Yesterday morning, Andy Schmookler and I took to the air on WSVA, 550 AM for our 53rd monthly installment to discuss local, state, and national politics. A central focus was the U.S. Senate in Alabama which took place the day before. In addition, we also spoke about the impending retirement of 6th district House of Representatives member Bob Goodlatte and the continuing investigation of collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump.
In 2010, I can remember being exceedingly excited about the prospect of Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul (my former boss), serving as a United States Senator from Kentucky. As a result, I made a multitude of calls and emails into the bluegrass state, looking forward to the opportunity to help elect this new champion of liberty. Unfortunately, the chance to serve on this new Dr. Paul’s campaign eluded me.
Nevertheless, in the early years of Senator Paul’s term, I retained this same enthusiasm. Like his father, he railed against the abuses of the federal government through the TSA and the NDAA. As a result, many of us thought that he was and would be a fine heir to Ron Paul’s legacy. But, unfortunately, that facade is beginning to crumble.
Now, it is no great secret that Rand Paul is eying the Republican nomination for president in 2016. However, with each passing day some people are beginning to wonder if he is jettisoning the principles of his father in order to achieve this goal.
There’s the issue of Middle Eastern aid. Rand Paul attaches a number of strings to further funding the Palestinian Authority rather than simply opposing the general idea of handing out the wealth of American citizens to foreign governments.
And Senator Paul recently made a trip to Maine and declared, “I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Collins for re-election” despite the fact that she has a downright awful record when it comes to civil liberties and is not particularly grand at trying to curtail the growth of the federal government either. Yes, Republicans endorse Republicans all the time, but for Paul to endorse someone who seems so diametrically opposed to what he stands for seems particularly curious.
Today, Steve Deace declared Senator Paul to be part of “the surrender caucus” based upon Paul’s statement regarding Obamacare while speaking at Liberty University. Paul stated that, “I think it is going to be difficult to turn the clock back.” As Deace wrote, Patrick Henry didn’t say, “give me all the liberty I can pragmatically attain. It’s better than nothing.”
Yes, I have read the multitude of positive stories coming from Jack Hunter and others over at Rare. Although I’ve been one of Rand Paul’s ardent supporters these last four years, given recent events, I’m starting to grow concerned. Is Senator Paul starting to place his personal ambitions over his principles? Will his run for president scuttle or pervert what his father helped create?
Like Fox Mulder in the X Files, I want to believe. But I have to admit that my faith in the senator from Kentucky is starting to waver.