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HuffPo: Rand faces skeptical audience at Howard University

Interesting story from the Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Maya Cade, a Howard University freshman with a sunny disposition, was walking down 4th Street on the eastern side of campus Tuesday afternoon, texting with a friend about an unusual speech scheduled for the next day.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will on Wednesday become the first elected Republican office holder to speak on Howard's campus in years. Cade, a political science major, ran into a friend on the sidewalk while talking to a Huffington Post reporter about Paul, a Tea Party-affiliated conservative.

"He's coming today isn't he?" asked her friend, who gave her name as Brittany.

"No, tomorrow," Cade said.

"Oh," Brittany said. "That's awkward."

Indeed, it could be when Paul arrives. Paul asked the university for the opportunity to speak, leading some to conclude he is using the traditionally black college to make himself, and the GOP, look more friendly to minorities without putting in any real effort.

"I'm trying to read into Rand Paul's thinking here and all I can see is Howard being a prop," said professor Daryl Harris, chair of the political science department, during an interview in his office. "I can't see it any other way."


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I hate to say this...

...but to be honest, I think it's a lost cause. The left has the black community wrapped too tight around its finger. Look at the voting trends, it's ridiculous.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."



If Rand Paul does

like his dad at the PBS All-American Republican Debate (with Tavis Smiley) in 2007 he'll do fine.

"Front runners Rudi Guilani, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney and John McCain refused to attend. ... The most applause was for Ron Paul decrying the War and Alan Keyes for his over the top religious sermons."


HuffPost is one sided throwing stones at liberty

what fools

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Dr. Paul, the reason I liked

Dr. Paul, the reason I liked your dad so much was because he never shied away from any question; no matter how difficult. I watched many questions that were posed to him (not just after speeches; even in more private settings on home videos) and he spoke truth. Sometimes the truth is uncomfortable but that's what I needed to hear. People who believe in socialism don't understand that the economic crisis is going to affect them too. Many still don't understand that a dollar collapse knows no colors. Once I realized how little my public education taught me when it came to our history and Constitution, that's when I changed completely. Understanding that the smallest minority is the "individual" and that the Bill of Rights was written to protect the smallest minority, that changed any group-mentality I might've had (which was very small). Have been reading and commenting on the "skeptical" story posted on Huff Post. They are going to grill you on civil rights and the Civil Rights Act. They don't understand why the Pauls believe in property rights. They think you want to segregate people again and don't understand the Constitution. They probably don't know that many of the founders were also abolitionists. Sometimes, they want to group all founders into one pile; a pile of slave owners without really understanding what they were trying to accomplish by writing "all men are created equal". I know now they were hoping future generations would do the right thing because they were not able to get it accomplished. Hope all goes well at Howard.

Rand just tweeted this

We must always embrace individual liberty & enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich, poor, immigrant, native, black, white.

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Morris said Republicans could

Morris said Republicans could improve their standing with African Americans by focusing on reforming prisons and sentencing guidelines for drug crimes that often unfairly penalize minorities, as well as on housing policy. She said she wasn't pacified by Paul's visit.

Jeez I'm trying to think... there was this Republican who really believed this... what was his name??? You know, the one who said the War on Drugs unfairly and disproportionately penalizes minorities... and who warned that housing policy would wind up hurting those it was supposed to be helping...

What was that guys name? I think I saw him speak for 53 seconds on a debate one time...

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You mean that guy that drew a crowd of up to 10,000

during the presidential campaign?

Jeez, I can't think of his name now but I'm sure it will come to someone here sooner or later.

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Traditionally a black university?

Are there whites going there? How many? Where are the "white universities"? Does the staff "jack" the grades at Howard? You know to keep up with affirmative action and all that. Just askin'.

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This can be good. If he

This can be good. If he speaks truth, those that seek truth will become fans. I just hope he avoids the lincoln worship and "republicans freed the slaves!" spill that he's used before...

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Please use this as an opportunity to clarify your view of the CRA.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I'm just well-informed

This is awesome!

The worse Rand could face at Howard are fans and members of the NOI.. I think this is going to be very interesting because Rand is going to prove to the community at Howard that he gets it.. and I think, hope, they too will get it.

We've had several discussions about LF on DP.. so this will be something to see.

Howard Univ on CSPAN according to twitter

"Due to overwhelming interest" Rand Paul speech at Howard U will be on CSPAN, his press office says

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix


Notice they interviewed a few students BEFORE they heard Rand speak. I'll guarantee you after he speaks he will have changed hearts and minds. That's why they wouldn't dare interview these students afterward--because a white Republican Senator from Kentucky reaching out to students at an HBC and winning them over wouldn't further their statist/Democrat agenda.

reading thru twitter comments - my impression is there

will be a big crowd - some a little skeptical, others honestly interested and of course some Obama die hards.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

funny how none of the students interviewed in the HuffPost blurb

could see what they do for Democrats is how they're being USED as a token minority.

Not to mention, props?

Oh, you wanna talk props?

How about oBUSHma using doctors and nurses, as PROPS, to push his corporatist oBUSHmaScare agenda?

How about flying allegedly victimized families of Sandy Hook on Air Force One, to actively violate your Constitutional Oath, for the Ruling Class' gun confiscation agenda?

How about oBUSHma using children as a backdrop PROP on every single one of his gun control townhalls?

How about oBUSHma using cops and servicemen/women as bakcground set PROPS, as if to suggest they literally 'stand behind him' on his agenda?

Um, it's like, got cognitive dissonance much?

Like, got 'She doth protests too much," much??

It's like do the rest of the population characterize oBUSHma visiting majority white community towns in Middle America, and go "look! look! look! he's pandering to the white majority! He's using them as token majorities!" Or insert any other hyphenated American, for that matter??

Cognitive dissonance is most definitely a social pandemic.


Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

So Let Me Get This Straight

If he reaches out to the black community to start a dialgue he is just pandering and using them as a prop.

If he doesn't reach out to the black community he doesn't care about them and only cares about "rich white folk".

I think he'll wake a few people up in the audience, those that truly embrace the message of social and economic feedom.

You just can't win...the libs are so full of it, it makes me sick. The libs are the ones that love to put people into these groups, it's the only way they can get people to sign on to their socialist ideas and agenda.

Sheesh, keep up the good fight Rand!


for the edits mods.. im on my phone. :)

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This is pretty smart in my

This is pretty smart in my opinion by Rand. Hopefully he talks about ending the minimum sentencing stuff....P.S. If you read the HuffPost article, which is actually not that bad, DON'T read the comments following. Yuck. Statist, judgemental progressive pukes...No friends of Liberty for sure....

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The Comments

The comments are just the same standard criticisms of the GOP that any article on HuffPo about a Republican receives. Most of them don't even apply to Rand b/c he frequently opposes the establishment GOP positions.