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Rand Paul Toasts Henry David Thoreau at TIME 100 Gala

Great example of perhaps what I like most about Rand - the ways in which he throws a monkey wrench in the brains of liberals. Here, in a room full of state-worshipping liberals, he proposes a toast to *abolitionist/environmentalist*, yet civil disobedient Thoreau:


http://youtu.be/8ntb8Lr-pPI




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Rand has that "next president

Rand has that "next president of the United States" vibe going on. Great toast!

best Rand speech ever

Why can't Rand talk like this all the time? Think of all the people he could educate.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Toastmaster

This is probably one of the best speeches I have seen and heard from Rand. It started off with a bit of inside and overt humor, conveyed elegantly the message of liberty (to be left alone to do as will), deftly associated a figure extolled by all American universities with contemporary challenges, and kept to a concise two minutes.

thoreau

"If that government is best which governs least, that government is best which governs not at all." Civil Disobedience.

Malo Periculosam Libertatem Quam Quietum Servitium
On y soit qui mal y pense

thoreau

"If that government is best which governs least, that government is best which governs not at all." Civil Disobedience.

Malo Periculosam Libertatem Quam Quietum Servitium
On y soit qui mal y pense

"And when men are ready for it,

that is the kind of government they will have."

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

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Hilllary, you don"t stand a chance!

Go Rand!

I'd rather be a hungry patriot than a satisfied slave.

very good..

I enjoyed the speech... however it is truly sad to look at the faces of the people who seem to have the slightest care in the world of what he is saying or the point he is trying to make... c'mon people!

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

That was beautiful

One of the best things I've seen him to do date.

He uses American history like a sword.

Totally flipped the guilt switch on them and made it go down like butter.

The only thing missing was a casual *drop mic* as he turned and walked off.

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Thanks for posting

I haven't seen this one before. Very nice.

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