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Rand Paul is One Sly, Cheeky, Son-of-a-Gun

Today was revealing for the Senator from Kentucky. After the scandal in New Jersey and the Robert Gates revelations, Rand Paul looks to be skating through these political waters like Chazz Michael Michaels.

President Obama basically steals Rand's Economic Freedom Zones idea and calls them "Promise Zones." But you know what Rand does? He embraces the idea of lower taxes and shows up at the President's speech, showing his ability to work beyond partisan lines. He even finds a way to drag McConnell along, symbolizing how Rand is dragging the Old Guard over to the libertarian way of thinking.

But the cheekiest and most revealing of his status toward presidential primary aspirations came when reporters ambushed him on his walk through the National Mall--highlighting his relevance in all things with aspirations. When asked about Christie's plight Rand coyly responded, "You know I am always angry when I get stuck in traffic. Now, I know who to blame." This is the perfect response to someone he has had feuds with in the past not to kick them too hard when they are down, but just wink and wave from his perch.

Rand is treading these waters carefully, and yet with a greater yield in his canoe than anyone in recent memory. He is making all the right calls and the dominoes are falling in place for him as these corrupt power players all around him are falling one by one. Let the Democrats and Republicans fight each other in the midterm while Rand in this electoral theater will display his relevance in orchestrating the dual nature of libertarian ideology by working with both sides of the aisle. I don't think there is a better man to put our trust in than him. I don't think I could stand to follow the political aspirations of any other man, not even Ron because he is so pure--we know what he is.

Rand on the other hand is one interesting, sly, cheeky, winking-at-us, son-of-a-gun.

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Rand Paul would make a benevolent master

but why have a master at all? Do you like being a slave? Just stop trying to control everyone with your vote... voting is evil... what if the majority of all of your neighbors voted to take your car? Would that make it right? Ha ha, down votes already from some slaves... stop trying to control me, even with Rand Paul! Go control yourself.

If you are libertarian you are on the right track... don't stop there:

the voting is evil myth

yeah lets do nothing and let them keep arresting people for marijuana and just click our heals and magically beam out of jail.

maybe someday we will get to that ancap voluntaryist utopian state but like it or not it starts with rand paul 2016 and hopefully ends with kokesh 2020 or 2024/2028. but yeah sure, be agorist and use bitcoins and all that jazz.

first you have to educate the masses and rand is the first step in my ancap blueprint. sticking your head in the sand and thinking it's all gonna change by making YouTube videos is naive.

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Larken Rose is a man ahead of his time. Thank you for sharing.

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~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Says the LP troll..

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Rand Paul would make a benevolent master

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If Rand Paul is looking like

If Rand Paul is looking like a good option you may want to consider becoming post-politics.

I am not going to count Rand out yet

but at this point I would not vote for him. He needs to prove that he is just not another good old boy. He has potential but I will be watching closely.

You Know What This Proves

Start campaigning for your Dad as a child, go to work with him in Congress, talk economics and foreign policy over supper, and have experiences that strip any sense of awe for famous elected officials because you were only tall enough to see their feet of clay in the first place.

He's got decades headstart on most candidates. Having a statesman for a father is very helpful. Plus, a few traits from Carol, I'm sure!

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I #StandWithRand @8Atlas2 on

I #StandWithRand

@8Atlas2 on Twitter

Priceless!

" Now we know who to blame in a traffic jam"

Rand Paul is

our only option, we have other choices, but I am afraid they are not viable. Rand Paul is gaining name recognition, we got to stick behind him. I am one that never had any doubt about Rand.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

You "never doubted Rand", and

You "never doubted Rand", and you believe this is a good thing? You should doubt everything from time to time or else you may just end up another sheeple..

Patience to men of Honor.

Ah. Healing virtue. Lets take a page from our young Luke Skywalker and stay the course with him. He has to play it close until someone or something big wakes more of us up. What else is there to do when truth and honesty is hemmed in by the circling sharks?

But about myself I will not boast, except as it concerns my weaknesses (2 Cor 12:5). Let the unbelievers seek praise from each other; I wish that which is from God alone.

Apparently, Rand and

most of the commenters, don't understand 'free markets', because the 'economic freedom zones' are nothing more than 'affirmative action zones'! Giving certain people, groups, regions, areas, ect, benefits over the rest of the people of the Republic is a statist position, not a 'free market' position. It sounds good to the ignorant electorate, that has continued to vote for their own slavery, but being the majority will not get the same privileges, it nothing different than 'affirmative action'. Come on people, why do you think the Marxist ideology praised Obama, supports similar actions?

Nah

Lowing taxes and reducing the role of government ANYWHERE is ALWAYS a good thing.

Take whatever movement in that direction you can get.

The all or nothing approach is foolishness.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

I heard it lowers taxes

But also pumps in tons of taxpayer money for gov programs, differentiating itself from Freedom Zones.

I hope you are talking about Promise Zones, because Rand's Freedom Zones simply lowered/eliminated taxes.

Promise zones are a good compromise because free market people can point out and say that low taxes are what help and the dumb ass liberals will say its the gov programs.

idk about affirmitive action, its just targeting population centers.

