Son of Ron Paul
If one was not aware who was up at the podium speaking, they would only have to listen for a short time to discover who it is. But then at that point they could still be wrong and surprised that it isn't his father; they sure sound alike, and the intonation, and the gestures, and the unmistakable echo of freedom is the same. So need not to worry; like his father, he's not just another politician, he's the dude, as my hub page for his father. But then again, I'm not so sure. New things are coming to light. As he gets closer to actually campaigning and meeting with certain groups, the real Rand Paul emerges. And it's different than his Dad's views. Or was it because he has started to think about votes, and less about ideals. Or is he saying 'things' just to get in the White House, then change 'things' once he gets in? But these 'things' are libertarian ideals like his Dad's? It's a grand idea. The other Presidents did it, it's only fare.
Ron Paul, 80, ran for president twice as a Republican and once representing the Libertarian party. He earned 26,000 votes to claim third in the 2012 Iowa caucuses. After 23 years representing a chunk of Texas in Congress, he retired at the end of 2012. Paul is considered the father of the “liberty movement,” which espouses constitutional, limited government.
Rand Paul, 52, has sounded off on political issues for decades, campaigning for his father. The Kentucky eye surgeon has run for office himself just once — winning a U.S. Senate seat in November 2010 with the aid of anti-tax tea party voters. His popularity burgeoned after he staged a 13-hour filibuster to question the use of unmanned aircraft to perform targeted killings.
....And this is from Rand's website:
I will never, ever vote for a taxpayer bailout of a private industry. Whether it’s big banks, automakers, or any other industry — you succeed or fail on your own.
I will not vote for an unbalanced budget. I will not vote for a tax increase. Ever.
I will fight for new rules like a Balanced Budget Amendment and Term Limits.
I will not take ANYTHING off the table in the fight to balance the budget. Anyone who says something like they will “freeze non-defense discretionary spending” is blowing smoke at you and hoping you won’t notice. That would balance the budget — MAYBE — in about 80 years.
We have to keep our promises to seniors and keep our country strong, but every area has things that can be cut. Every agency has things that are duplicative or that could be done better or cheaper.
I will propose and force a vote on an Enumerated Powers Act, to force Congress to point to the part of the Constitution that justifies their bills.
I will fight for the Bill of Rights. Democrats often love the 4th amendment. Republicans the 2nd. I will fight for them all, which means fighting for your free speech, gun rights, and civil liberties. Laws that infringe on ANY of these make the federal government more powerful, and we cannot continue to allow that.
I will not allow our troops to be the world’s policeman, and I will force a vote on a Declaration of War if any President seeks to commit our military to battle.
What you’ve just read above is an agenda unlike any politician in the country. While solidly conservative, it also shows first, a great loyalty to the Constitution and to our freedom. You cannot fight for liberty while voting for bills that embolden the state. You cannot fight for some of our founding rights without others. And you cannot enable change in Washington by sending the same old people there.
....but this is what he said,
“I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist,” Paul began in his opening remarks at the Heritage Foundation.
Paul called for a balanced approach to foreign policy that includes both significant action against radical Islam but also shunned the neoconservative and interventionist strains that dominated the Republican Party for the past decade and which his father, Ron Paul, campaigned vehemently against.
Then Rand Paul Said, “To some, ‘libertarian’ scares people,” he said. “Some of them come up to me and they say, ‘I kind of like you, but I don’t like legalizing heroin.’ And I say, ‘Well, that’s not my position.’ ”
Paul said he believes in freedom and wants a “virtuous society” where people practice “self-restraint.” Yet he believes in laws and limits as well. Instead of advocating for legalized drugs, for example, he pushes for reduced penalties for many drug offenses.
“I’m not advocating everyone go out and run around with no clothes on and smoke pot,” he said. “I’m not a libertarian. I’m a libertarian Republican. I’m a constitutional conservative.”
Who is Rand Paul?
In 'The Tea Party Goes to Washington' the newly elected senator and self-described constitutional conservative explains why his party has to stand by its limited government rhetoric and why the federal government must be stuffed back into its constitutional box. Given the problems our nation faces, these are not mere suggestions, but moral imperatives.
Rand Howard Paul (born January 7, 1963) is an American ophthalmologist and politician who describes himself as a "constitutional conservative".He is the third child of Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. Paul is the chairman and founder of Kentucky Taxpayers United.
Paul announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat currently held by retiring Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky in August 2009. He won the party's primary on May 18, 2010 by 23.4% over his closest opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who won endorsements from establishment Republicans.
Rand Paul was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, to Carol Wells Paul and Ron Paul, a US Air Force flight surgeon who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976. Paul's parents married in 1957, and Paul was born six years later. He has four siblings: Ronnie, Lori, Robert, and Joy.As a child, his family moved from Pittsburgh to San Antonio in 1965, eventually settling in Surfside Beach, Texas in 1968. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and obtained an M.D. at his father's alma mater, Duke University School of Medicine.Dr. Paul completed a general surgery internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. Upon completion of his training in 1993, Rand and Kelley moved to Bowling Green to start their family and begin his ophthalmology practice.
Paul currently owns a private ophthalmology practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He first worked at the Graves-Gilbert Clinic in Kentucky, but eventually established his own clinic in December 2007.Paul specializes in corneal transplants, glaucoma surgery, and LASIK,and began offering sutureless DSEK corneal transplantation in 2007.
As a member of the Bowling Green Noon Lions Club,Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic to help provide eye surgery and exams for those with no health insurance coverage, or who are living on a minimum wage.He is a regular presenter at the annual Men's Health and Safety Day conference held by The Medical Center of Bowling Green since 1998.In recognition of Rand Paul's sustained efforts to provide vision care to Kentuckians in need, Lions Clubs International has awarded Rand many of its highest commendations, including the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services, Lion of the Year Award, Bowling Green Lions President’s Award, Fines E. Davis Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Service, and Governors Appreciation Award for Sight Conservation.
In addition to his work with the Lions Clubs, Dr. Paul has provided free eye surgery to children from around the world through his participation in the Children of the Americas Program.
Paul is a critic of the Federal Reserve,the USA PATRIOT Act,the federal government's bailout of Wall Street, and the erosion of civil liberties.He supports significantly smaller government and balanced budgets, and opposes the Department of Education, the war in Iraq,and the federal income tax.He encourages legislators to pledge not to raise taxes,and fought the plan to raise hotel taxes in Kentucky in 2000.He is also supportive of term limits for politicians, a balanced budget amendment, and establishing the Read the Bills Act.Paul is also involved in health care reform.In a 2007 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, he wrote that "true reform would require an infusion of ethics, something that can't be taught or purchased".
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oh by the way
Jacob Sullum|Sep. 17, 2013 11:23 am
During a community meeting in a mostly black neighborhood of Louisville yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pressed his case for sentencing reform. "We went crazy on the War on Drugs," he said. "We have people in jail for life for nonviolent drug crimes. I think this is a crime in and of itself."