from Rand Paul for the Washington Examiner:
Sen. Rand Paul: The debt and the decline of empire
I ran into a couple of GOP senators the other day. They were talking about the fall of the Roman Empire (who knew senators might actually discuss history?). One senator made the point that Rome’s fall corresponded with a loss of values, which of course has some merit. But that’s missing the bigger picture. I responded that perhaps their decline had something to do with being overextended militarily, knowing that they would likely reject this point since it might imply that the United States, also, might be faced with the same future.
History certainly has lessons, but it’s amazing that after 2,000 years we still draw different conclusions. I couldn’t resist to jab them a little: “You know our own decline will ultimately come when we can’t manage our debt.”
by: the Common Constitutionalist
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If Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare-lite bill makes it to president Trump’s desk in any form close to what it is now and he signs, it will become Trump’s healthcare debacle. Although it should be called RyanCare or CowardCare, it will ultimately end up as what I coined on Wednesday – O-DonaldCare.
And this is the shame of it. The president can’t know everything, so he must rely on honest brokers to give him an accurate account of various bills. Rand Paul, who is steadfast against the Republican bill, thinks the Republicans, particularly Paul Ryan, are not being accurate or honest with Trump. My buddy, Onan Coca at Constitution.com quotes Paul saying: “I don’t think it makes any sense and I think he’s [Ryan] trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the president.”
Unfortunately that’s just the way it works. Presidents get congratulated on everything good that happens on their watch, but also get hung, rightly or wrongly, by any failures. Few will remember or care that this sham started with Paul Ryan, anymore than we recall that Obama didn’t draft ObamaCare. Yet no one calls that GruberCare, after its architect, Jonathan Gruber, do they. All that will matter is that Trump promoted it and ultimately signed it, so it’s his baby – Rosemary’s baby!
Now I must admit, that in my haste to rush my initial reaction out to the Republican bill, I didn’t do justice to just how bad this thing is and I also was inaccurate on a point or two. If you care to go back and read it you may do so here.
Hooray for Real Conservatives! Hopefully they will all stick to their guns and hold Leadership’s feet to the fire, so they do what they promised and successfully voted on in 2015.
Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Mark Meadows, and Rep. Jim Jordan spoke with reporters Tuesday to discuss their opposition to any legislation that does not fully repeal Obamacare.
Senator Paul (R-KY) said:
Basically, conservatives are coalescing around a complete repeal. Conservatives want no less than to vote on what they did a year ago with the 2015 repeal bill. I think that we have to votes now to tell the leadership that this is what we want to do.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Yesterday I posted an article by Conservative Review I entitled “Rand Paul Attacks Ted Cruz.”
I posted it because I think it important, as this presidential primary begins to shake out, to know who the candidates are, who will not only say they will fight for us and the Constitution, but when things heat up, actually will.
“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio. “He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem.”
The “decorum” Paul may be referring to is the Thomas Jefferson rule in his Manual of Parliamentary Practice, which states: “No one is to disturb another in his speech by hissing, coughing, spitting, speaking or whispering to another; nor to stand up or interrupt him; nor to pass between the Speaker and the speaking member; nor to go across the [Senate chamber], or to walk up and down it, or to take books or papers from the [clerk’s] table, or write there.”
I love Thomas Jefferson. He, Washington and Madison are my favorite “founders,” but I think it’s time to chuck the rules of decorum.
Voters are tired of the same old crap we get election after election. We receive nothing but hollow promises from these bums. They go to Washington, and either don’t fight, as they said they would, or worse, side with the establishment or the other party. Small wonder Trump is so popular. People like the “everyman” straight talk and verbal fisticuffs. And don’t believe his star is falling as much as pundits tell us. All things in politics, particularly polls, can be manipulated to achieve a desired outcome.
from Conservative Review:
Does Rand Paul believe the road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is paved with endless pandering?
At a time when GOP leaders, led by Mitch McConnell, are engaging in the ultimate betrayal and funding Planned Parenthood and all their butchery, Rand Paul is training his fire on….Ted Cruz! He lashed out at the senator from Texas, predicting that he’s “done for in the Senate.” He seemed particularly perturbed by Cruz calling McConnell a liar, even though the senior senator from Kentucky indeed engaged in one of the most verifiable and public acts of lying earlier this year.