No coincidence that these areas are highly democratic/liberal voting records with huge debt and big gov.

People of conservative value already have low taxes and are doing well, these people do tend be white.

Rand is pretty cool, but I

Rand is pretty cool, but I can not forget that he is a war-mongering Israel lover, and that goes against my grain. Other than that, he is better than most prospects, but no love here.

Gotta play the game, son

HE IS WINKING AT YOU, cricket

Trust him. Ill take responsibility if he lies.

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"Trust him"? Screw that. I trust no one.

And could care not whether or not "you take responsibility if he lies."

And even if I DID care, what great event would be rendered by "you taking responsibility."?

YEAH I voted for Ron Paul in the last election (even knowing that he was way too honest a man to ever get elected) and if Rand Paul is able to get chosen into the planned election for 2016 I am all for it.

I might VOTE for him. But to "TRUST" him....that is an altogether other subject.

Not gonna trust him. Not gonna happen.

Even after his historic and EPIC filibuster...he had the gall recently to insinuate that Snowden needed a "reasonable sentence".

That is not "winking". That is an embarrassment. And the would be presidential genius lost me on that one.

As well as when he waxes neo-con to appease the neo-cons.

F--- the neo-cons.

Rand...stand up and be counted and stop pandering to the Mark Levins of the world...who will NEVER turn from the dark side!

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Just because..

..you told your barber to take a little off the top.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

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TIMID MEN...obviously don't have the testicular fortitude

to show themselves with a picture...not to mention...refrain from lashing out in a catty BELOW THE BELT estrogen-fueled ad hominem attacks on their opponent's scalp.

They either lack in testicular fortitude...or they lack in testicular anything...or both.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Great sense of humor.

Good luck with that.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

I was being facetious

You have a few options in 2016 if you are a purist Libertarian who cant be bothered with anyone who you dont 100% agree with or accept their strategy.

One, you can hope Rand doesnt betray you and your purity vote, like its the grail of votes needed to win the election (its not), and once he gets to president becomes the pure and righteous father he always had. pragmatic libertarians hope Rand is pure and switches into the pure degree of libertarian for us that liberal obama was supposed to be for his followers. IF he does betray you you can feel cheated, and cry and bemoan everything about wasting your virgin vote on someone who didnt do exactly the right tax plan you had in mind.

Two, you can whine and bitch and moan about how Gary Johnson is more pure and Justin Amash is more pure. And then sulk and call the whole system bullshit with your cynical, i hate the world tone, while Rand and the other pragmatic libertarians, along with the Tea Party, some social conservatives, and anti-war liberals join our side and we win the damn thing. But its okay, youll still have your purity and you didnt get burned when he becomes president and shifts the country into a generally more libertarian attitude, but your consolation will be that you are a PURE, Virgin Libertarian with values.

Sad part is those virgin values never tasted the sweet juices of victory...

+100

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

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I couldn't agree with you more.

And sorry...I didn't recognize your facetiousness...although I probably should...I just took your comments for face value.

Regardless....point taken, my friend.

Cheers.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

What good is getting elected

if the policy you implement when you win is anti-liberty? Think about it.

Also, Gary Johnson is hardly an example of a "purist." Amash, however, would have better results in a general election than Rand, because he is not seen as a Republican Party hack, the way Rand is.

Gary Johnson is not more pure

Gary Johnson is a libertine. He is completely in the dark on economics and wants to legalize marijuana so we can tax it.

Séamusín

Bingo

The LP is now the libertine (or "liberaltarian" if you prefer) party. They've sold out on economics to pander to the hipster dufus crowd, focusing on such trivialities as gay marriage. The Ron Paul Republicans are the only true libertarians in politics today. Not to mention, the LP is a total failure in practice, they're going nowhere. We're winning. :-)

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

I think...

NowOrNever states- "They've (The LP) sold out on economics to pander to the hipster dufus crowd, focusing on such trivialities as gay marriage."
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Um. Where do you get that? The Libertarian Party has been defending those trivialities called Natural Rights, for decades. I carried a banner in the Chicago Gay Rights parade with a dozen other perfectly Het party members, for one of our candidates back in the early 90's for example.

The Libertarian Party you make fun of now was standing up for Gay Rights back when Gay bashing was a frequent form of summer entertainment. Gays were attacked and beaten and the police would do nothing if they were beaten and murdered.

It's been interesting to read all the anti-Libertarian rhetoric on here in the last couple of months.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

The seriousness with which you treat the gay issue...

...only proves my point. The LP now belongs in the same category as Reason Magazine and the other beltway libertarian organizations. It's become soft on economics (the key libertarian issue IMO), to be the champion of gay marriage, abortion, and legal pot: i.e. to pander to the left-side of the culture war (put another way: the LP has willingly turned itself into the establishment's caricature of what libertarianism is all about). Grrrreat, so while we're living in a socialist dictatorship, at least we can smoke a joint while attending a gay marriage. Frrrreeeeedddddom!!! /sarc

No thanks, I'll stick with Rand, Massie, Amash, etc.

The LP can pound sand.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."