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Rand Paul

Randal Howard “Rand” Paul
Rand Paul, official portrait, 112th Congress alternate.jpg
Junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky
From: January 3, 2011 – present
Predecessor Jim Bunning
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Kelley Ashby Paul
Religion Presbyterian (see also: Rand Paul's religious views)
Rand Paul was Conservative of the Year in 2010.

Randal Howard “Rand” Paul, born January 7, 1963 (age 59), is the anti-establishment, fiscally and socially conservative United States Senator from Kentucky who was elected in 2010 and reelected by a landslide in 2016. He is critical of federal spending, opposes an interventionalist foreign policy, and rejects the calls from neocons for perpetual war. Paul is a movement conservative and a potential future presidential candidate, initially running in 2016. He was a leader for the repeal of ObamaCare. He is a prominent defender of President Trump in the U.S. Senate on certain issues, particularly in support of Trump's focus on putting America First, rather than intervening in foreign countries[1].

Rep. Rand Paul was one of only 8 Republican senators to decline sign a letter to Biden that would escalate the Russia-Ukraine conflict by sending fighter jets to Ukraine.[2]

"Stand with Rand" is a popular slogan among students who support Senator Paul. In addition, Julian Assange is an admirer of Rand Paul.[3]

Sen. Paul lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In November of 2017, he was the victim of a cowardly attack by an irate Democrat neighbor, Rene Boucher, who trespassed on Sen. Paul's yard, snuck up behind him, and violently broke five of his ribs. The shameful attack caused lung contusions which required removal of part of his lungs, and also facial injuries. He was peacefully mowing his lawn at the time of the attack. Police initially charged the perpetrator, who reportedly admitted to attacking Paul, with merely fourth-degree assault despite the seriousness of the injuries[4]. A federal charge was then filed against the assailant, who pled guilty, but was then sentenced to merely 30 days in jail, which is far below sentencing guidelines and which the Department of Justice has appealed for being too lenient.

Amidst the second Democrat attempt to impeach and convict Donald Trump in January of 2021 over false accusations that he was responsible for the 2021 Capitol riot, Paul introduced an amendment to declare the sham impeachment as unconstitutional, which ultimately was defeated by a 55–45 vote; Never Trumpers Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey joined all Senate Democrats in voting against it[5].

Life

Paul was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul and his wife Carol. Rand Paul was not named after the objectivist and libertarian author Ayn Rand[6].

In 2010, he won the Republican primary after defeating moderate candidate Trey Grayson by a landslide. Despite intense opposition by liberals and the lamestream media, Rand Paul won by an overwhelming margin first against a RINO favored by the establishment, and then against Democrat Jack Conway in the 2010 Midterms. This was the seat formerly held by Jim Bunning, one of the greatest conservative sports stars, who endorsed Paul in the Republican primary.

In March 2013, Rand led a filibuster of Obama's CIA nomination John Brennan, due to the fact that the administration was unwilling to forbid ordering drone targeting of Americans on American territories, in violation of the 5th Amendment. A month of letter writings without a reply and March 6 testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder prompted the filibuster. A number of Republican Senators joined him, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee, as well as one Democrat Senator, Ron Wyden. A vote on a non-binding statement clarifying that Obama shall not kill Americans with drone warfare was denied by Democrats in the Senate.

On April 7, 2015, Paul announced that he would seek the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.[7][8] He dropped out shortly after the Iowa Caucus.

Political positions

Paul at CPAC in 2013.

Unlike many politicians of both major political parties, Rand Paul supports sharply reducing the size of government. Notably in 2018, he single-handedly shutdown the entire Federal government (for a few hours, at least) while he spoke against the hypocrisy of his own party in desiring to pass a 700-page bill that nobody had read and that would create the same deficit spending that his party opposed during the Obama administration.[9]

Paul opposes gun control[10] and same-sex "marriage".[11] He opposes prison sentences for minor drug offenders.[12] Paul sued the Obama administration because the Espionage of American civilians through the NSA.[13] Paul is distrustful of capital punishment but also thinks that it should be a state issue.[14]

Paul is a strong opponent of socialism and wrote The Case Against Socialism in 2019.[15]

Abortion

Rand is pro-life and spoke at the March for Life rally in 2013.[16]

Paul co-sponsored and voted for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act[17] in February 2020 in addition to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.[18]

Foreign policy

He has criticized pro-war politicians and won the CPAC straw poll in 2013 and 2014. Paul is against an American intervention in the Syrian Civil War[19] and was opposed to the Operation Iraqi Freedom or the Patriot Act. Paul is an opponent of the United States embargo against Cuba.[20] Paul has criticized neocons such as Lindsey Graham for their foreign policy views.[21]

Paul supports Israel and proposed to cut off the flow of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority.[22]

