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Rand Paul is no Ron Paul, and he'll go to Israel to prove it

Analysis of Rand Paul from across the pond:


Rand certainly isn’t Ron and he won his seat in Kentucky by presenting himself more as a Tea Party conservative than as an antiwar libertarian (although he publicly stuck to his guns on foreign policy). The only way to expand upon the Paulite electoral base in the 2016 primaries would be to make friends with other conservatives, and so it makes sense to blunt those parts of the foreign policy issue that cause the most offence. By “making the right noise” on Israel, Paul probably hopes less to reposition himself than to make the issue less definitive: he wants to be thought of as an economic and constitutional conservative (like Jim DeMint) rather than a one issue controversialist (like Ron Paul). Given that the other leading contenders for the nomination are rebranding themselves as more moderate Republicans, this gives him a great opportunity to become the spokesman for the alienated Tea Party base.

However, the strategy carries risks. The biggest is that he might alienate the very Paulite movement that made the Paul Family Brand what it is today. Despite their name, Paulites are not North Korean communists who will allow the son of their hero to inherit their support. They’re stubborn, angry individualists who are suckers for ideological purity. Ron Paul’s charisma was rooted in his lack of charisma: he appealed to those who favour ideas over personality. The cult of philosophy is so powerful within Paulism that if Rand moves too far too fast towards the centre, he could lose financial and political backing. And unless he enters the 2016 cycle with that Paulite base on his side … what has he got? Sure, he’s still got plenty of issues that appeal to the disaffected (legalized pot, military cuts etc) but he lacks the personality to pull them altogether into a compelling candidacy. Without ideological rigour, Rand Paul is no Ron Paul.


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That's Just It...

...the author of this is "across the pond" meaning that the are probably a liberal or a neo-con (which we all know to be perfectly trustworthy). THEY want articles like THESE to divide US because THEY know that RAND is one of US. They would love for nothing more then to have that "effective, establishment, pain in the back" movement (us) to not get behind Rand because they know that that would be the final support in pushing Rand over the top.

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"They’re stubborn, angry

"They’re stubborn, angry individualists who are suckers for ideological purity."

I must admit, he hit the nail on the head with that one....

Many, perhaps too many within the Liberty movement have a Puritanical approach to politics. Too many of us are unwilling to compromise, and that is driving a stake right through the heart of everything within us.

The GOP has been fractured since 2008. Republicans need a candidate who can mend fences not only within our own party, but within the two party system that will forever dominate American politics.

Ron Paul took a one prong approach, and his son, Rand Paul is taking a two pronged approach....and 2 is always better than 1.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

As I was reading

this cought my attention so I copied it: "They’re stubborn, angry individualists who are suckers for ideological purity"

As I continued to read, yours being the top post at this time, I noticed that caught your attention as well.. this is the problem within the GOP.. they want to manle us as this.. and I won't accept it.. and why I feel the Liberty Movement does not help Ron Paul Republicans who have to sign loyalty oaths and compromise.. to stay in the game.

Nothing wrong with Rand going

Nothing wrong with Rand going to Israel. Foreign policy is part of the duties of Senators.

Ventura 2012

The country's $16 trillion

in debt, we're running trillion dollar deficits, the president's wanting to do away with the debt ceiling all together...

but, did you hear?!? Rand's going to Israel!!! OMG! OMG! OMG!

More than 50% of Americans, including a fifth of Republicans openly prefer socialism to capitalism...

but, did you hear?!? Rand's going to Israel!

Good point

What does Israel have to do with trillion dollar deficits, doing away with the debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, etc.?

With so many problems at home, why should lawmakers be spending their time in Israel?

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Just as I get one phone call, I believe I get one self bump. It is a good article.

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.