A Convenient Case of Selective Amnesia.
By George Harvey, guest blogger.
Recent heightened tensions in Israel have given cause to much debate in the U.S. Sides are becoming polarized on the issues surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict, with some advocating U.S. aid to Israel and others reprimanding Israel’s stance and reaction towards Palestinians. And, as is the case with such issues, there are still more who seem to be incapable of developing a firm position by which to stand.
Sen. Rand Paul looks to be the latest Stupidparty advocate who insists on rewriting his own history……
A member of the higher echelons of the Stupidparty, Sen. Paul has considerable libertarian leanings, courtesy of his more staunchly libertarian father, that dictate his stance towards aid to other countries. However, he seems to feel the need to put such stances on hold when dealing with the complexity of the Israel-Palestine conflict. One may pose the question “Why?” as to Paul’s sudden shift in position. The answer, it seems, is more tied into a political need to preserve his own future favor with the public than a personal shift in his foreign policy. An expected contender for the 2016 presidential elections, Paul has been making the rounds in Iowa lately for a campaigning tour. As a member of the Stupidparty with libertarian leanings, Paul has come under fire in the past from fellow Stupidpartiers who opposed his stance on foreign aid. His recent flip-flop could not be more transparent as an attempt to gain the support of the larger Stupidparty crowd by changing his views towards aid to Israel.
Flip-flopping on issues is not uncommon amongst either party, even when it is used to gain future political security amongst voters. However, there is a fine line (albeit, a boldly drawn one) between admittedly changing one’s position, and changing one’s position while at the same time denying one’s position had ever been different in the first place. Supporting aid to Israel goes against every grain of his libertarian philosophy, and we now know that his “intellectual integrity” being the only bankable asset Rand Paul (and his dad Ron) has ever had, is now up for sale. Politifact.com offered its own verdict on the Rand Paul Stupidparty blunder, saying: “Paul is free to change his position, but saying he never held the position in the first place is flatly contradicted by his past statements and documents.” Congratulations Mr. Paul, for perpetuating an already spiraling whirlpool of Stupidparty deceitful contradictions. But hey, at least voters will be happy.
Rand Paul lied about having a biology degree – in fact he never graduated from Baylor College.
Rand Paul’s Ayn Randian philosophy takes on a whole new dynamic when you consider the consequences of what happens when you actually practice what you preach in not believing anything should be regulated:
Libertarian ideology rejects most of the modern regulatory systems that protect consumers, because everyone should be responsible for determining whether the hamburger contains E. coli on his own. But does that do-it-yourself dogma apply to the regulation of medicine, too? If you’re Dr. Rand Paul, practicing ophthalmologist, the answer is emphatically yes.
According to an amusing story in today’s Louisville Courier-Journal, the Kentucky Republican Senate candidate bills himself as a “board-certified” physician even though he is not actually certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology — the only recognized body that certifies doctors in his specialty.
Paul’s only certification was provided instead by something called the National Board of Ophthalmology, which is very convenient because he operates that organization himself. Systems that protect consumers, because everyone should be responsible for determining whether the hamburger contains E. coli on his own. But does that do-it-yourself dogma apply to the regulation of medicine, too? If you’re Dr. Rand Paul, practicing ophthalmologist, the answer is emphatically yes.
Rand Paul has many really beliefs that go beyond his infantile devotion to Ayn Rand. He happily spends a great deal of time with Alex Jones:
Jones has been the center of many controversies, including his controversial statements about gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 attacks and the filming of fake Moon landings to hide NASA‘s secret technology. He believes that government and big business have colluded to create a New World Order through “manufactured economic crises, sophisticated surveillance tech and—above all—inside-job terror attacks that fuel exploitable hysteria”. Jones describes himself as a libertarian and a paleoconservative.
New York magazine described Jones as “America’s leading conspiracy theorist”, and the Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America.”[15
Rand Paul has jumped on the Jones train wreck many many times including:
Martial Law. According to Media Matters, Rand Paul and Alex Jones agreed that the government might enforce mandatory vaccinations through declaring martial law.
9/11 Truther. One of Rand Paul’s staffers turned out to be a 9/11 Truther, arguably the worst of the worst. When confronted about the conspiracy theory, Rand Paul said there’s “truth on both sides.”