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      by Published on 04-22-2014 07:45 PM

      Buckley’s Realist Foreign Policy
      Is there no room for his views in today’s conservative camp?

      By Sen. Rand Paul
      APRIL 22, 2014 1:00 PM

      The knives are out for conservatives who dare question unlimited involvement in foreign wars.

      Foreign policy, the interventionist critics claim, has no place for nuance or realism. You are either for us or against us. No middle ground is acceptable. The Wilsonian ideologues must have democracy worldwide now and damn all obstacles to that utopia. I say sharpen your knives, because the battle once begun will not end easily.

      Conservatives who want to read libertarian conservatives out of the movement should re-read some old copies of National Review first.

      From Frank Meyer to William F. Buckley Jr. to George Will — indeed to Ronald Reagan — there is a strain of libertarianism endemic to conservatism.

      Meyer, in fact, averred that conservatism needed a dose of libertarianism. He argued that traditional conservatism actually comes out a bit stale without a twist of freedom. Virtue needs a dash of liberty to refresh and excite the populace.

      On foreign policy, even National Review’s founder William F. Buckley Jr. occasionally expressed views today’s NRO writers might find heretical.

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      by Published on 04-22-2014 04:49 PM

      By John McCormick
      Apr 22, 2014 1:53 PM ET

      U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, called for expanded school choice for poor and minority children while visiting President Barack Obama’s Democrat-dominated hometown of Chicago.

      “We’ve been trying the same thing in education for 50 to 100 years,” Paul said today. “Education, particularly in our big cities, has been a downward spiral, so I think just throwing more money at the problem hasn’t fixed the problem.”

      It’s the latest venue the Kentucky lawmaker, a favorite of the limited-government Tea Party movement, has picked in the past year to try to showcase himself as a different kind of Republican as he pushes his party to grow beyond its base.

      He spoke last year at historically black Howard University in Washington, to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and at the Detroit Economic Club, where he argued for “economic freedom zones” for blighted urban areas. He also called for income-tax cuts to a flat 5 percent in areas with unemployment more than 1.5 times the national average.

      Minority and urban voters overwhelmingly backed Obama in the 2012 election, and Republicans have been searching for ways to blunt the Democratic advantage with both blacks and Hispanics, the fastest-growing segment of the electorate.

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      by Published on 04-21-2014 12:44 PM

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      • Sen. Rand Paul explains why he believes a nuclear Iran is not a threat to the US, Israel
      by Published on 04-21-2014 11:06 AM

      April 21, 2014 12:35 PM ET

      For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. And he's been showing up in some unexpected — for a Republican — venues, including historically black colleges.

      It's stirred an unusual degree of curiosity about the freshman Kentucky senator — and 2016 GOP presidential prospect — among the Democratic Party's most reliable voting bloc.

      "He's a different voice in the arena that we don't traditionally hear," says Lorraine Miller, acting head of the NAACP, who expects to invite Paul to speak at the organization's July national conference in Las Vegas.

      "He's an engaging guy – that's why we want to talk to him," Miller says.
      Miller is not the only black leader who has been intrigued by Paul, whose father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, had three unsuccessful presidential runs and amassed a fervent Libertarian following.

      Her predecessor, Benjamin Jealous, has previously hailed Paul's position on reforming drug and sentencing laws, which disproportionately affect African American individuals and families. And Jealous has pointedly noted that while an NAACP poll last year showed that a majority of African Americans believe that Republicans "don't care at all about civil rights," about 14 percent indicated they would vote for a GOP candidate if he or she were committed to civil rights.

      by Published on 04-21-2014 12:25 AM

      written by ron paul
      sunday april 20, 2014

      The nation’s attention has for the past few weeks been riveted by a standoff in Nevada between armed federal agents and the Bundys, a ranching family who believe the federal government is exceeding its authority by accessing “fees” against ranchers who graze cattle on government lands. Outrage over the government's use of armed agents to forcibly remove the Bundys’ cattle led many Americans to travel to Nevada to engage in non-violent civil disobedience in support of the family.

      The protests seem to have worked, at least for now, as the government appears to have backed off from direct confrontation. Sadly, some elected officials have inflamed the situation by labeling the Bundys and their supporters “domestic terrorists,” thus justifying any future use of force by the government. That means there is always the possibility of another deadly Waco-style raid on the Bundys or a similar group in the future.

