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TIME Publishes Rand Paul's Response to President Putin, America IS Exceptional

I for one am very proud of America's next president.

A recent op-ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin has prompted me to respond. While his position that the Syrian conflict can and should be settled through a political and diplomatic solution is correct, virtually everything else in his writing should be taken to task. So I shall.

I begin with Mr. Putin’s disagreement regarding the exceptionalism of the United States of America. I could not more strongly disagree with him. While he is correct that God created every human being as an equal in His eyes, clearly the results of each of our efforts on this earth, individually and collectively, are not equal.

America’s exceptionalism is rooted in our founding documents and values. From the rights granted by our creator, but guaranteed by our Constitution. We should not shy away from saying so, especially when our actions are in keeping with this exceptional founding, as they were this week in our debate over going to war in Syria. Our constitutional checks and balances were on full display, largely resulting in the at least temporary halting of a rush to war.

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Debbie's picture

Here is a video of what Dr. Ron Paul had to say about American

Exceptionalism in the2012 campaign, as published by Daniel McAdams on the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and LRC today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LphCHQQygR8

Dan McAdams article: http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2013/...


Perhaps Rand should consult his dad more often.

He is making himself look like a jackass.

Putin was 100 percent correct..

..America hasn't been exceptional for over 100 years. and honestly, it's been American's belief in their exceptionalism that has gotten us where we are today. The stupid American public has always believed that we were somehow better, and therefore not susceptible to the same evils of any other government such as tyranny, et cetera.

However this is probably still a smart political move for Rand.

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

Regardless of how correct or

Regardless of how correct or incorrect Putin may be, we need to remember who he is...a communist. It wasn't that long ago that Obama was caught telling Putin to wait till the election was over so he would have more latitude when he thought the recorders were off. Obama and Putin are really not much different. It seems to me they may very well be playing "good cop/bad cop" as they know American citizens have just about had enough. Ask yourself why the he_! would the NYT publish a letter from a communist pleading to a disgruntled America that he is the more rational holder of thought? Sounds kind of scary and dangerous to me. But then again, the NYT has been on the side of communists for a long time.

What's the point? Agreement on an issue should not automatically be the foundation of trust.

I neither trust, nor distrust...

... The truth in his statements is self evident, regardless of whether or not you like the man.

Personally he has given me no reason to trust nor to distrust.
Obama and company however have given me all the reasons in the world to believe that everything that comes out of their mouths is a lie.

Now since I have already stated that I do not believe anything that comes out of the mouths of any of the administration's in our country, I certainly do not believe the Western smear campaign against Putin.

I do know that the Communist Party in Russia hates him.
I know that he allegedly incarcerated many of the oligarchs of the old communist system.
I know that he has recently given a hundred million dollars for reparations of churches that were destroyed during the Soviet reign.

So basically to summarize: anything Putin says automatically has more credibility than anything Obama says.

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

Putin was born

into a pre-existing Communist system. I think he identifies with being a patriot and Christian rather than a Communist as such.

i dont see anyone saying they trust Putin


I trust Putin

more than I trust the Obama administration and their masters behind the scenes.

Debbie's picture

Wow, I thought this was a joke!




Rand Paul

criticized only the last 15 years of America foreign Policy? He is so full of it, he is a total NeoCon appeaser, and his little interview with Wolf Blitzer acknowledging without evidence Assad gassed his people, he would be controlled if he were in the white house, sure he is the best Senator we have, but that's not saying much at all, you got Pedophiles like Menendez still serving without prosecution for example.

America: Exceptionally Criminal

You won't see this on CNBC. Larry Summers for Fed Chair? Get ready for that "second shoe" to drop that everybody's been waiting for. Summers engineered the 2008 collapse.

Another career politician

He is not just pandering; he lies by omission.
"We went to war in Afghanistan because they were harboring those who attacked us on 9/11. Mr. Putin’s cohorts went to war there three decades earlier for no legitimate reason."

What about Libya, Iraq, Panama, and numerous other military operations where the US had no legitimate reasons?
Implicitly this reinforce the perception in the US that if USSR invaded Afganistan 30+ years ago, the US can invade any country without the UN approbation provided that the US congress backs the war.
The whole point according to Putin is that no one should violate the UN chart otherwise we are heading toward a world war soon or late if the jungle law prevails. This is what happened when the league of nations collapsed in the 1930's.
USSR did not "invade" Afghanistan, the pre-existing communist government of Afghanistan asked the Russians to rescue them because they were in trouble. It was their (soviets) mistake, but the UN chart wasn't violated.
Inside the US, the UN has no word to say, but if the US decide to have an interventionist policy it can't ask other nations to respect international laws if the US ignore the same laws.

