I was doing a radio interview recently regarding SWINDLED, and the host asked me what my impression was of Rand Paul, the junior Senator from Kentucky and heir-apparent to his father's philosophical empire. My response was simple , "I have Rand issues."
Trust me, I've heard all the arguments in favor of the Rand Paul "libertarian when I need to be" philosophy. I've heard how he needs to "play the game" in order to "get anything done". Well that certainly implies that we need government to get anything done, doesn't it? I thought we held that liberty and freedom and individuals were the solutions, not partisan politics. I don't 'need ' Washington. All I 'need' them to do is leave me alone, a simple task they seem incapable of doing. Compromise is what got us where we are now, isn't it?
I've been pointed towards some of the brave stands he has taken, such as his drone filibuster. That's all fine and good, but I would like to see a little more consistency in the man. He has supported sanctions against Iran, which his father claimed was an act of war. Since Iran seems to be the new neocon litmus test, Rand's willingness to play political games with the lives of other people's children seems to me to be at odds with his libertarian soundness in other areas. His last name isn't enough for me to give him carte blanche enough to hide in his father's shadow.
A perfect example of my Rand issues came to light in the Senates recent unanaimous vote to push us one step closer to war with Iran. The media has already started to portray the regime as Enemy of the Month, and already the average amn on the street is being programmed to think "We gotta do soemthign about those guys". Trust me, unless something drastically changes, I completely see us parking ourselves in yet another country, toppling the regime, and spilling precious blood and squandering precious treasure in an attempt to control what happens afterwards. This apparently is what we do now.
I assume Mr. Paul ( the younger) has presidential aspirations, and maybe he saw how his father was shut out by the establishment and he seeks to endear himself to the establishment while keeping his liberty street cred. But I submit to you that such a tightrope act is not only impossible, but unwise, and won't win him any points with me.
Rand, its not too late to change course. Some of us are still watching to see how you turn out.