Rand Paul at CPAC

The media has covered Paul’s CPAC address by playing a simple sound byte: “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?”  Yes, that is in the speech, but there is much more. You can read the full transcript here. A few selections:

On drones:

Eisenhower wrote, “How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?” If we destroy our enemy but lose what defines our freedom in the process, have we really won? If we allow one man to charge Americans as enemy combatants and indefinitely detain or drone them, then what exactly is it our brave young men and women are fighting for?

On the future of the GOP:

The Republican Party has to change—by  going forward to the classical and timeless ideas enshrined in our Constitution. When we understand that that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, then we will become the dominant national party again. It is time for us to revive Reagan’s law: For liberty to expand, government must now contract. For the economy to grow, government must get out of the way.

The address is rather casual and has the feel of a stump speech. One can only wonder if Senator Paul is getting serious about seeking the GOP nomination for 2016. If so, does he stand a fighting chance?

4 thoughts on “Rand Paul at CPAC

  1. To try and accomplish what Rand Paul’s father Ron Paul couldn’t ( to get the GOP nomination for the Presidency) Rand Paul has moved his rhetoric away from scaring Federal gravy train riders,who happen to be a voting majority of the voting population,towards privacy and civil rights themes that can be accepted by all sides of the political spectrum. Basically Rand Paul is taking a page out of Mr.Obama’s notebook which is to appear as a reformer of the staus quo to attract votes and then when elected using the power of the Executive Branch to achieve one’s philosophical goals. Mr. Obama used this reformist rhetoric in the 2008 election by painting Mr.Bush’s Presidency as being war mongering “non-transparent” and secretive. Once in power,however,Mr.Obama followed the same war policies as Mr.Bush yet pushed through his,Obama’s,domestic leftist views. “Hope and Change” became more war,less transparency and growing the State. Basically,nothing changed and things got only worse. If,and that’s a big if,Rand Paul becomes President in 2016 maybe using political reformer rhetoric will work to achieve that goal. If so,maybe Rand Paul will follow up on some of his father’s drive for real reform. That would be reigning in the Federal Government to it’s original Constitutional limits. We will have to wait and see.

  2. I eliminated ‘has a chance of winning’ from my list of criteria for choosing a candidate to vote for back in 1992. As of today I am willing to cast my vote for presidential candidate Paul.

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