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Rand Paul: Sleeping with
the Enemy at Berkeley

PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon

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Posted By:Judy W., 3/20/2014 6:22:31 AM

Whatever you think of Rand Paul, he’s actually doing something that politicians rarely do — talking at length to audiences who don’t usually agree with him. And winning over new friends in the process. His recent speech at UC Berkeley, where he apparently got a standing ovation for excoriating runaway government spying on Americans, is only the latest example. Historically, the Republican Party has been just what the public thinks it is, largely a bunch of risk-averse white men who are totally clueless at public relations, even though they are on the right (correct) side of almost every issue. Meanwhile, the

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For once, I agree with every word Roger writes. Other Republicans have got to reach beyond traditional constituencies -- conservatives have so much to offer but sometimes act as if they want to keep that a secret.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/20/2014 6:52:28 AM     (No. 9776394)

Go for it, Senator.

I like a lot of things about Rand Paul, but I am very much put off by his successful effort to get Kentucky law changed so he can run for two offices. If he wants to run for President, he should do it with confidence of a win and not with a fall-back senate seat in case of failure.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Judy W., 3/20/2014 7:11:43 AM     (No. 9776411)

I should add that I also agree with Roger about his worry over Rand Paul´s foreign policy, or lack thereof. FTA:

I am NOT one, however, who thinks we should be cutting defense at all at this present time, given what’s going on across the globe from Caracas to Tehran. That’s where I might diverge from Citizen Rand. I get nervous when I read columns from his father about the Crimea. Maybe Old Ron never visited the Soviet Union. I did. It was a jail the size of a continent. It went away for awhile, but unfortunately Evil Empires have a way of coming back.

Rand has to make clear whether he has differences with Papa on foreign policy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 3/20/2014 7:40:34 AM     (No. 9776435)

#2, agree 100 percent.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 3/20/2014 7:49:12 AM     (No. 9776442)

Paul would have gotten a standing O in the hallowed halls of Berkeley if he also glorified the legalization of pot and/or SS marriage.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 3/20/2014 8:55:48 AM     (No. 9776524)

Article is accurate, bordering on profound!

Since 1912 when the general election had Wilson, progressive democrat, Taft, sitting progressive republican, Roosevelt running as officially progressive and Debs, the distant socialist, the only two true conservatives elected were Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan.
Significantly, both Coolidge and Reagan were originally progressives and "woke up."

Also, Coolidge´s economic policies, based on Melon´s "Scientific Taxation" and the "Reaganomics" based on the theory of the "Laffer Curve" are almost exactly the same -- and both worked. Lower taxes actually do produce more revenue and at the same time expand the economy.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamus, 3/20/2014 9:09:27 AM     (No. 9776549)

Apparently it´s way too scarey for Nancy Pelosi to oppose domestic spying. Pelosi praised Diane Feinstein for speaking up, but said she wouldn´t have the courage to oppose really frightening people in government.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 3/20/2014 9:59:19 AM     (No. 9776619)

I´m not a fan of Rand Paul, but he is doing something I´ve advocated and done for thirty five years... talk to people who instinctively don´t like you, about things you have in common. Most Americans, or people who want to be an American, can be made to see the incredible danger behind the spy state that has grown like a cancer in our midst.

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