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The Libertarian Cato Speaks in Forbes: Please Rand Paul

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Doug has a wonderful way of summing up the 2016 Election with his article in Forbes. Bandow is accurate about Hillary and the Republicans who might run in in the GOP. The Cato's thoughts on Hillary:

"She consistently promoted a militarist policy in the Balkans and Middle East. She advocated war against Serbia, backed the Iraq invasion (a vote she repudiated only under political pressure in the 2008 campaign), and took a hawkish position on virtually every issue within the Obama administration: more troops for Afghanistan, continued military presence in Iraq, little compromise with Iran, war in Libya. While she mocked the president’s mantra of “Don’t do stupid stuff,” she spent her career doing just that.

Instead of offering an alternative leading Republicans are all in for war, more war, forever war. The dual donkeys of the apocalypse, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, naturally have been advocating that America go to war in both Syria and Iraq. The two also are hardliners toward Moscow and Tehran—in 2008 McCain actually sang a little ditty about bombing Iran. The question is, where don’t they want to go to war or risk war? It’s hard to say."

The Cato compares former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, Florida’s Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rand Paul. The Cato believes Americans are sick and tired of war and does further assert:

"This point is critical. The American people are tired of their sons, brothers, fathers, and uncles—and increasingly daughters, sisters, mothers, and aunts too—being treated as gambit pawns in an endless series of global chess games, to be sacrificed whenever folks in Washington dream up a grand new crusade. As Paul asked Perry: “How many Americans should send their sons and daughters to die for a foreign country, a nation the Iraqis won’t defend for themselves?”

More likely than not, the Democratic Party presidential nominee in 2016 will be Hillary Clinton, the perfect representative of the Clinton-Bush-Obama foreign policy consensus—of constant intervention and war. The American people are desperate for an alternative. The best way for Republicans to lose again would be to nominate someone who represents the same failed policy. If the GOP abandons the bipartisan War Party the political game will change radically. A reform movement has begun in the House—Walter Jones, Justin Amash, and John Duncan, for instance. But among potential presidential nominees only Rand Paul so far is charting a different course. Will others join him?"


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Epic, I am going to have to borrow this line

"The dual donkeys of the apocalypse, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham"

Bump, WIsh those jackasses could just stay in

the barn, and not in the Senate.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I would be happier

if they would crawl off into a hole they never came back out of lol.


I thought that line was particularly tasty as well.

May future generations look back on our work and say that these were men and women who, in a time of great crisis, stood up to their politicians, the opinion-makers and the establishment. And saved their Country.
- Congressman Ron Paul, MD

Rand must

get over his "mixed feelings" about Iraq and mixed messages like the neoconish Time Ukraine piece and take a solid stand against intervention and war, then the election could come down to war or no war. The American people according to polls are sick of war, however another poll has them approving of the airstrikes! Once the troops are there (if they aren't already)it will be time for potential candidates to state their case without trying to play politics. I won't hold my breath.

What does Rand

have to do to please you? Rand is making headlines coast to coast because he is assumed to be the GOP's best hope against the Pro-War Hillary and her reluctant Democrats. Really, I feel sorry for Hillary because the country is fed up with war. Poor thing.

I believe

I've already answered your question.

OK, Rand

will take all the politics out of this political battle.

Besides in another 100 days Rand will be 10 times stronger and will be better able to share with America his solid solutions. Then everyone will jump on the band wagon of Rand Paul Republicans.

Before this is over Bill Clinton won't vote for Hillary! Poor thing.

That's some crystal ball

you got there RG. One thing I've learned in this life: it is unpredictable.

I do like the idea of Bill not voting for his wife.

mixed bag so far:

Rand is focused

on the youth vote. Chelsea will probably bail on her mom too, just like everybody else.

Of course

and the Obama girls will give their support and speak for the African American youth vote. I can see it now...Didn't O just call HC's views horseshit. See that's an indicator.

Why so negative?

davyC you wrote, ""If libertarianism is taking root, why has the NSA grown dramatically? Why has the prison population grown dramatically? Why are the police depts., of late, getting militarized?"

Rand is fighting all these things and instead of you being delighted, all you can say is: we can win, we can't win, we can't win. I can prove it because we have lost before.

If you were on a football team you would be banned from the locker room.

if you would have read

that post closely you would have seen that it was questions presented by a good friend of mine, and you left some things out.
i do agree these are good questions to ask. my friend by the way is an old school libertarian and a totally positive person. he is however brutally honest and i think his critique is healthy against all the wishful thinking going on.

Not True

I, read exactly what you wrote. I even went to your link to "Hot Air" and read all 50 comments about how these goofballs are not going to vote for Rand. I didn't see you correcting them. But you would link that garbage here. Then you say I didn't read your dribble which is not true.

I'm sorry. I spent this afternoon planning how to handle the 10/15/2014 debate between Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist. It's the biggest race in America this year. Trust me, if you would have wanted to be in that meeting I would have said, "No way."

Oh we're obviously

talking about different links, or you're confused. The link you took the quote from is (a post here told to me by a friend–I say that in the post!) click it again and see for yourself. as for the hot air link I wouldn't even read the comments, and reason said the same thing (slipping with the tea party) not that it's even a big deal, just a fact, a point in the discussion. I find it's you who has the negative vibe, and like so many others (Obama supporters were the same) close off their critical thinking if they don't like what you're saying. Bragging about what you do does not help your cause. Post the Wyllie clips for everyone here to see, and put a check on your elitist attitude, It's unbecoming at The Daily Paul.

OK davyC

Here you go this is a short video of the next Governor of Florida.


I am only involved in healthcare policy.

I like him

It would take a miracle for him to win, but suddenly Florida would become a place to seriously consider moving to.

thanks davyC

Florida has palm trees, sunshine and soon FREEDOM!

Just remember,

Vote the Record, Not the Rhetoric


"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

The problem

is the idiocracy votes for who the MSM tells them to vote for, and for many it's reduced to something akin American Idol. Then there's the rigging, cheating, changing of the rules etc.

Another interesting article, and first I've heard of him being called liberal!

Rigging, cheating,

I was in the thick of it in 2012.

Win, or lose, we must be the Voices of Liberty, and continue it the best that we can.

As for the article, it is well known that the tea-party has been hugely co-opted.

Keep hanging in there, davyC :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

continue to spread

the libertarian message of ron paul. agreed. starting with our own lives and actions. & education. and as ron paul has pointed out recently (again) see the movement as a philosophical revolution, not political. although when both sides do agree on something then you will see change. ron paul has said it before too, that each of us should find our own way to spread the message. there are plenty of liberty warriors like lew rockwell who don't vote and i certainly understand their reasons. others refuse to acknowledge that idea and cling to the notion that there is only one way.

Very good read!

Enjoyed. Good insights, sparkled with irony & humor.

"What more could possibly have gone wrong?" :-)

Thank you

Bump for Rand!

Bump for Rand!

Thank you