Just in case you didn’t think Senator Rubio’s counter-response was quite enough of a perpetuation of the GOP bubble, then the Tea Party response should send whatever blood remaining in your eyes oozing out. Although Sen. Rubio was supposed to be bringing the Republican Party back to sanity in his response, Senator Paul’s speech was actually the more bold and sensible. And I’m aware that “Tea Party response” and “sensible” go together like athlete and bowling, but the radical lassie-fairest Senator did show glimpses of a man looking to carve out a more moderate platform for a 2016 run.
Appearing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Sen. Paul commenced his rebuttal with the tired GOP talking points used to hoodwink the miserably misinformed, anti-government base. For example, touting the government as the devil and exaggerating the rate of the deficit under Obama.
But Sen. Paul took on some of his father’s strident independence and occasional flashes of reason when it came to the military. For Republicans’ part, they’re all about taking a chainsaw to the entire edifice of the New Deal programs, but do not seems to care at all about the 800-pound gorilla of wasteful defense spending taking a massive dump on our fiscal security. Sen. Paul decried this glaring hypocrisy on the part of the Republican Party and said ‘military spending is not immune to waste and fraud.’
“Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses. It is time for a new bipartisan consensus. It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud,” said Sen. Paul (Yahoo News)
On immigration, Sen. Paul seemed to finally understand that this is a vast demographic the Republicans can no longer ignore. Now, even if his motivations came from carefully calculated political expediency, his words seemed unlike Senator Rubio’s “look at me, I’m a Latino and a Republican” superficial pandering.
“We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future. We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says, ‘If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you,'” said Sen. Paul (Yahoo News)
You don’t have to be a Nobel Laureate to know that the Republican Party has been all about shedding American jobs to produce wealthy manufacturers coddling CEOs with tax cuts and dangerous deregulation that begat the financial crisis of 2008. But Sen. Paul seemed to finally put the extremist xenophobia that animated the Republican Tea Party wing (the only wing) to rest, taking it into the 21st century, at least superficially.
But much like his father, Sen. Paul is like Mad Libs; he starts out seemingly sensible only to quickly delve into the absurd.
“We are the party that adheres to the Constitution. We will not let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment!” exclaimed Ron Paul on the issue of guns.
Okay, maybe Mad Libs is much more fun and nobody gets murdered due to so many loopholes in our gun laws. However, you can clearly see that this is one issue where Sen. Paul takes his cues from wackos like Ted Nugent.
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