Rand needs to learn the key lesson

of his father's career.

Speak truthfully to the people, and you will gain their trust (no talking points)

His dad never engaged in this type of nationalstic puffery & politicking
He preferred to engage people with stimulating discussion. He never dumbed the conversation down.

This time publication was definitely NOT one of his best

I imagine that some of the powers that be in the RINO party are giving Paul jr. some spotlight time, just to see if he 'behaves'.

A lot more people trust Rand

A lot more people trust Rand than Ron. Sorry, but as nice as it would be if honesty lead to trust in politics, thinking it's actually the case is kind of ridiculous.

Well, if it means anything,

Well, if it means anything, this is one less, who does. He acts like we still follow the Constitution, which is not true. If you look at the Bill of Rights, there is only ONE which has not been violated by our current government (as well as prior ones). Either Rand has his head up his own butt on this one, or someone else is pulling his strings. Either way, I have to say, I thought Putin's speech was much more truthful than Rand's. Of course, Putin was not into talking about things Russia had done, just about us. Seems we trust Commie Chinese more than Commie Ruskies, though I can not begin to fathom why, nor why we put our country into financial debt with Communists, ever.

Yeah, while I would vote for

Yeah, while I would vote for Rand in most any election because I don't see a down side to doing so, I pretty much agree with what you have to say. I don't fully trust him either.

what's the definition of insanity

if we keep supporting these panderers, wtf do you expect we are going to get. The same crap.

Yes Rand is better then all the other Senators, but considering the rest of the Senate is completely incompetent at just about everything, that's not saying much.

I think you got me the wrong

I think you got me the wrong way. Trust is gained by chanting "hey, hey, USA" not by telling the truth. I'm just saying that's how it is, not how it ought to be.

rand says

"assad deserves death" i wonder if rand could pull the trigger?

and if he could, would he then label the murder american exceptionalism?

rand was a guest on his dad's show in a 3 part bit and it wasn't

nearly as interesting as one may have thought; in fact the weakest so far and the first on the set interviews. what was curious

to me was that rand seemed to slouch at times, and even show signs

of a pout. one can imagine the much wiser and more presidential

father sitting rand down and talking to him over the years, and a much younger rand

showing these same signs but more evident.

I see no convincing evidence presented by Obama, Kerry

or the media that has even slightly convinced me that Assad is even the perpetrator of the gas attacks let alone that he deserves death. It would have been irrational and foolish for Assad to initiate such attacks when he was already winning. It makes much more sense that the attacks were perpetrated by the "rebels" as a false flag ruse to allow military intervention by the US, which had been chomping at the bit for some time and was just looking for an excuse, i.e. a "red line" to be crossed or so they could claim a red line had been crossed.

nor i

they claim they have it but it's top secret. ho ho ho

Rand Making the Sausage

Stomach-turning prostration to flag-whipping, nationalistic republicans.

robot999's picture

Brilliant Chess Move

That's exactly what I thought when I saw his response. At first I was shocked, because "I" (me) believe what Lew R. said about Putin's statements - we are no longer exceptional. But Rand is not working to get MY vote - get it?

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

That is exactly right.

Besides that, he left Putin some wiggle room in several areas of his response. 1. The Communist Soviet Union, not Russia, invaded Afghanistan. It was the Communist party, which now is opposed to Putin and the United Russia party. 2. Who believes that the U.S. isn't supplying or otherwise aiding the "Syrian" rebels, at least, indirectly? 3. The weapons being sold by Russia appear to be primarily defensive in nature, to protect the buyers against Western aggression. So, his response is not likely to upset Putin very much. At the same time, Rand Paul is interjecting himself, very necessarily, into the Geo-political arena.

And to his detractors, anyone could have written a letter to TIME. They didn't have to publish his. Why should he not write a response on an issue about which he has strong feelings?

Time Magazine?

Act 4, scene 7... Rand lectures Putin... blah blah blah... "our dumbed down masses are better than your dumbed down masses"... blah blah

"American"? America and Russia are lines on a map drawn up by the power elite... yes, the slaves over here are more exceptional than those in other parts of the world...blah blah blah...

"us" against "them"... snooze