There is an archaic idiom of biblical origin from Jesus Christ’s famous Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 7:15 warning the people to “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Today the saying, “beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” is apropos of many Republicans posing as decent human beings pretending to care about the American people. During biblical times, wolves were regarded as greedy and malevolent predators that were a threat to the innocent, and a great number of Americans are gravitating toward a greedy malevolent politician for a variety of reasons and curiously, many are so-called progressives, liberals, and young people wary of supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her presidential bid.
What is sickening is that the above stated group looking for a new champion in Kentucky libertarian Rand Paul are allegedly Americans with a semblance of intelligence and possess the ability to read, research, and comprehend that there is no such thing as a beneficent libertarian. In fact, the same people that apparently hate the libertarian Koch brothers are looking on Rand Paul as a decent human being; a monumental error one expects moronic Republicans to make, but not anyone on the left.
Americans should make no mistake that Rand Paul is any different whatsoever than the most vile Koch Republican or evangelical teabagger; except for his ability to convince idiots that he cares about any American other than the very rich, the very war-happy, and the very religious. In fact, if anyone took the time to give even a cursory look at Rand Paul’s past statements and current positions, they would discover that he hates all Americans nearly as much as he hates the government he seeks to lead; one he wants to take apart on the same level as his libertarian cohorts the Koch brothers.
If there is any American who doubts that Rand Paul is not the one percent’s best hope for president, they are unaware he would give the wealthy an even bigger tax cut than Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan by completely eliminating all taxes on capital gains, dividends, and other investment income. Not only does eliminating those taxes not help the economy on any level, studies show that the single biggest driver of income inequality destroying the middle class is low tax rates on investment-type income; eliminating them will finish off the middle class and send them straight to the poverty ranks to starve. No matter who proposes eliminating all investment income taxes pays for them by eliminating all domestic spending. To further hand the rich more of the nation’s wealth, Paul advocates a flat tax that cuts the highest tax rate by two-thirds and raises taxes on the poor and middle class substantially to ‘flatten out the tax burden’ and pay for the 22 percent tax cut for the richest Americans.
Libertarians believe that education is reserved for those who can afford it and subsequently like the Koch brothers, Rand Paul wants to abolish the Education Department and bring all funding for public schools to a virtual halt and leave it up to the states. He believes that states are better equipped to take care of education leaving Republican-controlled states with the freedom to impose religious education without federal government interfering on the ‘liberty’ of theocrats to “practice” religion freely.
Along with eliminating the Department of Education, and the funding that it allots to states, Paul proposes some of the Koch brothers’ favorite ideas for eliminating government interference into their ability to make unrestricted profits. Departments and agencies such as Commerce, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development, and the EPA would be the first abolished according to Rand Paul’s libertarian sensibilities, and give predatory corporations free rein to conduct business with “absolute liberty” and unrestrained from government oversight or regulations. It is what the ‘liberty’ in libertarian is all about.
Although not entirely abolishing Social Security and Medicare like the Koch brothers propose, Rand Paul proposes raising the Social Security eligibility age and privatizes both programs. An idea that not only enriches Wall Street, it wipes out workers’ savings during economic downturns while Wall Street continues drawing administrative fees. Paul’s Medicare privatization scam is more extreme that Paul Ryan’s and would radically drive up senior citizens’ healthcare costs even more than Ryan’s because the Medicare coupon is worth even less than Ryan’s plan. Paul’s budget would raise the Social Security eligibility age and gives workers the option of opening private retirement accounts; an idea that would demolish workers’ savings during economic downturns.
One of the subjects that apparently appeals to some progressives, liberals, and young people is Rand Paul’s alleged libertarian stance favoring privacy rights and absolutely no government interference in Americans’ personal lives. It is another crock of libertarian bovine excrement. Paul adamantly opposes a woman’s right to choose her own reproductive health as much as he wants government to prevent Americans from marrying the person they love. The theocratic policies Paul supports is the definition of government intrusion and contrary to “individual liberty” he claims informs his libertarianism. To make matters worse, he is supporting government intrusion according to theocratic edict. He also claims he opposes the federal government’s surveillance practices put in place by Bush-Republicans’ Patriot Act, and yet he voted against reforming the NSA when he had the opportunity.
Maybe more curious than anything about why some on the left are supportive of Rand Paul is his opposition to equal rights for all Americans; especially gays and people of color. He is notorious for opposing the Civil Rights Act as a libertarian, particularly the provision that all Americans are treated equally under the law. Paul’s excuse for opposing civil rights is that true liberty is leaving the decision up to the states; particularly former Confederate and highly-religious states that want to restrict other Americans’ right to vote, marry the person they love, and for women to choose when they give birth. Although Paul opposes women’s liberty to choose when they give birth, he does support a man’s liberty to commit violence against women and it is likely why he voted against the Violence Against Women Act.
There is nothing whatsoever about Rand Paul’s positions or proposed agendas that should remotely appeal to any American that is not a rabid Koch Republican and evangelical teabagger. He supports more war, government intrusion for the sake of imposing religion, and yet opposes taxation on the rich, regulations that protect the people, and all government services the taxpayers’ dollars fund. Americans are predominately stupid people whether it is because they are willfully ignorant, illiterate, or under the influence of conservative media, but can almost understand why those morons would give Rand Paul more than a passing glance. However, it is a complete and enduring mystery why so-called informed Americans on the left would ever entertain the idea of supporting a greedy malevolent religious predator and racist like Rand Paul even if they are unsure about Hillary Clinton. Maybe assuming everyone on the left is semi-intelligent is a monumental error, and after considering that the Ham-Wald emoprogs love them some libertarian Rand Paul, that is certainly the case.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.