Is Rand Paul the Ted Kennedy of the Paul Family?Submitted by LibertyChat on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 09:01
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Is Rand Paul the Ted Kennedy of the Paul Family? Or is he just being unfairly compared to a politician nobody will ever be able to duplicate?
The comparison to Ted Kennedy is used not based on Rand’s personal life, but because of his political decisions that have sparked harsh criticisms from the Liberty movement. Like Ted, Rand had to live up to a legacy that most cannot. While Rand’s career in politics is still young, he seems to have already disappointed Paul supporters as much as Ted disappointed Kennedy supporters, if not more.
You cannot deny that Rand benefited from his father’s supporters in his bid to become Senator of Kentucky. The money that poured into his campaign came from across the country, which is not common for local races. Those donors had an expectation that because Rand was Ron Paul’s son, he’d act like a Senate version of Ron Paul. His decisions from the start though suggested otherwise.
The first decision that got him in hot water with the Liberty Movement, was when he met up with Jeb Bush for a fundraiser. To the Liberty movement this was like making a deal with the devil. Jeb Bush represents what Paul supporters hate most, NeoCons. Once in the Senate, Rand made some questionable comments, and votes. One of the most hated was his vote for sanctions on Iran. Most Paul supporters and Ron Paul himself, believe a vote for sanctions is a declaration of war. Up until a few weeks ago that was the most hated decision.
The decision that really drew a line in the sand for Paul supporters, was his endorsement of Romney. Even those who have defended some of Rand’s most questionable decisions, threw in the towel after the endorsement. When the endorsement was announced on DailyPaul.com, it became one of the most voted down articles of all time on Daily Paul. It drove some Paul supporters to tears. Rand even admitted that he has been receiving death threats since the endorsement.
Is the Liberty movement quick to judge, or right to give up on Rand? Well first lets look at another example of a Liberty darling “gone bad” (cont.)