Rand Paul Did Not Say That! UPDATE: Jones Speaks OutSubmitted by The Rebel Poet on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 03:07
"Rand Paul: Libertarians Advocate 'Everyone Go Out… Run Around with No Clothes On and Smoke Pot'" is the headline floating around the internet lately. Only problem is, like Rand's drone "flip flop" - debunked by Judge Nap here - it is totally made up. The misquote seems to have originated from the title to an Info Wars article, but the actual quote, as quoted even in that article, is "I’m not advocating everyone go out and run around with no clothes on and smoke pot." That's plainly not the same thing, and the only reason one could even try to interpret it that way is because the following quote (apparently not all one quote) is "I'm not a libertarian" (by the by, how do we know whether he spoke it with a small "l"?). Fair enough; let's try to track down the full quote unabridged. I googled the actual quote, and the only hits were to the IW article a WaPo article (source of the IW article) and others quoting them - most quoting the Info Wars article. That's no help; when and where did he say it? The IW article says "Rand Paul made the comment at a sold-out Republican dinner in Iowa." Which appears to be a misunderstanding of the WaPo article's "The rollout of the new Paul brand continued Friday night in Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, where he headlined a sold-out Republican Party dinner and drew repeated applause from GOP activists." That Friday (5/10/13) Iowa dinner can be found on C-SPAN where Rand speaks from about the 40 minute to 1 hour marks. I watched it through twice and didn't hear the quote at all. If anyone can find the full interview/speech where Rand said "I’m not advocating everyone go out and run around with no clothes on and smoke pot," please let me know where it can be found.
So what did we learn from this?
1. The divide and conquer trolls have been successful in the liberty movement (either they have spread their venom enough for Info Wars writers to latch on, or they write for Info Wars)
2. If a ≠ b, and a ≠ c, then b must = c
3. Kurt Nimmo really needs to learn how to write
UPDATE: Alex Jones speaks out about Rand Paul and the Kurt Nimmo article: