Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:33 PM
Rand Paul is the existential ("fundamentalist" if you like) libertarian. These people believe that "if it doesn't affect life, liberty or property, it's all good" so to speak. So, easy to see why he feels the way he does about people incarcerated for non-violent drug crimes. I stand with him on that one for sure. Of course, for me it's more about the cost of incarceration more than the violations. Truth be known, that's Paul's belief also. And with regard to having the right to vote, these people should be treated just like someone having a misdemeanor in my considered opinion.
I got a kick out of you questioning Paul calling Obama a "sexual predator" (of course you didn't reveal the context or meaning in him saying that) while you, yourself, are calling Republicans "weasel livered". Guess it's okay to do some name calling if you're not a president or a senator. Yeah, sure it is.
Also, you're right...Paul is breaking ranks with "the party". Now, I remind you that "the party" (Republican) is pretty much fractured right now. A growing number of people are gravitating libertarian. That's kind of what the Tea Party is all about if you check it. I'm a Tea Party type and I think by now you know that. We're about adhering to the Constitution in a very strict way. We're not interested in all the nuances involved in so many of the social issues that the left continues to use as a wedge in our society and in their "us vs. them" efforts so as to gain voters. We don't care if you smoke marijuana. We don't care if you have gay sex or whether or not two people of the same gender get married. Many of us see abortion as a choice we'd never, ever take ourselves but if it's law and considered constitutional, go for it and you can sort that out with your "maker" when the time comes.
We are all about fiscal responsibility. We're all about maintaining every single right included in the Constitution. We're about good vs. evil. We're about liberty. And, most of all, we're about country.
If put that way to the masses in our wonderful country, trust me, the "progressives" (whatever that term really means escapes me) will lose.
So, yep, Rand Paul is a very good man and like you put it, he's very "refreshing".