The Rand Paul EffectSubmitted by LibertyHill945 on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 03:03
Like many here, I've questioned Rand Paul and his...shall we say "strategies," and for the most part I've leaned on giving him the benefit of doubt but always holding just a tad bit of skepticism.
However, the reason I've usually sided with him is because it is true that Ron Paul lost a lot of people from his bluntness, people just couldn't swallow that pill or were simply too stupid to understand him.
Rand has done an interesting job on re-packaging the liberty message, and I can't say I agree with everything he's done, but I got to admit today really changed my mind.
I have a friend who is as right-wing of a neocon as you can imagine. I've known him for a good 10+ years back when I was a hardcore Democrat and we would simply disagree on every single thing. After waking up, I lost touch with him but still noticed his rants online. I always thought that if he could jump on Ron Paul's ship we would really be turning a tide in the movement; unfortunately he went for Romney (of course after he was for every other candidate except Ron Paul first until they all dropped out). Anyways, today I noticed he posted about Rand Paul and even admitted about being a big fan of his while still claiming that Ron was crazy.
Wow. I was shocked and surprised. Of course, this means nothing if Rand indeed bows down to the establishment. But so far, for me, he's been a positive impact for us and if he can help change the conversation, especially amongst those who weren't willing to listen to his dad's message, than that's a pretty important win in and of itself.