Rand Paul: The Best Hope for Freedom in 2020

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Rand Paul isn’t a libertarian!” “He isn’t his father you know.” ”You got the wrong Paul there kiddo.” This is usually said with a sarcastic sneer that makes you want to field-goal kick the guy saying it right in the nards.

But, sadly, you then remember you’re a civilized human being and abide by the non-aggression principle (I just took a deep sigh as I typed that). It’s because it really is that depressing that more people don’t understand why Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is the liberty movement’s best option for 2020.

Yes Trump supporters, that means I am supporting a full blown primary on President Donald J. Trump for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States. So much so, in fact, that if the good Senator from the land of my favorite nectar wins said primary I will my vote and give my full blown support to him over whomever the nominee is for my party, the Libertarian Party – here is why!

Unless Larry Sharpe runs in 2020 I don’t think we really have anyone to run, from a marketing standpoint. And let’s face facts folks, marketing does, indeed, factor into politics (If you want advice on bad marketing, ask whoever ran Hillary Clinton’s marketing).

I mean maybe Clint Eastwood could, if he is still a member. Eric July; though I’m not sure if he is a member or interested. Bill Weld? (I am joking).

Rand Paul is marketable! The name recognition is what it is and at 80% agreement (a rough undereducated estimate not to be taken seriously) I believe we can work on the rest through more liberty minded members of Congress like Massie and Lee and, people who (in my opinion) are full-blown libertarians like Justin Amash.

In my experience from 2016, converting low-education (politically speaking) Bernie voters was done by showing overlap in votes between the two (back when Senator Paul was still in the race of course).

This also opens up people who have been previously opposed to libertarianism due to not knowing more then what media portrays; people not doing research as a result of this doesn’t help us either – again, due to marketing.

Either portrayed as haters of the poor or a cult of uninhibited gun-toting “potheads,” we don’t make ourselves look very good, especially within the party itself (The guy stripping at the convention, what the fuck!?).

Senator Paul will be the first major blow that carries a large overlap in ideology with libertarians, compared to establishment politics (seriously, it’s a lot of overlap).

Is he perfect from a standard libertarian perspective? Of course not! Is he ten gazillion times better than what we have in the White House now? In my personal opinion, absolutely!

He wants to seriously reduce spending, not just shift it. He wants to seriously reduce regulations, and not just call them tariffs or say “but muh flag… aka sky-cloth… no burny burny”!)

He is better then anyone in the Republican Party! Not because he is the “most libertarian” (he isn’t). But because he is the most marketable! Oh, and he is serious too!

Want to end the Drug War? Senator Paul is your man.

Want real Second Amendment support (not just sound bites from Ted Nugent)? Rand Paul 2020 might be your jam.

Want a tax code that makes some semblance of common sense? Then you want to “Stand With Rand.”

So, in conclusion, it is my sincere hope that you will come from this with some small amount of agreement, at least enough to mull it over in your head for the next year or so.

2020 is a long way off and there are a lot of Super Bowl’s, Wrestle Mania’s, and NBA Championships between now and then, those things are far less aggravating.

But when we get closer to that fateful day when more and more politicians (and non-politicians) start to consider running, I hope you will consider supporting Rand Paul. Not because I even know for sure he is considering running ( I don’t). But if enough of us start with “#RandPaul2020” and “#PresidentPaul” maybe it will catch on enough to spark the idea in Senator Paul’s head.

One thing is for sure, most libertarians I know would take a “President Paul” over what we have right now, any day!

* Bryce Jackson is a cook and writer from Chelsea, Vermont, who lives in Woodstock where he takes care of his two rescue dogs and his 71-year-old Vietnam veteran father.

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  1. “One thing is for sure, most libertarians I know would take a ‘President Paul’ over what we have right now, any day!”

    Sigh.

    True, but irrelevant. The Pauls have spent decades hassling the Liberty Movement by running as Republicans. And, as Rand, and his father Ron, have shown, it’s possible in some districts to get elected as an R even if you are fundamentally an L. That gets you some publicity, and a nice pension, and a cool job. But, it gets you the ability to accomplish nothing of substance for the Liberty Movement.

    The reason is that the R party is overwhelmingly the home of conservatives – not libertarians. The R party will not support any serious libertarian-minded policy prescriptions. This is why almost everyone knows that Ron spent some 26 years in Congress – yes, over 2.5 decades, and managed to pass exactly zero legislation of significance. The principal effect of his long stint in Congress was to garner a nice pension.

    Some people are enamored of being close to those who seem close to the levers of power. These people are foolishly (and hopelessly) trying to take over the R party. One might as well spend time trying to take over the D party. And, even if – in some fantasy world – libertarians could take control of the R party, then the conservatives would leave. They would not stick around to support candidates that want to end the war on drugs, want to de-militarize cops, end American nation-building abroad, endorse same-sex marriage and other wise shrink the federal government significantly. Conservatives would leave the R party rather than support such policies. and, if the conservatives leave in any substantial numbers, then the Rs will be unable to defeat the Ds anywhere in America. What would be the point of “taking over” a crashed R party whose current members leave in droves?

    Political parties are places where like-minded people gather to aggregate their political power, recognizing that in America you have to build political majorities to affect public policy in a major way. There is simply no substitute for libertarians to actually spending the time, money and energy to build a viable political party of their own. The Ds and Rs have a 150 year jump on the libertarians in 1) identifying like-minded people in the community, 2) organizing the libertarian-thinking people into a political party, and 3) turning them out at the polling booths.

    Lots of people are doing that hard work. Rand is not helping; he is just siphoning off time, money, and energy getting himself a cushy job and pension.

    The Rs, of course, are perfectly willing to welcome the libertarians who vote R; it’s a variation of Michael Corleone’s notion that it’s wise to “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Libertarians who work amongst the Rs are just dupes being used.

  2. “Rand Paul is marketable! ”

    Gary Johnson was picked for the LP nomination for just this reason. Most people knew he had flaws but he had a resume and some name recognition. Rand has flaws as well. Johnson was later attacked by some Libertarians because of his flaws. Rand has already been criticized for some of his. I don’t see him as any better than Johnson. He has already shown himself willing to cave to party leadership pressure.

    I expect to vote Libertarian regardless of who the Republicrats pick but It sure would be nice to see Trump primaried.

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