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ReasonTV: What Rand Paul is up against; Howard University Audience's Reaction


ReasonTV | Apr 11, 2013

"I come to Howard today, not to preach, or prescribe some special formula for you but to say I want a government that leaves you alone, that encourages you to write the book that becomes your unique future."

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke to an audience at the historically black college Howard University yesterday. The junior senator from the Bluegrass State said he wanted to start a conversation between African-American voters and Republicans, who pulled just 7 percent of the black vote in the 2012 presidential race.

Reason TV's Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg talked with students and attendees to see what they thought of Paul's talk and his libertarian positions on military intervention, the drug war, sentencing reform, government regulation, and school choice.

More at: http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/04/11/sen-rand-paul-at-howar...

See the full speech at: Rand Paul Howard University Speech

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It was positive in all respects for Rand

Rand was smart not to preach Austrian economics. Those blacks who still retained cognitive faculty after years in progressive schools were expressing positive reactions. Those who use feelings rather than reason felt embarrassed that Rand was invited. Those who want to keep their free government cellphone wont give it up unless pried from their cold fingers.

This cannot and should not be

This cannot and should not be a "one off" event. Rand should continue to engage in discussion with anyone traditionally hostile to Republicans so he has an opportunity to disavow the Republicans in favor of a more Libertarian perspective. You don't make progress unless you put yourself out there

He Should Continue

I agree that he should continue to make inroads. I also think he should promote the libertarian perspective of the Republican party. He will have to be careful not to bash the party too much though. His father bashed the party and then the party bashed him back every time he ran for an office.

It's not surprising. I wished

It's not surprising. I wished they could have pressed the lady that said she would "never vote for him" as to why.

Honestly, I wish Rand would have said something crazy like this:

"You know, instead of bailing out the banks and military contractors, what if we had given that money back to everyday people through tax relief, small business, and college loans / grants? Could you imagine the impact that would have had? Not just on America, but on the African American community. Could you imagine if the interest rates were higher so you could actually save money? Instead, all the Democrats and the Republicans did was squander it on the rich and make it easier for you to go into more debt.

Now, you probably know I'm not a fan of bailouts or debt. But that said, if we're going to blow a bunch of money and go into debt, why the hell didn't we help the African American community still so disproportionately affected by the sins of our ancestors not that long ago. Why did we let corporations, who failed, get bailed out while people didn't? I'm not a socialist, but that doesn't even sound like good socialism to me? And that was the Democrats who've pushed that for the past five years.

I'm not trying to get your vote today. I certainly don't expect it nor do I think that our talk today warrants you changing your vote. You have every right to be skeptical towards me and the Republican party. We've done a terrible job when it comes to African Americans, not just in the most recent election, but since the 1960s. We used to be the party of civil rights and abolition. I do hope we can rebuild that. Those of us who believe in free markets understand what competition can do. It makes once-monopolies, work harder and remember who they serve. Now, it's time for the Republican party to give the Democrats some competition. If you can find reason in your heart to root for me at all, maybe that's where you can start. Thank you."


deleted, I think you're being facetious, I didn't catch it at first.

With no disrespect to the black community...

...I think this speech was more about Rand showing the Republican party that he is the only guy even capable of making this sort of speech. Rand can bridge gaps, sound intelligent, and not stick his foot in his mouth even when speaking to a crowd who obviously disagrees with most everything he stands for. Rand showed the GOP that he is the guy, not Rubio, who can win the presidency. If Rubio had attempted this speech, he'd have flopped big time. This wasn't about convincing the audience, but about convincing the GOP delegates.

Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

That is right

Those are the same thoughts I had while watching Rand. The Republicans so badly want someone who can bring in the minority vote and Rand addressing the kids at Howard showed the Republicans he is comfortably able to address both the younger group and the minorities.

I don't remember who, but

I don't remember who, but there's a rapper with the line "you said you went to Yale, but you probably went to Howard". That's all I thought when I saw this.

"I will not submit to authority of man. I'm alive, I'm awake, this is more than I can take." -Jordan Page

Drake- Make Me Proud

Drake- Make Me Proud

And where did Drake go?

Let me guess: UCC.


Can I go to Howard and give a speech on why it's best to not use government to steal?

Apparently only if

...you're already using government to steal.