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How Did Rand Paul Become a Liberal Hero?

by David Freedlander . Sep 29, 2013 . The Daily Beast

He’s from the far corner of the right, but he’s to the left of most of the Democratic Party on key progressive issues like war, drug policy, and over-incarceration. Liberals tell David Freedlander why they’re embracing the Tea Party darling.

He came to Washington railing against the party establishment. Once in the Senate, he became one of that body’s foremost critics of war and of increased military spending. He drew national attention for his defense of civil liberties. His use of the real, live, stand-up-and-shout-them-down filibuster took an axe to moribund, genteel traditions of the upper chamber of Congress.  He called for the restoration of the voting rights of felons, a little-remarked-upon issue except to civil rights activists, but one that could tip the balance of electoral politics in key states. He even is pushing for legalized hemp.

Is this liberal hero Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont? Of course not. This lefty hero is Rand Paul, the Republican from Kentucky, who during a period of liberal retreat has somehow emerged as one of the nation’s most articulate defenders of progressive values. Look no further than a Wednesday earlier this month, when Paul testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders. Citing statistics that showed that young minority males were far more likely to face longer prison sentences than other groups, he sounded like a class warrior: “Why are the arrest rates so lopsided? Because it is easier to go into urban areas and make arrests than suburban areas.”

And it has won Paul some plaudits in unlikely corners, with stalwart liberals like Medea Benjamin writing that Paul should be commended for his anti-war stance. The liberal website Truthdig.org has regularly praised Paul’s stances, and the site’s founder, New Left journalist Robert Scheer, has regularly sung the Kentucky Senator’s praises on a nationally syndicated radio show he appears on.

“I have a lot of problems with Rand Paul,” said David Sirota, the liberal author and blogger, citing his positions on the economy and on a woman’s right to choose. “But I think that on issues concerning national security and the domestic security state he is as right as anybody in the Congress—and there aren’t a lot of people in Congress who are good on those issues.”


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This guy needs to get out more

Check the comments on Daily Kos, Rawstory every time Ron or Rand are mentioned, I'm not sure if "foaming spasms" is the right term for it but it comes pretty close. If that don't do it lemme spell it out for you. Those guys PHREAKING HATE US AND THEY WISH WE WERE DEAD.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.


Why did Rand make that stupid fuxking comment about marrying pets. It makes this so much more difficult.


So you live to convert liberals?

One more time ...

Drones or no drones
domestic spying or no domestic spying
war or peace
1000 murdered journalists or no

The libs will aways vote for the socialist. They will NEVER, EVER, EVER vote for Rand Paul.

u got a negative vote for defending Rand in that beast article?

wtf....lol, one of my previous comments on this thread got a negative vote for just mentioning people were defending him in the comments.

I didn't negative vote you


And for keeping this thread alive. This kind of thing is what we should all be rallying around. Coalition building and tearing down the partisan wall.


This could be a major factor

This could be a major factor in States that have open Presidential elections. I am actually glad to see this, I would rather not have Hilary as President.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

If Hilary becomes president,

If Hilary becomes president, I'm done, I'm leaving, end of story.

I wish I had that option

I have my Elderly father to take care of and six Grand Children to fight for. So I have no choice but to stay and fight for a step in the right direction.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

stay strong

hang in there.

It's tough

Especially when all the parties seem to be hell bent on pushing this Country into a violent revolution. This can be done in steps peacefully but no one wants to temporarily compromise to complete those steps.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

a couple of us are doing some work in the comments

check comments from invisibelazn and seamusin

got a negative vote for pointing out a couple of

people going to bat for Rand and defending libertarian ideas in the comments of that article?


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The comments on the article are interesting

They have so much hatred for their own freedom. Such a shame.

Seems to me

That the paid trolls are running unopposed at the DailyBeast. It's statistically impossible to have that much vitriol and stupidity. The author of that article has experienced enough within his own liberal circles to come to his conclusions and felt compelled to write this piece, yet that reality hardly seems reflected in the comments.

good point

when the president and his wife are creating millions of ghost accounts to make them look extra "special" on social media, it is a given that the same social engineers are at work in other areas. Daily Beast would seem an obvious target for them.