Author Topic: Assange's Emerging Politics: Rand Paul And Libertarian Wing of GOP Represent 'Only Hope'  (Read 979 times)

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Interesting turn of events and alliances.   :shrug:
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This will confound US liberals who see no connection between their socialist ideology and their insistence on 4th amendment protections.  Inevitably, a socialist country can never be "free," as individual freedom is not possible without economic freedom.  So far, the USA has been rich and powerful enough to be BOTH relatively free and relatively socialist.  The pendulum has been swinging too far in the socialists' direction and we are already seeing the inevitable clamping down on individual freedoms.  The more that happens, the more many libertarian liberals are going to become disaffected and look for an alternative.

Rand Paul represents a completely different alignment of political interests than the GOP has known in recent years.  He is very attractive to millennials, libertarians and traditional constitutionalists, many of whom have been aligned with the left or just disaffected.  If he can hold onto the religious right and Main Street USA -- both of which probably consider him too extreme at this point -- he can win the presidency.  It's a big "if" but it's possible.

I don't see too many other candidates with Paul's potential to grow the GOP tent sufficiently to win the presidency, including Christie. 


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I agree.  Rand Paul is a "new" kind of politician, and perhaps the GOP's best hope.
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I agree.  Rand Paul is a "new" kind of politician, and perhaps the GOP's best hope.

I'd respectfully disagree, Alice.

He's old school. Personal responsibility, keeping your word no matter the cost, country first and ambition second. Same mold as Perry, just better at speaking.
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I'd respectfully disagree, Alice.

He's old school. Personal responsibility, keeping your word no matter the cost, country first and ambition second. Same mold as Perry, just better at speaking.

Maybe everything "old" will be "new" again.
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The best thing I can say about Rand Paul is that he's one of the very few Republicans that hasn't totally piss*d me off.....
yet.
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