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Politico says Rand Paul is The One-Man Think Tank

The One-Man Think Tank


Where do Rand Paul’s ideas come from? The short answer: himself. Until now, the Kentucky senator has been able to call his own shots—one day, he warns about drones attacking American citizens; another, he rips into the harsh sentences given to drug offenders. The common thread from one idea to the next is usually his libertarian, small-government philosophy—an ideology that can often put him at odds with his own party

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Advisers matter, but

when it comes down to it, like JFK did in the darkest hour (Cuban Missile Crisis), a leader must act according to his/her own judgment. It would be refreshing to have a well read, critical thinker like Rand in the WH with an understanding of history and economics. Having none other than his father, another highly informed, critical thinker, as a sounding board and adviser is another big plus.

I guess I should've patented

my user ID.

These article writers lurk

These article writers lurk here. I've seen many a topic lifted. I wouldn't be surprised.


How coincidentally funny!

Nice picture

Usually MSM pictures of Ron and Rand are far from flattering.

Nice to see a good one for a change.

Maddow did a segment on Rand recently where she was basically saying "go ahead Rand, give up your senate seat to run, and I think you are only a protest candidate anyway"

While the segment was basically sleaze, running down Rand and Ron Paul, it did bring up a point that I've been wondering...

Is Rand pushing hard this early to see what his numbers will look like when he has to make the big decision...Senate or presidential candidate?

I think he is. That's why he's in campaign mode long before the other candidates. Does anyone know the latest date he can declare?

Rand Paul, his ideas, and his likely Policies.

It would be much better if his leading advisors were from e.g. the Mises Institute, the Ron Paul Institute, and Future of Freedom Foundation, but we can't have EVERYTHING, can we?

Rand Paul is NOT his father, never can or will be, and nobody should reasonably expect him-or ANYBODY- to be. He is a worthy alternative to, and an improvement over, e.g. Mitt Romney, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, Goofy, Dopey, Sleazy, and other (political) dwarfs who have been defacing politics over the past few decades.

Where does that leave us? Support him, donate to his campaign(s), and volunteer to spread his good word when he is right about issues- as he often is.

When he is wrong, don't hesitate to withhold donations-better still, donate the money that would have gone to his campaign to more libertarian/ Constitutionalist organizations- write letters to the editor, host YouTube videos, and communicate your dissatisfaction-and why-on any internet and "social media" you have access to.

Boycott his campaign and let everybody know why.

There are ENORMOUS pressures being put on Rand Paul-and his campaign-daily from the same people and interests who have made such a bloody mess of our country's domestic and foreign policies over many years. He NEEDS strong, consistent and principled countervailing pressure, especially from Kentucky, but everywhere else as well. Otherwise he will, even if elected, simply be another Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon, or Ronald Reagan!

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

I'm indeed not my Father as well.

My Father (RIP) had some bad business tendencies that I do not share.

I'm the youngest of 4 Boys and I probably look the least like my Father.

That being said as much as I am NOT my Father I notice parts of my personality and mannerisms coming out in myself... The way I walk the way I talk and the way I think about life in general...

Me and my Father never saw eye to eye on ANYTHING would be almost a fist fight per day....

And yet The apple didn't fall far from the tree no matter how hard I tried.

The Ayes have it!

The Rand campaign will be

The Rand campaign will be able to use this effectively, from Politico:

"Rand Paul is ranked #1 on THE POLITICO 50, Politico's list of the thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction."

I've been a libertarian for a long time but clearly, this was not possible without Ron Paul and his backers.

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.


It's written as if Rand Paul sprang up out of nowhere.

No one should be surprised at his wide and deep interests and knowledge, given his upbringing and the example set by his parents. Not to mention four siblings, his experience campaigning as a child, and his stint working in Congress before he became a doctor.

That family knows history, economics, and how the two relate. Can you imagine the after dinner conversation?

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

Shows how disconnected they are.

They never heard of, or ignored, things like the Mises Institute and people like Ron, Rothbard, and I could list for a page or so. These ideas were just outside their radar range until Rand took the senate seat and became a significant power - substantially more clout-wielding than his dad. So now they are crediting the ideas to him, still with no visibility of the infrastructure of their history.

Of course, maybe they DO realize the support network exists, and are carefully suppressing news of it to try to reduce its recruitment among the general population (as they did with Ron Paul's presidential candidacy).

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Some principles

are better than none.

Ron Paul Was Right