The 2014 mid-term elections are just a couple of months away. Yet, we are seeing a whole lot more about the 2016 elections, especially the crowded Republican field, than we are about the mid-terms. Maybe that just goes to show us just how unimportant most citizens feel that Congress has become.
The biggest problem that I see so far is that the Republicans are trying to find someone they can tie their banner to and ride to victory in 2016. The field is full of right-wing nuts, so-called libertarians, and members of the Conservative Christian Cult. We continuously hear how the Republicans really care about equal pay for women, yet they keep voting down the Pay Fairness Act.
The one candidate who seems to be making more tracks than anyone else right now is the faux libertarian Rand Paul. Yes, I said faux libertarian. Rand Paul is less of a libertarian than I am. He only trots out his libertarian credentials, which aren’t really his but his father’s, when it suites him. He is more in line with the Cult than true libertarianism.
Something is coming out that to me is just as disconcerting. He is beginning to sound just as stupid as George W. Bush sounded. I am not saying Bush was stupid, but he certainly sounded stupid. Rand is following up on that theme. Maybe he thinks it will help him get elected since it didn’t hurt W.
Paul is always talking and always walking back his talking as soon as someone questions him about it. It is only Wednesday, and Paul has inserted foot twice. As W was famous for, Paul seems to be suffering from “foot in mouth disease.” Maybe he should check with his health plan since I am sure it is covered.
First, Paul said that if he was elected President, the first thing he would do is sign an executive order that would overturn every executive order issued in the history of the country. That means that every single executive order issued since George Washington would hit the waste bin. So, one reporter asked if that includes small meaningless executive orders like the Emancipation Proclamation or the desegregating of the military.
Well, I mean, I think those are good points, and it was an offhand comment, so obviously, I don’t want to repeal the Emancipation Proclamation and things like that. Technically, you’d have to look and see exactly what that would mean, but the bottom line is it’s a generalized statement that I think too much is done by executive order, particularly under this president. Too much power has gravitated to the executive.
Oops! If that sounds like double-talk to you, you are not alone. But then, Paul seems to favor double-talk. He does have one trait that seems to fit him. When called out on these stupid comments, he simply changes course and pretends the first didn’t happen.
Then, when Paul wanted to show his Libertarian side and his dislike for foreign intervention he went off about the Middle East problem and ISIS in particular. But, he wasn’t really railing against ISIS, he was using John McCain as proof that you don’t know who to trust. John McCain had gone to Syria and met with Free Syrian Army leaders whom he called moderate. McCain wants to arm the Free Syrian Army in their civil war.
During the trip a story broke that McCain was meeting instead with “anti-American” lunatics. There was even a photo to prove it. Where did this story originate? From a Hezbollah Paper. The New York Times has since debunked this story. But, that didn’t stop Paul from making his point.
Here’s the problem. He [McCain] did meet with ISIS, and had his picture taken, and didn’t know it was happening at the time. That really shows you the quandary of determining who are the moderates and who aren’t. If you don’t speak Arabic, and you don’t understand that some people will lie to you — I really think that we don’t have a good handle on who are the moderates and who aren’t, and I think the objective evidence is that the ones doing most of the fighting and most of the battles among the rebels in Syria are the radical Islamists.
In a not surprising rant, McCain went off on Paul when contacted by the Daily Beast about Paul’s comments. “I can’t believe Rand is still repeating this stuff, which came from a Hezbollah newspaper in Lebanon! He’s getting his information from Hezbollah. It’s outrageous…I don’t know if Rand is dishonest or misinformed.”
Which brings me back to my original point. Rand Paul seems to be taking the same tract as W did in his run for office. Sound as stupid as you can, then pretend you never said it. With backers like FOX News, that is an easy thing to do. FOX News never backtracks on their stupid stories. They simply double-down and pretend that they are always right.
I think the worst part of all of this is that Rand Paul seems to be the leader right now. Of course you have the Canadian Senator Cruz making sounds like he wants to run too, but Paul is getting the most ink. What does that say about the state of our politics? I know his supporters at FOX News are doing everything in their power to dumb-down the Republican base, but does Paul really think that is good way to get elected President? If so, maybe we are in worse shape than we thought.