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Sen. Rand Paul Explains His Vote In Favor Of Sanctions On Iran

Today I attended a town hall in Alexandria, KY and was able to finally ask Rand Paul a question many have wondered about, namely why he voted in favor of sanctions on Iran.

As far as I know this question hadn't been posed to him yet...

http://youtu.be/3LzzBOVsIFk

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I agree

We should be fighting against the Neocons and Big Government goons running Washington, not criticizing every move by Rand Paul. He will make mistakes and people may disagree with him on some issues (as I do) but I would be honored to call Rand Paul my president and like it or not he seems to be the figurehead for the future of the movement. Rand Paul has done more for the liberty movement in the senate than anyone else I know of.

Vote this UP!!!

Don't vote it down just because you're disappointed at Rand.

Vote it up so this serious issue is not kept hidden. Rand Paul is deliberately betraying an essential part of the platform he was voted for. He needs to read these comments and understand that his supporters are no fools and they know their principles well.

That's not an explanation.

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After voting for these sanctions...

against another country he had better keep his promise on Term Limits and limit himself back to Kentucky as soon as his term is up. And to think I sent him FRN's to get him elected. Burn me once and you'll never burn me again! Ron Paul is the ONE! Unfortunately for us he is the only one.

Ron Paul supporters would be

Ron Paul supporters would be well served to not think he is anything like his dad.

I don't trust him.

While I disagree strongly

While I disagree strongly with Rand's position on this issue. I will, however, say that I respect Rand in the fact that he makes his own decisions and is not in lock step with his father. (even though I wish he would on this issue). The fundamental problem in this country, in my opinion, is individuals not thinking for themselves and following a party platform and mindlessly following those positions ie: neocons. I think we can disagree strongly with Rand's stance on this issue while still respecting his right to think for himself, however wrong we think he may be.

Sanctions are an act of war

Very disappointing from Senator Rand Paul. There is absolutely nothing to explain. This is not in line with Ron Paul's message of peace and prosperity.

(And having actually listened to his 'explanation' I am even more disappointed. Rand needs a fast reality check. This is Santorum-talk. Iran is not violating the non-proliferation treaty just by aiming for nuclear energy, which it isn't close to getting - let alone a bomb. Iran is not even a belligerent country. It hasn't attacked any nation in centuries!)

Iran's only sin...

is that it has fully rejected the imposition of despotic Western order, especially by disallowing the global banking cartel to take control over its monetary system.

actually...

millenia.

Last attack I know of was Xerxes upon Athens and Sparta, over 2000 years ago

Sanctions are premeditated slow torture to death of the innocent

He’s a pure callous criminal establishment politician. He just sidesteps the question on sanctions and goes into this long-winded babble about how bad preemptive war is because we can’t afford it. But of course we can afford sanctions which are worse than preemptive war.

Sanctions are not a “little bit.” Sanctions are a preemptive act of torture causing a slow, painful horrible death for millions. And the ones who suffer are the poor and innocent civilians not the military and leadership. In that context sanctions are not an act of war but a callous, calculated premeditated act of death by torture towards innocent and defenseless poor people This is what Rand Paul calls “murkiness”. There is no way one will be considered guiltless who participates in this kind of cruelty towards those made in the image of God.

He’s the perfect choice as VP for any establishment candidate who needs someone who they think can talk circles around Ron Paul supporters.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
Jimi Hendrix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odcGSi286a4&feature=plcp&cont...

He did not answer the question!

Maybe it could be charitably said that he did not hear the question? The fact is that he did not answer the question and I would have interrupted him after the first two sentences, pardoning myself, but bringing him back to the question: why sanctions, which are murderous, and an act of war!?

Focus on the principle! Do not allow the abstract 'games of war' mentality of those in congress who are out of touch with reality, dominate the dialogue!

If he has no sense of the reality of such death and destruction, no grasp of the violation of national sovereignty, no historical and moral understanding of the heinous and barbaric actions of preemptive and aggressive war for which the Nazis were hung, then he is a man out of place in the Senate of the United States. As such he would be woefully ignorant and needs to be replaced by a true patriot servant, who understand his oath and that blood bought contract by which he has sworn fealty to the sovereign people of this land!

The apple fell further from the tree...

The Apple fell further from the tree than I am comfortable with, especially when it comes to Rand's more mainline foreign policy stance. Rand=Politician.