Sadly, the negativity Rand is projecting on Cruz for fighting back against the political enemies of our time is precisely why Paul is “done for” in the presidential race. The voters are looking for someone who has no respect for the current system and those who broke it, not someone who is trying to pander to it. They are looking for not just a pandering vote, but a robust voice. Rand would be wise to watch Cruz’s epic speech this week, which essentially encapsulates all the frustrations all of us have had with the current political system. If Rand has a better way forward, it’s clearly lost on everyone.
Republicans can’t allow the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to open the door for the “Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over” the GOP, Rep. Peter King said.
Cantor’s defeat in Virginia’s Republican primary Tuesday to economics professor Dave Brat sent shock waves through political circles. Brat walked away with the primary win with 55.5 percent of the vote to Cantor’s 45.5 percent. Polls leading into the election showed Cantor with a healthy lead over Brat.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Ann Coulter was recently on the Sean Hannity television program.
The interview started friendly but quickly turned rather contentious. Coulter told Sean, “If we don’t elect Republicans; I don’t care which Republicans, we will not repeal Obamacare.”
So Ann, are you saying if we elect a Senate full of John McCains, Mitch McConnells and Lindsey Grahams, we will repeal Obamacare? Really?
I’ll answer that. Not a chance! That’s the answer.
She went on to say that we shouldn’t be fighting against Republicans. And then said, actually shouted, that the Republicans, if they gain a majority will balance the budget and do all these conservative things.
Last month, at the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of conservative activists from around the country, Senator Rand Paul gave a speech on what he called “a worldwide war on Christians by a fanatical element of Islam.”
Anti-Christian persecution, violence, and “religious cleansing” have become common in many Muslim-majority countries. The media, as Paul pointed out, have turned a blind eye. So, too, have President Obama and European leaders.
The senator was careful not to paint all Muslims with the brush of fanaticism. He stressed that only a minority of Muslims read Islamic scripture as mandating an armed struggle against Christians and other “unbelievers.”
by: the Common Constitutionalist
How many times have we heard this line of crap: Republicans need to broaden their base. We need to be the party of the “Big Tent”. Are you as sick of hearing that as I?
And from whom do we constantly hear it? It’s always the same crowd; the moderates, the RINOs, the aisle crossers.
Oh, and we also it hear from the Democrats. Have you ever noticed how often the dems offer Republicans advice on how to win elections? It’s mighty decent of them to wish us to be more competitive. Makes no sense, does it? It would be like Tom Brady telling the New York Jets defense: “Look, my shoulder aches a little today, so don’t worry about me throwing the football long. Just concentrate on defending the short stuff and you’ll beat us.” Yes, that will ever happen. Brady is as concerned with the Jets winning as the Democrats are about us.
Yet our wizards of smart, from politicians to “conservative” pundits to Republican consultants, all fall for it, year after year.
And why? I contend that they have no other strategy. They don’t know what else to do. And if one was to give it some thought, you’d realize the “Big Tent” goal is unattainable. There will always be some group left out of the “Big Tent”.
It’s similar to the lefties dream of a socialist utopia. They’ll say: “We just haven’t spent enough to achieve the goal”. Well, there’s not enough money on the planet to “achieve the goal”. But they’ll keep insisting that is the only problem with the idea.
No real conservative has any problem with the Big Tent theory. We welcome everyone. We’re just not willing to prostitute ourselves or water down our values just to get more voters into the tent. But some certainly are. That’s precisely why the Rubio’s and Ryan’s have spearheaded the immigration bill debacle. They don’t know what else to do. They appear to rely on the advice of our idiot consultants, who are really glorified bookies. Win or lose, they get paid. What a racket.
Just a couple of weeks ago Rand Paul said: “We need to have a bigger, broader and more appealing message.” That sounds good, but he also said: “I think things like liberty, things like your privacy, things like defending the Fourth Amendment, I think they are important things and they can help us grow the party.”
Huh? How many people even know what the Fourth Amendment says? Not many. Now watch a 1984 Reagan campaign commercial:
There you go. Big, broad ideas; dealing with emotions, with few statistics. That will fill the tent. Not some lecture on the fourth amendment, as much as most may need it.
Reagan wasn’t so universally popular because of his groundbreaking policy ideas. He had a simple vision of American greatness expressed in plain English – not political doubletalk.
He built it and they did come. Reagan’s American “Field of Dreams” can be replicated. We just need to support the right people – jettison the moderates and consultants and as in Reagan’s commercial, take our vision directly to the people.