Rand Paul Sees The Light, But It Still Looks Bleak
I want a big funeral where people come and celebrate my life and talk about all the great things that I've done. Man, I gotta start doing some great things.
(From Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry")
Rand Paul wants in. The problem is only a small segment of America is interested in his Libertarian-based leanings. Some of his ideas like "...if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that’s really an offense that we should be going after — they should be deported or put in prison.” These ideas are very hard to swallow, based on the fact that the GOP NEEDS these to people to elect them.
Here is another Rand Paul gem: “I say not one penny more to countries that are burning our flag.”
There are lots of future-voting immigrants AND American citizens who come from these countries. They will not be inclined to vote for men and women who say stuff like this.
If you spend ALL your time offending voters, it is very difficult to get them to back you in NATIONAL elections.
Paul's foreign policies need some tweaking also. Paul: “Foreign terrorists do not deserve the protections of our Constitution ... These thugs should stand before military tribunals and be kept off American soil.” If you are Archie Bunker or Al Bundy, you will get a response. If you are a law-abiding NON-Tea Party voter, you will have a hard time swallowing this line of thought.
Paul was a leading opponent of Obama's "American Jobs Act." The GOP has done little or nothing about jobs except yell and scream, BUT Paul will say things like: “We need a Republican Party that shows up on the South side of Chicago and shouts at the top of our lungs, ‘We are the party of jobs and opportunity! The GOP is the ticket to the middle class." Very far from reality. The only thing Rand Paul has really done is tell us what we need. He has not really offered viable solutions.
We live in a country that is slowly changing. The rest of the world is embracing the VERY things President Obama has been slowly moving us towards, things like clean energy. There has been no friendlier president to Wall Street in hopes of reviving an economy that is NOW finally starting to show signs of life. Paul: “There is nothing conservative about bailing out Wall Street. Likewise, there is nothing progressive about billion dollar loans to millionaires to build solar panels.”
Mr. Paul is excellent at throwing the RED MEAT to his believers. Now it is time for him to show he can compromise with Democrats and do some things that Americans can actually take notice of. Maybe some things that would actually allow people in Blue States like California and Vermont to take a serious look at a 2013-ish Republican. So far, no one has done anything at their job on the right side of the aisle to make Democrats want to vote for them.
Just a thought for Republicans who SERIOUSLY want a shot at the White House.