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Et Tu, Rand Paul?

Senator Rand Paul sat at the table next to mine at an event a year ago. Since we had not met, I went over and introduced myself. My wife had her picture taken with him.

While we hadn't met in person, I had spoken with Rand Paul on the phone once, in 2010 when I rolled up my shirt sleeves to help raise money for his Senate race in Kentucky.  

I have always agreed to help the Ron Paul campaign in any way I can. Some of the activists tell me that I am the first person to promote Ron Paul's presidency on national television. That was back in 2007, in the opening days of the first campaign. I remember wondering as I was driving to the studio for the interview that day how I was going to be able to work in a mention of Ron Paul, since it was completely off the topic of the show. But in the last minute I was able to work in my plug. And I have sung his praises on national TV many times since.  

I championed Ron Paul for years on my on radio show, dating back even before the campaigns. I have lost count of the number of times over the years I have hosted, co-hosted, or been a guest on Ron Paul Moneybombs, those powerful online campaign fundraising telethons.

Although few, there have been others I have helped in the same way. Peter Schiff, when he ran for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, is one.

Twice I was asked to host a Rand Paul Moneybomb, one time on his father's birthday. Out of respect for Ron Paul, I agreed. Once.

But by the time the next opportunity came around a few weeks later, I declined. Senate candidate Rand Paul was already making strange, new bedfellows. A headline at Salon.com put it this way:  "Rand Paul cozies up to the neocons."  In a piece called "Rand's secret rendezvous," a writer for The American Conservative was just as astonished at the news that Rand Paul was currying favor with discredited champions of the Iraq war like Bill Kristol: 

… I am curious as to why Rand would bother to meet such people. They currently hold no office in government. Kristol's Weekly Standard magazine was worth peanuts on the open media market and all of their views and knowledge of foreign policy should have been utterly discredited after the debacle in Iraq. Why would a man presumably on a victory lap in his election feel the need to meet with people who have no discernible power, have been made to look like fools and who tried to keep him from getting nominated during the primary last spring?

But as Lew Rockwell said in a recent interview, Rand is not a copy of his dad. He has his own views. So the second time I was asked to help, I couldn't bring myself to pitch in.

It seems to a lot of Ron Paul supporters that Senator Paul has been just a little too eager to see his father leave the Republican presidential field, especially since Ron Paul's popularity was growing exponentially. In May came the announcement that shocked the faithful: The Ron Paul campaign was being suspended in the remaining primary states. It was a wholly unnecessary announcement since the campaign, the devoted workers, its social media activists, and even the fundraising were all largely a bottom-up effort. At the grassroots level, the Ron Paul Revolution was just getting started.  

The news deflated the movement. Immediately there was speculation that the ham-handed announcement was engineered by Rand Paul who didn't want to be tainted by the expected defeat of his father by Mitt Romney in the Kentucky Republican presidential primary just days away.  

Whether or not that was so, it was followed by the unhappy conjunction of events last week. On Wednesday, Ron Paul alerted his followers that he didn't have enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination. Since that was not news it shouldn't have merited an announcement, but, once it was made, it was followed lickety-split by Rand Paul appearing Thursday on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, a venue notoriously disrespectful of Ron Paul and his supporters. It was there Rand Paul announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney.

What exactly was the hurry?  Could we wait for hundreds of hard-working and devoted Ron Paul delegates to have a vote at the convention first?  Could we wait for the body to get cold?

Apparently not. Bill Kristol has been bragging recently about purging anti-war elements from the Republican Party. "I'd be happy if Ron Paul left," he said. Now it's Mitt Romney's party and the bankrupting global military empire that has done so much to shatter the American dream will go unchecked.

Rand Paul apologists argue earnestly that his endorsement of Mitt Romney is a clever strategic move. It is politically expedient, they say. Clever it may have been, but clever can't compete with wise. And expediency can't compare with sound principles.

Ron Paul didn't achieve his following by doing what was politically expedient. He didn't ignite the enthusiasm of people across the land because he was ambitious. He didn't inspire a movement by seeking strategies to advance his career.

Ron Paul set new armies of freedom champions marching, not because he is clever, but because he is wise.

He did it by standing on principal.  

Ron Paul leaves office in January. His supporters are not confused by cleverness. Nor are we distracted by expediency. We know there is no anti-war, sound money, liberty movement successor in Washington who can take his place.
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Comment by Joseph Vanderville
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Talking about RESPECT? You must be kidding me!