Paul has abandoned his party line to join Democrats and RINOs in ordering President Trump to remove hostilities against Iran.[23]

Illegal immigration

Paul supported the Pathway to introduce illegal aliens to citizenship.[24]

While mostly a strong conservative, Paul has obstructed the Trump agenda at times, such as joining Democrats and establishment RINOs in blocking President Trump's emergency declaration over the southern border.[25]

Law and order

Despite being strongly conservative on most issues, Sen. Paul is arguably weak on law and order, having denounced President Trump's sending of federal agents to Portland, Oregon amidst the 2020 Antifa riots.[26]

Obamacare repeal efforts

While an ardent opponent of Obamacare, Paul was the only Republican senator to vote against an Obamacare repeal effort in early January 2017, citing the over $8 trillion repeal bill would add to the national debt.[27]

For three separate Obamacare repeal votes, Paul joined a small group of RINOs and conservatives to side with Senate Democrats in opposing a "repeal and replace" measure, although he did vote for the two other repeal measures.[28]

Paul opposed the Cassidy-Graham healthcare bill in September 2017 along with DIAN Susan Collins,[29] arguing that it is "amnesty for Obamacare", has no effect on the $70 dollar deficit, and a "big government boondoggle".[30]

Surveillance reform

See also: Obama FISA abuse

Paul, along with President Trump, has spoken strongly against allowing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Americans, arguing for surveillance reform to prohibit the spying of U.S. citizens.[31]

Vaccination

Paul, a libertarian, has opposed the totalitarian agenda of compulsory vaccination, stating that despite the benefits, vaccination should be voluntary.[32][33] He has adamantly opposed the fearmongering-promoted mandatory vaccination rhetoric amid a measles outbreak in 2019, arguing before a hearing that government-mandated vaccines attack personal rights and that it provides "a false sense of security".[34] Liberals and "progressives" who long hated Paul have attacked him for his anti-totalitarian stance,[35] making implications of utilitarian arguments. On the other hand, establishment outsiders and some conservatives have praised Paul for his pro-liberty stance on the controversial issue.[36]

Fiscal policy

In October 2021, Paul claimed that cryptocurrencies could replace the dollar as the world's reserve currency due to growing distrust in government.[1]

See also

References

  1. Moran, Sean (August 14, 2018). Exclusive — Rand Paul: Russia Trip a ‘Great Success’; U.S. Citizens Prefer America First to Nation-Building. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  2. https://news.yahoo.com/gop-senators-demand-u-help-131427064.html
  3. https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/19/julian-assange-loves-rand-paul-and-his-very-principled-positions.html
  4. John Hinderacker. More on the Democrat’s Assault on Rand Paul. Powerlineblog.com. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  5. Carney, Jourdain (January 26, 2021). Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional. The Hill. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD-R_OeP6tU
  7. Rand Paul launches 2016 White House bid: ‘We have come to take our country back’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/04/07/rand-paul-set-to-announce-presidential-run/
  8. https://www.c-span.org/video/?325139-1/senator-rand-paul-rky-presidential-campaign-announcement
  9. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/373069-rand-paul-blockade-pushing-senate-to-late-night-budget-vote
  10. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/01/14/rand_paul_on_gun_control_executive_order_obama_is_not_king.html
  11. http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Rand_Paul.htm
  12. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/24/1767241/rand-paul-is-right-on-marijuana-and-that-should-scare-democrats-into-action/
  13. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/04/sen-rand-paul-to-sue-over-nsa-spying-practices/
  14. Rand Paul on the Death Penalty
  15. Multiple references:
  16. Rand Paul at March for Life 2013
  17. S 311 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act - National Key Vote
  18. S 3275 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - National Key Vote
  19. https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/14691-sen-rand-paul-is-obama-administration-hiding-arms-trade-to-jihadists
  20. http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/the-cuban-embargo-isnt-just-about-the-embargo/
  21. Casiano, Louis (October 15, 2019). Rand Paul says Lindsey Graham 'has been wrong about almost every foreign policy decision of the last two decades'. Fox News. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  22. Dr. Rand Paul on Israel
  23. S J Res 68 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress - National Key Vote
  24. http://nation.foxnews.com/rand-paul/2013/03/19/rand-paul-endorses-pathway-citizenship
  25. DEJA VU: Rand Paul Joins RINOs and Democrats for a Second Time to Block Trump’s Border Wall
  26. Multiple references:
  27. Two references:
  28. How Each Senator Voted on Obamacare Repeal Proposals
  29. Two references:
  30. Multiple references:
  31. Two references:
  32. Rand Paul on Vaccines and Freedom | GOP Debate
  33. Rand Paul: Vaccines Can Lead to 'Mental Disorders'
  34. Two references:
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