Rand Paul seems to have a penchant for getting in the news, just like his dad, former Libertarian and Republican nominee for President Ron Paul. Whether it was piling on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, saying he often wonders, “who did this to me” when he’s stuck in traffic, and now he might know, to his filibuster against the Obama administration’s NSA policies gaining national attention, Rand Paul knows how to make headlines.
It’s no different today, with Paul telling “The Blaze” that, unless the party undergoes some serious changes, it won’t win the White House in the rest of his lifetime. Paul told the Blaze, “I tell people it’s not new, and I’m not ashamed of it,” Paul said. “I’m proud of the fact that there is a struggle. And I will struggle to make the Republican Party a different party, a bigger party, a more diverse party, and a party that can win national elections again.”
This is certainly not a new sentiment, many establishment Republicans have been saying it for the last several years, and the Bush people, from George Sr. right on through Jeb Bush today, have never stopped pushing this Republican brand of “compassionate conservativism”. The real question, though, is why the hell is RAND PAUL acting like he wants to be a member of a more inclusive party?
Lets just go through some highlights of insensitive or ridiculous things Paul has said throughout his career that would make it harder, not easier, for the Republicans to become a more inclusive party:
“Some Republicans are not going to want to hear this,” Paul told the crowd at the rally, according to the Courier-Journal. “But I live near Fort Campbell, and there are 50,000 soldiers there. I tell people you have to truly imagine what your feelings would be if those soldiers were Chinese soldiers and they were occupying the United States. We wouldn’t have it. Republican and Democrat, we’d be blowing up the Chinese with roadside bombs as they were coming off the base. No country wants foreign soldiers on their land.”
Paul, an ophthalmologist, said in a 2009 Kentucky town hall meeting. “[I]f you think you have the right to health care, you are saying basically that I am your slave. I provide health care. … My staff and technicians provide it. … If you have a right to health care, then you have a right to their labor.”
“The fundamental reason why Medicare is failing is why the Soviet Union failed — socialism doesn’t work,” Paul said on Kentucky public TV on June 16, 1998. “You have … no price fluctuation.”
“We have very little vestige left of laissez-faire capitalism,” Paul said in a speech at a Boston tea party rally in 2009. “We have a largely regulated economy, and we cannot let capitalism take the blame for this, or we will have less capitalism.”
On privatizing Social Security:
“I think the average American is smart enough to make their own investments,” he told Kentucky public TV in October 1998. “The more freedom the better … Reform is going to happen, and I hope it’s privatization.”
And then there’s this whopper of all whoppers, where Paul hinted that he does not support the Civil Rights Act:
“Should it be prohibited for private entities such as a church, bed-and-breakfast or retirement neighborhood that doesn’t want noisy children? Absolutely not. Decisions concerning private property and associations should in a free society be unhindered.”