It is quixotic to say that Rand Paul respects his father's followers. As the New Hampshire newspaper described them, they are Ron Paul’s supporters from the "lunatic fringe". It is because of that why Rand Paul obviously does not only disrespect them but also politically detest them.

Their agenda is toxic to the Republican Party, and Rand Paul is working hard to make the Republicans win the 2012 election. My take is, in Rand Paul’s mind, if the GOP wants to win, those followers must be expurgated from the campaign trail otherwise Romney will definitely lose to Obama.

What Ron Paul and his followers want, i.e., turn the country into an economy without a Central Bank, without an income tax, abolish IRS and the Feds, turn this country into a virtual recluse by withdrawing from the United Nations and world affairs, among many others, [WEIRD] is exactly what the GOP is against. Thus people hardly know that the GOP and Ron Paul are virtually mortal enemies that cannot be together in the same cage, like the King Cobra and the Mongoose are, respectively. They will naturally eliminate each other.

You see, if Republican Rand Paul has any respect at all of his Libertarian in extremis Dad and rabid followers [from the "lunatic fringe", and mind you this quote is not my words], he would not have crushed them with his boot like roaches [this is how followers feel] by endorsing Romney, thus badly hurting his father and his father’s peculiar if not bizarre cause.

Let’s be honest and accept the fact that what Ron Paul and followers want about America is exactly what the American people reject as something BIZZARE – an abominable oddity they will never allow to happen [Ron Paul is "unelectable" presidential candidate, says MSM].

Even the version of "freedom" they believed is weird, i.e. the "freedom" to drink unpasteurized milk [delivered in one of Ron Paul’s public speeches] and spread an epidemic of the disease caused by Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria, and the "freedom" of terrorist to kill, with the right of captured terrorist suspects to "due process". Note that NDAA had taken away from captured terrorist suspects the right to "due process" which they are now fighting against with gnashing teeth and flying crossbones!

Does Rand Paul respect his father? In the family, the answer is yes, but in politics, NO – not at all. Rand is a Republican, and also an active member of the Republican Party. He is very much aware that the Republican Party has nothing to do with Ron Paul. It is not impossible for Rand to think that his father is some kind of a painful appendix that must be politically excised if not quickly removed from the Republican campaign. You can probably imagine how Ron Paul was treated by the GOP hierarchy badly in the primaries. GOP was seeing to it that Ron Paul would never win the nomination.

All of these you must know. And if you know … like me, you will never be surprised why Rand Paul POLITICALLY despised his father by endorsing Romney.

But these can never be said in words – only by action. As a politician, I expected that Rand Paul has to do what he needs to do, and must do.

Comment by William Fairburn
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 It is principle, not principal that one stands on. Unless, of course, one is very wealthy.

Comment by Nick carfone
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After pulling a Ross Perot  by Dr. Ron Paul and son, the only choice for the American people who believe in the Constitution of the United States is the Constitution Party and Virgil Goode is who I am supporting now.

Comment by Ann wws
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Well - I was stunned at the speed at which RAND raced to endorse Mitt Romney against whom his father had but hours earlier been trying to beat.   Rand had to problem USING the Tea Party folks to gain himself a Senate seat.  And,  now like so many spoiled,  greedy,  self centered children he seems to want to advance his career off of the career and principles of his father, Ron Paul.  One sees this kind of self serving, spoiled behavior from many adult children who lack the skills and wisdom of their parents attempt to dovetail on the parents' reputation.  Rand is no Ron.  The apple did fall far from the apple tree.  

So what happened?  Did Rand Paul betray the Tea Party folks?  Probably.  Did he behave shockingly or out of character?  Well,  probably not.  As Rand Paul has since stated "I am SUPPORTING   MY   PARTY".  There ya' have it in a nutshell.  Rand Paul is purely a Republican party player.  

My guess is that Rand Paul falsely assumed that he could pull over the Ron Paul faithful because of his family name and built up a Kennedy political dynasty.    But the followers of Ron Paul are not Democratic sheep but were supporting Ron Paul because of principles.  RAND Paul, I believe,  made a grave error in judgment,  showed a lack of understanding and respect for those who supported his father,  and as yet to grasp the core understanding that CHARACTER matters not just "winning at all cost".