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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "Assures" Evangelicals That He Doesn't Want to End the Drug War

  1. Rob Cypher
    In preparation for a 2016 presidential run, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is courting evangelical leaders.

    And we all know what that means! It's time to throw those hedonistic, libertine, drug-obsessed libertarians under the bus. The Washington Post reports on how that's going:

    Just to hammer home what's been said already: Paul isn't a libertarian on drugs. He wants to keep everything illegal, but institute gentler penalties. That's not remotely libertarian. (Is it politically practical? Sure. So are farm subsidies.)

    As for "traditional marriage," here's how Paul is selling his position to evangelicals:

    "Win back the hearts and minds of people"? What does that even mean? That if we give the country enough time, a majority of voters will change their minds about extending equal protection to same-sex couples, and revoke it? And that would be a good thing?

    Considering just how "radical" candidate Obama was, I can't help but wonder how Paul would be different from any other Republican president.

    Mike Riggs
    May 13, 2013



  1. Sovereignty
    Re: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "Assures" Evangelicals That He Doesn't Want to End the Drug

    If I'm not mistaken, wasn't his father, Ron Paul, in favor of ending prohibition on the federal level altogether? It's interesting to see the differences both the father and son have with one another, seeing as Ron Paul didn't believe corporations were people and I remember reading that Rand was in favor of keeping there personhood status intact.
    Not to mention Murdoch's right is giving him their regards (Sean Hannity, for example, was not at all a fan of Ron, but seems to have some high opinions on Rand).

    Seems to me that he's just dancing for a different crowd and relying on name recognition to appeal to the fan-base that his father earned.

    Though to be fair, he has challenged some of the government's overreaching "anti-terror" laws such as the drone strikes, etc.
  2. Großschmackhaft
    Re: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "Assures" Evangelicals That He Doesn't Want to End the Drug

    It seems he is an opportunist who wants all the support of his father but none of the controversy that comes with wanting to end wars on things that cannot successfully warred against but have been due to widespread ideology. That makes a lot of sense since imo, the libertarian base is socially conservative and has no problem at all with governmental control as long as it is of things they do not like. Obviously this cannot be called true libertarianism, but it is a necessary part of representative democracy that politicians bow to the will of their supporters, so he he offers his target audience a skimmed milk libertarianism in hopes the parts he skimmed were really the ones holding his father back.

    That is not to say i favor libertarianism in its true form either. Legalizing drugs would surely do away with a lot of problems now falsely attributed to them but in fact caused by the prohibition. But the problems actually caused by drugs would persist or with more widespread use even increse, and that's where the government has to offer the affected persons the help they require.

    That's probably the message he wants to send to the more conservative folks, but i can't really find anything wrong with that. That's democracy, which is an expression of popular ideology, not infallible wisdom.
  3. Rob Cypher
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): Marijuana users lose IQ points and lack motivation

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday he did not support the legalization of marijuana, though he did support some form of decriminalization.

    “What I think is that if your kid or one of his friends goes out and gets caught with marijuana, sticking them in prison is a big mistake,” he told Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution. “So I don’t really believe in prison sentences for these minor non-violent drug offenses, but I’m not willing to go all the way to say it is a good idea either. I think people who use marijuana all the time lose IQ points, I think they lose their drive to show up for work.”

    Paul, however, added that he believed individual states should be allowed to decide whether they wanted to legalize marijuana or not.

    Much to the chagrin of his libertarian supporters, Paul has said he doesn’t support drug legalization. Despite Paul’s lack of support for legalization, many drug policy reformers view him as an ally because of his support for legislation to scale back the war on drugs.

    During the Hoover Institution interview, Paul also said he supported overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. He said abortion as well as same-sex marriage should be issues for the states to decide.

    Eric W. Dolan
    Raw Story
    June 17, 2013

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