Is Rand Paul the only Republican who can save his party?Submitted by Kurt Wallace on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:50
Hey Daily Paul peeps this interview is with Edward Hudgins director of advocacy at Atlas Society. We talk about the civil war within the Republican party. He makes interesting points about immigration. We also cover Rand Paul's strategy in his outreach on issues like mandatory minimum sentencing for drug felons and his outreach to silicon valley liberals. I was very impressed by Edward Hudgins and hope you are too. Please let me know what you think?
Kurt Wallace: This is Kurt Wallace and our guest today on Rare is Edward Hudgins, Director of Advocacy for the Atlas Society, his new book The Republican Party’s Civil War: Will Freedom Win? Ed thanks for being with us today on Rare.
Edward Hudgins: Glad to be with you.
Kurt Wallace: Let’s start go ahead and start talking about what’s happening in the Republican Party right now. You state that in your book the Republican Party is in a civil war. We’re seeing that kind of play out at the moment. This has been happening over a period of time. Could you give us a little bit of a background of what your case is in the book and an overview of the three factions that you discuss in the book?
Edward Hudgins: Certainly, yeah. The Republican Party has been in this three-way civil war for some time and now it’s been breaking out across the country in political battles. First you have the establishment Republicans. These are the ones who basically want to keep the welfare state or they just think that there’s no way to get rid of it and so all they want to do is tweak it and make it work a little bit better. These are the people like Mitt Romney the people like John McCain. These are the people who want to save Social Security, save Medicare and so forth. And really don’t want to get rid of the welfare state. The second faction is what I call extreme social conservatives. These are folks who have a liberty limiting agenda. Especially concerning gays, often immigrants, things of that nature. And again the issue is that some of them are politically in favor of free markets and some of them are not very free market. But the point is they put a liberty limiting agenda. These are people like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. And then third you have the libertarian oriented Republicans. Old Goldwater-Reagan sort of Republicans who basically believe in limited government, individual liberty, free markets, decentralization of political power. And it’s interesting that in the last year or two a lot of Republicans have tried to jockey for inclusion in this group. Rand Paul certainly, Ted Cruz again they have feet in several of the other camps, in some senses, but they really are moving into that camp...
...But let me give you two other examples of where Rand Paul and people like him can and are arguing good things. Number one, outreach to Hispanic,s as I say Republicans have been losing the Hispanic vote. And there is an issue of about controlling the border and about the humanitarian mess that Barack Obama has made down there. On the other hand what the Republicans should be saying is most of the Hispanic immigrants come here because they want opportunity, they have the spirit of Americans, okay. Rather than sitting in Mexico and Guatemala and suffering and watching their families suffer they get off their butts, they don’t see a good way to get through the American immigration bureaucracy. They say screw it I’m going to go across the border and stand in front of Home Depot and work my butt off and realize the American dream. What we should focus on is not keeping these people out, but celebrating their values and saying we want an immigration system that allows them to come in legally that weeds out the gang members and the bad guys, that’s what the Republicans should be doing saying we celebrate that spirit...