Without that Tea Party enthusiasm (whose top three issues, he [Rand Paul] explained, are “the debt, the debt, and the debt”), it would be impossible to imagine his victory Tuesday. His vision of a smaller, constitutionally limited government that is less adventurous on the world stage is much easier to sell now that people are holding regular rallies against big government.
Paul has established that the Tea Party can be a disruptive force. In Kentucky, as elsewhere, the Republican establishment is having fits.
“We need to be proud of capitalism,” Dr. Paul noted in an acceptance speech that hit on the fundamental cause of our current economic woes. The failure of arrogant congressional leaders to restrain themselves from spending other people’s money, not capitalism, created our $13 trillion debt.
Paul, who won his primary election Tuesday, launched into what has become a national political storm by arguing the merits of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which legally barred racial discrimination in public and most private places, with liberal talk show host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night.
On the show, he argued that the government should not have interfered with the operations of private business — even to enforce civil rights — while emphasizing that he does not support discrimination. He has made similar statements to his hometown paper and to NPR but the lengthy Maddow interview took off online.
Barry Goldwater, who had no racially discriminatory cell in his body, argued against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill on the floor of the Senate. He did so on Constitutional grounds. He did so in the midst of his campaign to be President: Which campaign he lost handily. He was right, and he was honorable. He did not abandon principle to expedience.
Credit Rand Paul for the same clear thinking and similar honesty. This single interview may cost him dearly; but he knows the Constitution, he understands the meaning of the word “principle,” and he is an honest, open man. There are pathetically few who are either, much less both.
The fact that he could have let this sleeping dog lie makes him a more attractive candidate to me. Barack Obama dosed the dogs with phenobarbital while he was tiptoeing past them. Look where electing this dishonest, secretive man got us.
Rand Paul’s Victory, Arlen Specter’s Defeat, and the Quest for Authenticity
Rand Paul is trying to peddle authenticity along with his dire warnings about federal spending and the national debt. “The one thing about my campaign is that I am not afraid to be not elected,” Paul declared as he brandished double negatives at his final pre-primary rally in Bowling Green. “That’s what it’s going to take: Someone who will tell the truth.”