Rand Paul: The Liberty Movement's Gateway Drug?Submitted by Sethster82 on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:31
So I know that not all of us are as happy with Rand as we are with Ron. At least I'm not. I'm still licking my wounds from his Romney endorsement. But I had a conversation yesterday that gave me a larger perspective on Rand.
For the last 6 months I've been talking off and on with this older gentleman who was a Neocon through and through. He's one of those Glen Beck people. You know the type. Well anyway, I ran into this guy yesterday after having not seen him for over a month. He starts off the conversation excitedly with the statement, "I'm becoming a Libertarian more and more every day!" He then said that he's starting to believe that neither party care's about him or anyone else in the country for that matter. I was surprised to hear this and naturally asked him why the change in philosophy. He then went on to speak glowingly about how much he loves Rand Paul. He kept on saying over and over again how Rand Paul just really "gets it" and is fighting for the people and not the heavily funded special interest groups.
As you may expect, I was very happy to hear this. I started to tell him that I had just watched Ron Paul speak in person at Oberlin College and he immediately said something to the effect of "I like Ron on most things but I still don't like his foreign policy." I then asked him what it was that he disagreed with and he basically stated that "yes, we need to cut back on our military presence around the world but that we can't become total isolationists and leave a number all of these countries to their own devices as they may try to attack us some day." I didn't have time to start that whole debate up at the time so I didn't try.
Needless to say, I am still surprised at how much this guy has learned from Rand Paul and how open he has become to the Liberty movement. Who know's, with a little more time and healthy discussion, he may even start to change his foreign policy tune and become a 100% Liberty minded individual.
That all being said, I am beginning to believe that Rand's strategy, although different from Ron's and not what I want, is having some very positive influence in the Republican base. The dismal failure of the Republicans in this last election has forced a lot of Neocon's to do some serious soul searching. That's a great opportunity for us and Rand's softer serve may be able to infiltrate and educate better than us hard liners. =)