02-09-2017, 11:22 AM
I'm depending on Rand Paul to bring people like Sessions and Trump up to date on issues like civil asset forfeiture and marijuana.
What was the likelihood that Trump was ever going to appoint someone who agrees with us on such issues? I'd guess none whatsoever. Meanwhile, Sessions has stood by the Constitution on some other issues - much more so than anyone a democrat would prefer.
When the time comes, I have every expectation that Rand will stand up and fight for changes - putting a realistic face on drug use - as opposed to the lazy/hippy/criminal stereotypes from the 70's, which old man Sessions probably still has in his head.
While Trump's recent comments about civil asset forfeiture were awful, he appeared to believe it is something used primarily against drug cartels. This makes me doubt he has any idea how often civil asset forfeiture has been abused for profit, used against ordinary people who can't fight back regardless of innocence. We all know there are hundreds (at least!) of instances Rand could site to drive home this point and It will be up to him to ensure that the truth is exposed and help make the case against it's constitutionality.
When Rand argues against bad policies, I surmise that competing arguments (and votes) will not break down along typical party lines. He will have reliable Republicans on his side and possibly, all or most Democrats (seeing as most dems will only care about demonstrating how anti-Sessions or anti-Trump they are ;)).