Is Rand Paul Single?

I never was able to work up the sort of affection for Rand Paul that I felt for his irascible but endearing dad, who bravely and repeatedly bucked his lockstep authoritarian party during the Bush years, but today I might have changed my mind.  It seems that the curly-headed Medicare freeloader lately of Kentucky has actually redeemed himself just a tad; he may not be Russ Feingold, but he is a little bit cuter, and he’s still in the US Senate.  Glenn Greenwald and others have noted that some teabaggers, evidently Paul included, failed to get the memo from Dick Armey and the Kochs; they still adorably cling to the notion that those “Don’t Tread on Me” flags mean something other than, well, “Shut up and let us take the money,” and watching this dynamic play out is something of a delight.

You see, Rand and his ilk pushed forward by the right-wing money machine were never intended to dilute any of the dictatorial powers seized by Bush; given the rather radical wealth transfers this bunch had in mind, becoming a police state was just an unavoidable cost of doing business that would assuredly come in handy later, when the shit hit the fan, as it undoubtedly has.  From its inception on K Street, the Tea Party was never anything more than a quickly-concocted re-branding effort to dupe the rubes for the hundredth time, and at least at first, it worked.  Unfortunately for its creators though, the reliable authoritarians like Joe Miller of Alaska, famous for detaining journalists, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, famous for opposing sex, especially for others, and Sharron Angle, famous for being a bigoted nincompoop, all lost.  The ones who won are something of a mixed bag, that is if your model of government is, as it is for most establishment Republicans, Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt.

Tellingly, Paul, in his speech above (culled from his own youtube channel…) was at pains to point out that there were several other amendments in the Bill of Rights, besides just the all-hallowed Second, and some of those might require at least a look-see every so often.  That part probably went over like a fart in church at Dick Cheney’s house, and best of all, it was intended to.  A respectable 26 other Republicans joined 2/3 of Democrats and voted with Paul not to renew the so-called Patriot Act’s most repressive provisions, but I’m betting none of them took to the intertubes to publicize it.

Admittedly, lil’ Rand looks a bit silly in his mock turtle getup standing before crappy scenery, but what he had to say was braver and (gasp) smarter than anything I’ve heard from almost anyone from either party, since 9/11 “changed everything” so much for the worse.  If kooky teabaggers are the only thing standing between us and the new bipartisan “consensus” in favor of unaccountable executive power and the authoritarianism it inevitably produces, I’m all for it.  And if Rand Paul is the only one speaking up, I’ll take him, albeit reluctantly and wearing a blindfold.  (And earplugs, if he’s a talker….  that voice is too much.)  Politics indeed makes strange bedfellows…


  1. The Heel says:

    wow, I must say, he really says something logically conclusive and smart. I sure wish the tea party was more rebellious (like the name suggests) and less retarded.

    This country needs choices in politics. But I am afraid it doesn’t hurt enough, yet. Maybe in another decade or two….

  2. avelna says:

    Better than nothing, the problem being that, like others of his ilk, he’s only concerned about certain rights which appeal to him, unlike say women’s reproductive rights. Ya take what you can get, I guess.

  3. Ché Pasa says:

    Li’l Rand is a little late to the party.

    That 4th Amendment cow is already long out of the barn. He can initiate all the discussions he wants, for as long as he wants, just like his daddy can prate on endlessly about abolishing the Fed and going back to the gold standard, but going back to the way things used to be ain’t gonna happen. (I say with perfect certainty… as my Predictor Glasses fog up for the umpteenth time).

    A discussion needs to happen. What kind of country do we want? I’d much rather not have such a discussion led by neo-Confederates though. Even if they’re the only ones who want to talk about it.

    I know. That makes me an elitist. Probably a communist too.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I think your predictor glasses are working just fine…. The Surveillance State is already up and running.
      Of course you’re an elitist and probable commie, Che, otherwise you’d be over at RedState with the Real Americans.