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A wolf in sheep’s clothing… Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky)

After observing several interviews with Senator Rand Paul, it has become apparent to me that he is willing to go as far as using his father’s name, as well as the principles that his father believed as a member of the Libertarian Party, to gain political power. As you may know, Mr. Paul is running under the title of Libertarian Republican.

While this may sound like an oxymoron to those who know bullshit when they see it, this can actually be the demise of the Libertarian party before it even has a chance to become what it stands for; “… to implement and give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles by: functioning as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements…” (LP News, “The Purpose of the Libertarian Party”).

The Libertarian Party needs to stand up and speak out against Mr. Paul and let him know that it is not alright to drag the Libertarian name through the dirt in order to gain votes.

According to a September-October 2013 survey conducted by the Public Research Institute, 22 percent of Americans now lean Libertarian. This may be because they don’t agree with the socially conservative right or with the fiscally liberal left. Either way, the numbers show more and more voters lean Libertarian.

The problem?  Mr. Paul’s insistence that he embraces the Libertarian cause, to the contrary of many of his spoken words and personal beliefs, taints the Libertarian party’s image and may negatively impact true Libertarians across the electoral circuit.

Mr. Paul has said that he is a Republican “with a twist”. “… but truthfully Mr. Paul, you are going to have to do something different than the cookie cutter Republican.

“I am offering something different and the Libertarian twist to that I think has appealed to both ethnic minorities as well as the youth and independents. It’s really a message that gets beyond just our hardcore Republican but it’s not antithetical to what a hardcore Republican stands for. It is enough of a twist that i think it has a chance to resonate in areas where we have not done very well.(2013 interview on “Uncommon Knowledge”).”

In the same interview, he is quoted as saying, “I am 100% pro-life. I believe abortion is taking the life of an innocent human being.” To explain this in the interview, he uses a few incidences by sick human beings who took the life of actual flesh and bone newborns. Upon further inspection of the numbers, as laid out by the Guttmacher Institute (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html), one percent of all abortions are performed at 21 weeks or later. Only 11% of all abortion clinics even offer the service at 24 weeks. As of 2006, 88% of all abortions occurred in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

He opposed same sex marriage stating, “I believe in the historical definition of marriage. That being said…I’m not for limiting contracts between adults.” He basically bats this question away by saying it should be up to the state to decide. Should it not be up to the individual to decide whether or not they would like to be married? Shouldn’t the government just get out of marriage all together? Does a Libertarian not believe the proper role of Government is to protect against assault, theft, and foreign attacks?

If Mr. Paul continues to exploit what the Libertarian name has to offer, we need to hold him accountable and call him out, when necessary, so he may not ruin it for true Libertarian candidates. Further, it would demonstrate to all Libertarian candidates that if they choose to run under the Libertarian Party platform – that platform means something – and all candidates will be put under a microscope because we are sick of being lied to and value our liberty.

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Originally from Chicago, 28-year old Joe Greenwood lives in Corvalis, Oregon with his wife, Laura and attends Oregon State University pursuing a degree in economics.

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