1970s. It is a border state with a comparatively tiny black population, and which, as a result, is way behind the times in accommodating itself to the racial realities of modern America.
There was little violence when busing started, but there were Klan rallies and smoldering anger along Dixie Highway and a Republican Party ready to rise on those emotions.
Some of that old-time, race-based attitude—a Kentucky mix of romantic benevolence and cruel disdain (immortalized in D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation)—has seeped into the groundwater of the Tea Party. I attended one of its first rallies, in Louisville more than a year ago, and I saw on the ground some of the anti-busing elements of old there.
If Dr. Rand Paul doesn't immediately apologize for holding his victory rally at a private club—and doesn't abandon his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act—then he will not only pollute the Tea Party, he will severely damage the GOP's chances of winning control of either the House or Senate this fall.
Politics operates serendipitously in America, thank goodness. One little slip can open the door to a wider, even profound discussion. The Tea Party has rocketed to prominence with a seething anti-federal message: that Washington is spending too much, controlling too much, and taxing too much, and is doing it unconstitutionally.
But the other side of that age-old American argument is that our federal government is the protector of rights and freedom, including the freedom to be treated universally as a human being.
Tea Party philosophy runs smack into the wall of rights the Constitution creates, and if Paul doesn't want to recognize that, he will turn the entire election into a referendum on racial discrimination.
We fought a war 150 years ago about that. Paul wasn't born in Kentucky, but he should know the local history. Brother fought brother; both Lincoln and Davis were born in the state; Kentucky's government was Union, but many of its citizens were rebels.
That war is over. It's not in anyone's interest—especially Paul's—to revive it.
Please sign this very important petition "demand question time"
(of our political leaders) HERE...
We really need more dialog from those at the top...
The Republicans have got to be made to realize they can't hide behind "NO"
any longer! thinkingblue
Let's keep our heads, while we continue to watch THE
THEATER OF THE ABSURD!!!
"A SEARCH FOR TRUTH WILL FIND INJUSTICE."