Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul,  GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, says he will vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Paul cites her positions on drone strikes, executive amnesty and her “track-record of violating the individual freedoms granted to us by our Constitution.”

Um, if Loretta Lynch was truly guilty of “violating the individual freedoms” afforded to individuals under the Constitution, would she still be practicing law? I don’t think so. As usual, Rand Paul is out the periphery of sound reason.

Rand Paul Tweets Photo Getting Booster Shot After Ridiculous Vaccination Comment

Rand Paul Backtracks on Vaccination Comment, Tweets Photo Getting Booster Shot

Rand Paul Backtracks on Vaccination Comment, Tweets Photo Getting Booster Shot (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Sen. Rand Paul was blasted for saying some vaccinations should not be mandatory and that parents “own children” not the “state.” Um, guess who took a photo getting his booster shot? GOP presidential hypocrite Dr. Rand Paul. One problem, the liberal media didn’t twist what he said…

Here’s the response on Twitter:

Rand Paul: Parents “Own” the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary

Rand Paul: Parents "Own" the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary

Rand Paul: Parents “Own” the Children, Most Vaccinations Should Be Voluntary (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says parents own children and not the state, therefore vaccinations should be voluntary. How incredibility reckless for a doctor to make such a comment.

As crazy as Sen. Rand Paul is, he seems to have outdone himself this time:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doubled down on his position that most vaccines should be voluntary, suggesting Monday that mandated immunization is an example of government overreach.

“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” “Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”

[…]

In a heated interview with CNBC host Kelly Evans, Paul expressed support for vaccination but bristled at the idea that it should be mandatory.

“I guess being for freedom would be really unusual,” he said sarcastically at the start of the exchange.

Paul also acknowledged hearing about cases in which healthy kids were left with “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated.

I guess the bigger question for me is, did Sen. Paul allow his kids to be vaccinated? Kinda sounds a lot like Rick Santorum saying President Obama was being “elitist” for suggesting every child in America should get a college education. That’s while Santorum had more than one degree.

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate”

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a "Terrible Candidate"

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential hopefuls, calling Mitt Romney a “terrible candidate,” but said he liked “Jeb Bush very much.” I think most people would agree with him on Mitt Romney, who has been running a presidential campaign for the last eight years and losing both.

Here’s his take on the GOP presidential hopefuls:

Rand Paul: “”I personally like Rand Paul very much and I am very impressed by his brain,” he said. Though he was skeptical about Paul’s foreign policy platform, “which is frankly a major issue,” he commended the Kentucky Senator for “campaigning on the theory that Washington is too big.”

“I think he will do well enough to move the debate,” Murdoch said. He added, “I don’t think he will win… I would be very surprised if he won the nomination.”

Murdoch also hit Romney for winning the nomination “by destroying every other Republican with his own money” and for failing to deflect criticism that he was “super rich.”

On Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t write off Chris Christie at all…. We will just see how he handles himself.”

On Scott Walker: “He will be an interesting candidate” (though he questioned his charisma.)

On Paul Ryan, who has said he will not run: “He’s only 44… [he has] plenty of time.”

And finally, Ted Cruz: “I’ve met [him], quite an experience,” Murdoch said to laughter. “He’s smart… [but there’s] a record of very questionable political judgment, so we will see.” Source: Politico

Um, as for Ted Cruz, I would love to see how the birther crowd will view his presidential campaign, since he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Er, doesn’t that mean he isn’t a natural born American? Of course, there are two standards…one for blacks and one for whites.

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama's Cuba Policy: "Probably a Good Idea"

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on President Obama’s Cuba policy. He said that starting trade with Cuba “is probably a good idea” and that the 50-year economic embargo against the Caribbean island “just hasn’t worked.”

“Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU in Huntington, WV, that many younger Cuban Americans support opening up trade with Cuba. He also said many U.S. farmers would back Obama’s moves because the country is a new market for their crops,” according to media reports.

Paul, a 2016 presidential hopeful, said the embargo “punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.” He added, “In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea.”

Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics

Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics

Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is slamming the Republican Party for making harder for blacks and Hispanics to vote. In other words, he’s saying, Republicans who support voter ID laws are engaging in racist behavior. Um, I never thought I would say it, but I share comedian Bill Maher’s sentiments on Rand Paul, I could vote for him, if he put together a great platform.

Paul blasted Republicans over the drug laws that “disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons,” Politico reports. He made the comments during a speech at the Liberty PAC conference.