Obviously Rand has a history

Obviously Rand has a history of this type of stuff. I have never trusted him and he is my senator. He may be better than most other senators, but thats not saying much.

He has a long way to go....

...I hope that he'll "get it" eventually before it is too late.

well.

I've defended Rand on his gray areas.

I can't defend this one.

Ron will be taking Rand out

Ron will be taking Rand out back to the wood shed over this vote and his explanation.

Jokes apart...

I hope Ron finds the time for a friendly chat. This is serious stuff. Rand is betraying the platform on which he was voted in.

I think Ron realizes that

I think Ron realizes that Rand is his own person who has a mind of his own. You can't expect Ron and Rand to agree on every single issue.

Well I can understand Rand and Ron not agreeing on

minor issues, but voting for sanctions IS AN ACT OF WAR! He will no longer be viewed as a principled man and a man of peace like his father. "And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness". James 3:18

For sure lame

I still want him to eventually become president someday (he's a billion times better than everyone else)...but this is strike one. This won't be forgotten and we (grass roots) will have to make sure we remind him of this mistake every opportunity we get so that he doesn't think he can get away with it like every other politician. We have to make him regret this, or else he'll just keep degenerating into a typical DC insider.

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself." - Thomas Jefferson

Shame on You

....while this is focused on Palestine, it applies to Libya, Syria and, soon, Iran. You cannot watch this without having strong feelings. These are people...like us.

http://friendsofsyria.wordpress.com/shame-on-yo/

Also, watch 'The Real Syria' video on Lew Rockwell to see the extent to which the media is lying. Sick.

fonta

Lame!

I thought his answer was totally lame. It was the typical politician double speak. I also think its a bit of wishful thinking that he's using some kind of stealth strategy to get in with the neocons. He's just playing the go along to get along game that they all play. Its better to do something than nothing? Doesn't Obama say that about the economy? He's voting like a chicken hawk. I think that most of us would agree that we like Rand except for his foreign policy. (That's ironic.)

eh...definitely not his father

Rand is plotting his course to the White House and he wants to take the easy route.

Rand

2 more strikes and you're out.

His own words, aggression can bring people around bad leaders, a unifier if you will, sanctions do that exact thing they dont have credit cards, so cash is the only way of transactions,then the sanctions cut off central banks for doing business which is deflationary pressure in a deflationary trend, and now people have access to resources less and less, bringing them together from an act of WAR. Then they have to import gasoline, and they are stopping import of crude to Europe, and the ASIA countries and Russia said they would not obey the West sanctions, hence more war via proxy.

So like the rest of the fools you broke the law of economics your Dad should have taught you, wealth is never created nor destroyed its merely transferred.

Corporatism sellout.

I have noted this for so long. Also remember him sayng "I am not a libertarian" well that's true..

Well...

he's not his father.

And I guess that's OK...individuals and all that jazz.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

My question to Rand is this

Since sanctions on Iraq in the first Gulf War were responsible for the deaths of 500,000 children. Do you have a threshold for how many have to die in order for you to do an about face and realize this is not the way to approach it and will you lead the fight to lift the sanctions if even one innocent child dies because of your support of this?

Madeleine Albright Defends Mass-Murder of Iraqi Children (500,000 Children dead)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4PgpbQfxgo

Shame on NATO and SWIFT

Q&A: Iran sanctions
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120225/OPINION/202...

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

Rand is a POS

Even if Iran wanted Nuclear weapons its their God given right as a nation to aquire them thus its not any of Rand Paul's or the US's business if they do. If they wanted Iran not to have such weapons they should have been allies with them and talked to them and worked with them over the many years instead of throwing out their democratically elected leaders, start proxy wars against them, and not surround them with over 45 bases.

Fk Rand!

I think that's a reasonable

I think that's a reasonable explanation from Rand. But it's based on two misconceptions:

-sanctions or trade embargoes only work if you can completely block off a country and that's impossible nowadays. It used to work, but that was 500 years ago.

-destabilize the middle east? That's assuming there is such a thing as stability in the middle east right now. You could easily think up scenarios where a nuclear armistice between Israel and Iran could create some much needed stability. It would be a miniature cold war and far from ideal, but still better than all out war.

I think Rand sounds like the

I think Rand sounds like the party line..."doing something is better than nothing".... "If Iran gets nuclear weapons it will destabilize the middle east" Does he not realize the destabilization is already occurring and has been since Egypt? His vote for sanctions belies his speech about pre-emptive war.