June 13, 2012

Not surprisingly, a preponderant majority of readers do not favor Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s decision to support the seasoned globalist Mitt Romney’s presidential bid or Paul’s decision to work inside the Republican Party.

photoPoll was posted on June 12, 2012. We expect a larger response in the days ahead.

Following the announcement last week and a tsunami of negative feedback in response, the younger Paul has attempted to defend the fateful decision.

“Senator Paul asked his supporters and supporters of his father to be reasonable rather than reactionary as the liberty movement goes forward. He also challenged liberty lovers to participate in the political process rather than stay on the sidelines,” writes Kevin Kervick.

The Libertarian Party wasted little time excoriating Paul: “No true libertarian, no true friend of liberty, and no true blue Tea Partier could possibly even consider, much less actually endorse or approve of, the Father of Obamacare, Big Government tax and spender, Republican Mitt Romney,” a statement exclaimed.

Libertarians and other supporters who assumed Rand would reflect the philosophy of his father were outraged by the obvious betrayal and complained that “many of his fund-raising appeals were sent to the donors and supporters of his father…. designed to convince Ron’s supporters that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That Rand was, like his legendary father, a steadfast champion of liberty.”

Paul told Peter Schiff in a radio interview that his endorsement was strictly political. “In order for him to get support during his Senate bid in 2010, Paul had to convince his potential backers that he was a Republican and would back the GOP presidential nominee, which his father did not do in 2008. Paul also notes, though not in these words, that it’s a little absurd to cast him aside as a traitor when he is part of the liberty movement and push our issues in the Senate,” writes Jason Pye for United Liberty.

Rand Paul’s explanation is weak at best. His chameleon act – pretending to be a dyed-in-the-wool statist Republican in order to advance libertarian ideals – will not fly and will certainly not fool the establishment. Liberty is anathema to both establishment parties and will not be tolerated if he refuses to embrace the fold.

Unfortunately, Rand Paul is merely another statist Republican who pandered to the Tea Party (now little more than a cheering section for the state) and libertarians in order to get their support.

It remains to be seen if his career will survive.

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