“So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat,’” he said. “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”

“The bottom line is, we’re not winning,” he said. “…We’re not winning because, it’s pretty simple, we don’t have enough people in the group yet. The liberty movement has been more open to receiving people of all walks of life… I think we have been much more open, sometimes, than the Republican Party in general.”

He also skewered what he characterized as excessive use of force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, an incident that kicked off weeks of protests fueled by racial tensions.

For what it’s worth, he was associated with a nationalist, but Obama was associated with Bill Ayers at one point and many people didn’t really hold it against him. He went on to win in big numbers in 2008 and then won reelection in 2012. As I stated before, Rand Paul is rough around the edges, but if he packages himself right, and really believes what he’s saying, then he’s a far more credible Republican presidential candidate than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Sen. Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Role for Government in Voting Rights Act

Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Government Role in Voting Rights Act

Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Government Role in Voting Rights Act

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a potential 2016 presidential contender is now walking back his previous position on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He spoke at the National Urban League’s conference in Cincinnati on Friday, saying that he’s one of the good Republicans.

Sen. Rand Paul said, “Not only do I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, I’m a Republican who wants to restore a federal role for the government in the Voting Rights Act.”

Sounds like he’s walking back his previous claim that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a case of federal over-reach. If he cares so much about the Voting Rights Act, why didn’t he sign on as a co-sponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act that would help repair some of the damage the Supreme Court dealt when it obliterated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act? Sen. Paul was as quiet as a little mouse when SCOTUS gutted a portion of the VRA.

Let’s not forget while Sen. Rand Paul has said that some parts of the new requirements for voters, such as having photo ID, to cast a ballot are too strict, he hasn’t actually renounced the laws. Sounds to me like he’s trying to get the black vote by walking back a number of his positions that affect the black community. In other words, he’s laying the groundwork for 2016. Still, Rand Paul can’t run from his record and blacks shouldn’t be fooled by him.

Singer Cher tweeted “minorities beware” of Sen. Rand Paul for his position on the Civil Rights Act. She also tweeted that blacks were once not welcome at lunch counters during the Civil Rights era. She may have watched Rachel Maddow’s show before sending the tweet. Maddow reminded us of Sen. Paul’s objections to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when he first ran for the U.S. Senate:

Here’s Cher Twitter rant:

Cher Tells Minorities Beware of Sen. Rand Paul as 2016 Presidential Candidate

Cher Tells Minorities Beware of Sen. Rand Paul as 2016 Presidential Candidate

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs "Humbling Landslide Defeat"

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

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Sen. Rand Paul Pulls Race Card Over President Obama’s Lack of Concern Over NSA Spying

Sen. Rand Paul Pulls Race Card Over President Obama's Lack of Concern Over NSA Spying

Sen. Rand Paul Pulls Race Card Over President Obama’s Lack of Concern Over NSA Spying

Wow, nothing like a privileged white man telling a black man how he should think.  Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul invokes President Obama’s race to explain why he should have been more concerned about the National Security Agency spying on Americans.

In an interview with The New York Times, which was published on Wednesday, Sen. Paul said, “The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying.” 

Paul continued, “Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were spied upon.”“The possibility for abuse in this is incredible. So I don’t care if there’s never been any evidence of abuse with the N.S.A., they should not be collecting the data.”

This is the same guy who tried to rewrite the whole civil rights era during a speech at Howard University, which quickly became a PR nightmare.

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Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

Is Sen. Rand Paul a step closer to running for the White House? Changes have been made to legislation that would allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to run for Senate and president simultaneously. The bill now heads to committee in Kentucky state legislature on Thursday .

The bill specifies that a Kentuckian can be on the same ballot twice as long as one of those offices is president or vice president. State law now says no candidate can appear on the same ballot twice.

Thayer, R-Georgetown, told the Herald-Leader on Thursday morning that his committee substitute to Senate Bill 205 is modeled after a Wisconsin statute that allowed 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to run for both seats at the same time.

The bill is set for a hearing in the Senate State and Local Government Committee at noon.

The original version of the bill, which Thayer filed last week, said a candidate could appear on a ballot twice if one or both of the offices was federal. That raised concerns among some Republicans that the door would swing open for state lawmakers to run for re-election and U.S. Congress at the same time.

Adopting the Wisconsin statute, Thayer said, would eliminate that concern. Source: Kentucky.com

The 2016 presidential GOP clown car is filling up slowly but surely. Donkeys will fly if Rand Paul wins the White House.

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