On April 7th, 2015 progressives around the world felt a very real cringe of fear trickle down their spines. Establishment Republicans and Democrats alike worst nightmare has come true, Senator Rand Paul has announced that he is running for President of The United States. On April 7th, 2015 Rand Paul announced to the world that “We have come to take our country back”.
Rand Paul is a unique departure from the traditional “establishment” Republican candidates. Many people claim he is not a conservative because of some of his beliefs. Typically the people accusing him of being a leftist are failed former presidential candidates, or tired worn out senators. Rand Paul is a true limited government conservative. Because of this true limited view of government progressive Republicans such as Senator McCain, and Senator Graham proclaim claim him to be a leftist. Ironically it is because of these so called “questionable” views that Rand Paul ends up being to the right of just about every member of the United States Senate.
Rand Paul represents a choice for the GOP. They can continue to travel down the path forged by men like Speaker Boehner, President John McCain, President Mitt Romney….. sorry I forgot McCain and Romney did not win their elections, I’m sorry. Or they can embrace the new way forward that Rand Paul has been forging for the GOP. Senator Paul has set out to grow the GOP, to extend the message of TRUE conservative principles to the masses. Senator Paul is the only Republican that I know of, who enjoys massive support from the Millennial generation. The Millennials of course being the group that prevented Senator Hilary Clinton from winning the Democrat Primary in 2008, and helped to propel Senator Barack Obama into the White House. He speaks out for the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, and Tenth Amendment which Millennials find extremely important.
Senator Paul is one of the few members of the United States Senate that has repeatedly stood against the lawless nature of President Barack Obama. He stood for 13 hours mounting an old fashion Filibuster to prevent the nomination of John Brennan to the Director of the CIA. The issue, a letter released from Eric Holder which stated that President Obama believes that he has the right to use drones to kill American Citizens on American soil. Senator Paul had this to say on March 6, 2013 “I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court. that Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in bowling green, Kentucky, is an abomination. it is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country”.
The reason this filibuster stands out in my mind, is that Rand Paul knew going in that this was a battle that he could not win, he knew that he did not have the votes to stop this nomination, but he stood up anyways. He stood alone in front of the Senate, stood against his party, stood against the President of The United States, and fought for the rights and liberties of the American People. It is easy to stand in a crowd, real courage is standing your ground when everyone else runs away.
You can tell that Rand Paul is a serious contender for the 2016 Presidential Race, because progressive pundits are trying to paint him as a radical, and moderate GOP Establishment officials are trying to down play not only his viability as a candidate, but mocking those who support him. Some saying “he has a special base”, as if they are outside the political norm. These establishment members really need to wake up and smell the coffee. We nominated John McCain, who was the spunky maverick that could win, we nominated Mitt Romney who was the man who could win the independents, both times we watched Barack Obama take the Presidential Oath of Office. The GOP must grow if it is to survive, and mocking your political base is a sure fire way to ensure a trip to the black abyss of historical failures.
Amongst the “we need to nominate someone who can win” crowd, Rand Paul is the anti-Christ. If you are amongst that crowd, I would like to remind you some important statistics.
- Conservatives make up the largest voting block in the country,
- 70% of Republicans identify themselves as Conservative
- 35% of independents identify themselves as Conservative
- Senator Rand Paul has won the CPAC Straw Poll three years in a row
- Mitt Romney did not win the CPAC Straw Poll in 2012
- John McCain did not win the CPAC Straw Poll in 2008
So the largest group of voters in the country identifies itself as conservative, the next largest group are moderates, who Rand Paul’s brand of True limited government conservatism will appeal too. He clearly has the support of conservative Americans, conservatives who control the road to the White House. Learn from history, another Mitt Romney or John McCain is just opening the door Hilary Clinton’s White House bid.
Senator Rand Paul is a serious contender for the White House in 2016. He has the ability to heal the nation, and bring the United States back into a golden era. He would be a amazing President, and would easily defeat Hilary Clinton in a race for the White House.