DeMint Suddenly Concerned With Rand Paul’s Positions
One would think that people like DeMint, Palin and Erick at Redstate who so often claim to support people on principles and positions would take the time to fully understand same as regards the people they endorse, wouldn't one? Evidently DeMint never quite got around to it. Paul isn't simply wrong here, he's being ideologically pure and purely Libertarian stupid politically. And the issues extend far beyond race.
DeMint, who endorsed Paul in the Kentucky Senate primary, flatly stated that he supports the 1964 Civil Rights Act, adding, "I'm going to talk to Rand about his positions."
Given his endorsement, how does that differ so much from voting on a bill one hasn't read? On merit, it doesn't.
Paul believes, as many conservatives believe, that the government should ban bias in all of its institutions but cannot intervene in the policies of private businesses.
Hey, you want to import lead-painted toys from China? Go for it. Your bad, because you'll go bankrupt after enough children get sick, mentally ill, or die. Great. Ghetto kids can now go back to eating lead-based paint chips, it's Independence Day!!
Should government be regulating food? Why bother. Once people figure out your burgers are horse meat, or contain harmful bacteria, they'll go to Burger King, instead.
Redstate and others repeatedly lied in saying that Paul is a Conservative, when at best he might be considered a throw back paleo-con. But actually he's a Libertarian, an ideology that has never formed a working formula for governing a contemporary society. And in my opnion, they and DeMint put winning an inside the beltway battle over the greater good. If it seems harsh to say they were lying, think of the alternative? If they weren't, then they're simply stupid, along with never bothering to consider the consequences for the party, as a whole.
Contemporary conservatives long ago came to embrace the need for a civil society because man is not perfect. Left to their own devices, whether for greed, or evil, or whatever, some portion of the population will attempt to exploit others for profit and benefit. America long ago decided it didn't want that on race and a host of other issues. Like it, or not, the battle is a nuanced one today. Oh, but Rand Paul's too big a man for such trival things. But when your response is, I won't support repealing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, you've already lost the debate, because you've lost control of it. This is not the discussion we need to be having today.
Harkening back to some version of America that doesn't and will never exist is a sort of fool's gold of ideological purity that might get you through one primary, but now we have to deal with the potential damage to the entire Republican brand. We had Obama and the statist agenda in the cross-hairs. In Paul, the Left has precisely what they wanted – an anti-Obama, if you will. And I don't mean that in a good way. But there's a good chance this idiot in Kentucky is going to become the poster boy against which all Republicans will be judged.
I was there for DeMint on Rubio, DeVore and wanted us to take out McCain, because we all know he's enemy number one to conservatives. Score wins on those three and conservatives win and send a message. I gave Lee a pass, because he seemed reasonable. But they didn't even manage to get him across the finish line. And McCain gets a free pass, along with help from guest posters at Redstate. What kind of deal was that for conservatives? Frankly, it sucked. And I said so at the time.
But that wasn't the whole deal the DC conservative establishment wanted, I assume because it didn't hurt McConnell enough. So, it had to be on to Kentucky, where only Daddy Ron's national network, not DeMint, or Redstate, was enough to put him over the top. I drew a line in the sand because the potential damage from Paul far outweighed any benefit of weakening McConnell. But that wasn't enough for DeMint and the crew out here that marches in lock-step with him.
And now they'll come running back to the establishment they so hate for effort and money that, even if it saves Paul, will be wasted, as it could have been better spent somewhere else. As I believe conservatism is about the balance of rights and responsibilities, I'm invoking the you broke it, you bought it policy here.
Let Palin, DeMint and Erick get on a plane and go win Kentucky. Paul was a dumb choice in the primary and he remains a dumb choice now, win or lose. Because even if he gets to DC, he'll be holding candle-light vigils with that other idiot Adam Kokesh. Once the Left gets done shoring up their base against Paul with the race card, no doubt that and more is coming, too.
But do let me know how all that hopey changey stuff is working out for ya, guys! Because even if Paul wins, conservatives lose when it comes to governing philosophy and on a host of issues Paul hid behind the tenth amendment on, more often than a white collar criminal invokes the Fifth. The dirty little secret is, the myopic eye doctor doesn't have a workable governing philosophy applicable at the federal level at which he's running to serve.