The 2016 Insane Clown Posse officially gained another entrant after Senator Rand Paul threw his hairpiece into the circus ring. After all, why should Ted Cruz be the only unelectable loon running? Okay, so maybe Rand Paul isn’t in the same galaxy of far-right lunacy as Ted Cruz, and does offer some politically palatable ideas and solutions. Senator Paul feels he can harness the same type of internet enthusiasm as his father did and appeal to younger voters with his libertarian bona fides, thus hopefully bringing the Republican party into the 21st century.
But while his dad, Ron Paul, might be the godfather of Libertarianism, Rand is certainly no Michael Corleone.
Here Are Four Major Libertarian Ideas That Rand Paul Opposes:
1. Rand Paul Opposes Abortion Rights and Sponsored Legislation Making All Abortions Illegal.
For the most part, Libertarians tend to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal; they don’t want government telling banks what to do (banks always do the right and just thing), but they unequivocally despise government infringing on their personal lives and dictating morality. But Senator Paul failed libertarianism 101 by strongly opposing abortion rights. In fact, he is a sponsor of “The Life at Conception Act,” an extreme piece of legislation that says, “human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore is entitled to legal protection from that point forward.”
2. Rand Paul Opposes Same-Sex Marriage and even finds it ‘Offensive.’
And here we find yet another instance where Rand Paul was either absent or sleeping during libertarianism 101. For Rand Paul, the government has no business telling notorious polluters and greedy corporations to maybe stop killing the planet, but the government should totally deny tax-paying adults the same right to be miserable.
Despite the fact that a majority of young republicans support same-sex marriage, Senator Paul said the idea of a equality “offends myself and a lot of people.” By a lot of people he really meant christofascists whose endorsements he’ll need. Paul also warned against the Republican party shifting its position on marriage equality, telling the NY Times, “If you tell people from Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia, ‘You know what, guys, we’ve been wrong, and we’re gonna be the pro-gay-marriage party,’ they’re… gonna stay home.”
3. Rand Paul Now Supports Huge Defense Spending.
Defense issue and foreign policy has actually been an area over which Rand Paul, like his father, have had a lot of clout. But despite previously breaking ties with the defense skanks in the Republican party that desire permawar and foreign intervention and demanding cuts to our bloated military budget, Senator Paul recently belied that position by proposing a $190 billion infusion to the defense budget over the next two years. A move that TIME called a “stunning reversal.”
4. Rand Paul Opposes The Legalization Of Marijuana. No, Really.
I’ve always said that the only president a Libertarian could be is High Times magazine, as they’re all about weed legalization. Well, now that legalization of weed is more mainstream and no longer an issue that your stoner friend repeats every second of the day, you would think that Rand Paul would be all over this like Rush Limbaugh at a codeine clinic. However, Senator Paul’s position on marijuana is “not to legalize them.” I
In fact, he said that smoking marijuana is “a bad thing to do.” Luckily, Paul stresses that penalties for drug use and possession should be reduced and supported a bill that promised states with medical marijuana that patients would not be federally prosecuted. But to be the poster boy for libertarianism and not support full-blown legalization is like being a pacifist that supports war.
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