We have all heard by now that Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite, has won the primary race in Kentucky from a traditional Rino. Part of his charm is the fact that he is a Washington outsider, however, it now appears that it is also part of his problem.
To begin with, he reportidly said that businesses should have the right to turn away racial minorities. WHAT!! Is he on some kind of robust libertarian LCD trip? Of course, that simply was not enough for Rand. He then went on to make comments appearing as he was defending BP. He said, "What I don't like from the presidents admiinistration is this sort of 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP', he said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America. He went on to say, "I think that this sounds really un-American in his critisim of business." He said that BP had agreed to clean up and pay for the costs so that should be enough. He then added, "I think it is part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it is always got to be somebodies fault instead of the fact that maybe accidents sometimes happen."
First of all, why is Rand Paul criticizing the US Civil Rights Acts, which I happen to agree with along with most Americans, at a time when the titanic is sinking from out of control spending and out of control debt and ballooning government? His libertarian concerns about government intrusion concerning Civil Rights is comparable to him being obsessing on striking out at the plate at age ten in a little league game when he should be focusing on being at the plate in a World Series in game 7 with a full count and the bases loaded and two outs. There is no doubt in my mind that he would help curb the out of control spending and debt, but why must there be such distastfull extra baggage that will go nowhere?
Second of all, I can understand what Rand is saying about BP. Accidents do happen, so why play the blame game? Of course, why then is BP and TransOcean pointing fingers at each other if we are not to play the blame game? He then chides the Obama administration for talking tuff concerning BP when the simple fact of the matter is that this is all being done for show because Obama received the most campaign donations from BP than from any other candidate in 2008. He may talk tough, but that is as far as it gets. He is simply playing on the emotions of enraged Americans. In fact, since BP now owns the Gulf, why not just rename it the Guld of BP?
I just can't take it anymore. Why is it that when the Tea Party begins to put candidates in office that may be able to change things they end up being the Marge Schott of politics. All he has to do now is cap it all off and say something like, "You know, if Hitler had not gone to war he would have been one of the greatest men in German history." In fact, that is probably the name of the game now just like it was for Marge. Try to evoke as many interview as possible to dig up some more controversial comments until they go bye bye.
To sum up, I don't think Rand is a racist, he is just anti-government thus evoking criticisms regarding Civil Rights government intrusion. I also think he is not really defending BP as he is attacking the Obama Administration for intruding in on the private sector. Ironically, however, it is all for show. Like I said, his lack of political savy and dedication to his principles is both a blessing and a curse. We love him for his candor but also end up hating him for it as well. Is it possible for political savy and integrity to ever meet?