Rand Paul on What it Means to Be a RepublicanSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 12:05
Rand Paul Speaks to College Republicans at WKU
Tuesday evening, April 8th, Rand Paul spoke to college Republicans and supporters in Bowling Green, KY. Dr. Paul gave a twenty minute speech on what it means to be a Republican. Here is a a video of Dr. Paul's remarks.
Part 2, and a written approximation of his remarks below. Thank you to Christopher Hightower.
The Future of the GOP
Why am I a Republican? Why should you be a Republican? And what does it mean to be a Republican?
A political party doesn't have any value unless it means something; unless it fills some message. A fast majority of Republicans say they are conservative, but what does that mean?
Barry Goldwater wrote, "I have little interest in streamlining government or making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom.... And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents "interest," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."
We feel like the constitution should be a guide to what government does in Washington. Is there anything in the constitution about the government buying private banks, and holding stocks in banks? The republican platform specifically states we don't believe in bailing out failed businesses, so, we have republicans going against what we believe. If our elected leaders don't adhere to our republican platform, in the end we lose our credibility.
We have to self examine if we are going to get bigger or grow. We have to get beyond the hypocrisy of the past eight years, and we have to forge something new. It's going to take new young people in the party who want the party to get bigger; we also have to have believability.
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* Rand Paul is an eye surgeon from Bowling Green and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the US Senate should Jim Bunning retire.