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Palin endorsement a blow for Ron Paul supporters

In politics on February 4, 2010 at 4:42 am

On Monday, Sarah Palin endorsed Rep. Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky.

Ron Paul supporters everywhere are crying.

After all, it was the libertarians and Republican party deserters who gave Dr. Paul his momentum in 2008. The only thing Ron Paul supporters hated more than an interventionist foreign policy was, well, the Republican Party. And although Rand isn’t his father, they were probably hoping the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

I’ve had my doubts about Rand. Unlike his poorly spoken father, Rand is a politician — polished and poised. He’s less focused on “liberty” and more on being a “conservative” — something FOX News picked up on a long time ago. Rand, unlike his father, is a favorite of the network.

Perhaps to outsiders, the Palin endorsement appears to make sense. After all, Rand, like his father, is a member of the Republican Party. But Palin’s radical nationalism, socially conservative beliefs and war trumpeting all fly in direct contrast to the libertarian-leaning Ron Paul. Rand, on the other hand, seems to be catering more to the Tea-Party conservatives.

The Palin endorsement is just the latest in a series of red flags. Will Rand Paul follow in the politically unpopular footsteps of his father? Only time, and a win in Kentucky, will tell.

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Future of America vs. the establishment

In politics on November 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm

The Republican Party is a sinking ship. Or at least it will be it the not-so-distant future.

There is a major shift happening in the mind of the average Republican/conservative and it does not involve the agenda of the long-established party elite. Unless GOP leaders like Lindsey Graham and John McCain can devise a way to quickly makeover the image of the party of bailouts an war, its future doesn’t look so bright.

What these powerful men fail to realize, or refuse to realize, is that their out-of-date marketing model is dying with the generations that bought into it. The youth of today are less concerned about being a Republican and more concerned about the U.S. Constitution and the liberties it’s intended to protect.

Seventy-four-year-old Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), is more in-tune with America’s future than most young politicians. In a recent interview with CNN, Paul challenged the GOP establishment, suggesting that he and his followers are the future of conservatism:

“And one thing that nobody seems to pay attention to is that, why should they run us off? We’re the ones who reach the college kids, the young people, how many Republicans really reach the teenagers and the college kids? Those are the people that are gathering at our rallies and they have to ask why?

What are they going to do with the party pandering to the old, country club Republicans and acting like Democrats and bailout funds and tarp funds, and those kinds of things just won’t hold up for the Republican party. That’s why the Republican Party has been losing and we’re suggesting that they live up to what they profess to believe in.”

Hopefully, our friends leaning left and will similarly ditch their half of the archaic two-party model. It’s encouraging to watch the growing progressive movement, which seems to have convictions that transcend the Democratic Party.

If only the potheads and the gun rights people would get together, for liberty …