      In a state like Nevada, where 84 percent of the land is owned by the federal government, these types of conflicts are inevitable. Government ownership of land means that land is in theory owned by everyone, but in practice owned by no one. Thus, those who use the land lack the incentives to preserve it for the long term. As a result, land-use rules are set by politicians and bureaucrats. Oftentimes, the so-called “public” land is used in ways that benefit politically-powerful special interests.

      by Published on 04-20-2014 10:01 AM

      April 19, 2014

      EDMONTON — After responding to an audience question about Medicare reform and calling for "tough love," Rand Paul laughed at the suggestion that he better "be ready to duck."

      Heeding a recent lesson from another potential 2016 presidential contender — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — Paul gripped the sides of the podium and moved his head and shoulders from side to side. "You notice I'm pretty agile," Paul said to laughs. "I'm looking for shoes."

      While Clinton quite literally dodged a shoe thrown at her earlier this month, Paul has in recent weeks seen a metaphorical Payless showroom thrown at him as critics to his right and left step up their attacks, both putting Paul in the hot seat and erasing any remaining doubt about whether Kentucky's junior senator is a serious candidate for 2016.

      After a string of positive news and a rocket ride to front-runner status at least seven months — and probably longer — before he would make any kind of official announcement, Paul has in the last few weeks felt the harsh lights of the spotlight that come with his preseason number one ranking.

      Reporters' inboxes are increasingly filled with press releases targeting Paul's record and remarks from Democratic groups, including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a video tracker from the pro-Clinton group American Bridge films his events when he does swings through the state, and hawkish establishment Republicans have launched an all-out media blitz to damage Paul as foreign policy has retaken a top spot in the national dialogue.

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      by Published on 04-18-2014 06:09 PM

      Rand Paul’s Winning Presidential Ticket Is All In The “Jeans”

      by David Brody
      Friday, April 18, 2014 7:31 PM

      Let’s be clear: Anyone who thinks Rand Paul can’t win the GOP nomination for President of the United States is foolish. He can. And if he wins, his “jeans” will be the reason. The jeans symbolize something that no other potential candidate for president possesses. Let’s explore.

      You see, Rand Paul likes to wear jeans. While other politicians are wearing a suit and tie, Paul is different. At the recent CPAC event, all the other politicians went with the traditional look. Not Paul. Jeans were in order. Some conservative commentators were upset. Peggy Noonan remarked that, “it’s not unusual for a man to wear jeans with a tie and jacket. They look like happy farmers, or cable TV anchors whose desks don’t show their legs. That being said, could we not wear grown-up suits when we are running for high office?” But Noonan fails to grasp the deeper meaning.

      Rand Paul’s choice of leg attire represents something. Whether the Senator from Kentucky knows it or not, it’s his calling card to say he’s unique, different and a trendsetter within the Republican Party. His libertarian, “genes” are represented in those blue jeans. What we are witnessing is a man who has no desire to use the same tired old GOP playbook that’s been trotted out for decades. He’s creating a new playbook and trying to create a new, younger, more diverse GOP voting constituency.

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      by Published on 04-18-2014 08:57 AM

      They’re out to get him

      by Justin Raimondo
      April 18, 2014

      The war is on – no, not that war, this war: I’m talking about the GOP establishment’s war on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign has taken wing and soared. And it isn’t just the Karl Roves and Peter Kings of this world who are up in arms over the prospect of an anti-interventionist libertarian in the White House: they’re getting plenty of tactical support from "liberals" like David Corn.

      Why do they hate him?

      The Rovians hate him because he challenges the whole Fox News-neocon right-wing paradigm that has kept the GOP a dwindling minority party ever since the Bush era ended with a whimper. The progressives hate him because he is the most likely candidate – at the moment – to be facing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they know they’ll have a hard time selling a candidate who still refuses to second guess her 2003 vote for the Iraq war. So the two groups have a common enemy – which, in politics, is enough to cement a working alliance between two supposedly antithetical forces.

      Of course they aren’t really antithetical: while Establishment Republicans and Establishment Democrats duke it out every election, it’s not an ideological fight so much as a battle for the spoils. And when it comes to foreign policy, "politics stops at the water’s edge," as that old reprobate Arthur Vandenberg used to say: left and right are united for the Empire.

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