Republican Rand Paul strikes a chord
Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky on March 6, 2014 addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) a gathering of the most passionate, engaged and eager Republicans. Paul received raucous cheers from the CPAC audience when he said “I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business” referring to the government’s cell phone data collection.
One day after riveting the CPAC packed convention ballroom with his “none of their damn business” speech Paul won the support of 31% of the 2,459 attendees voting in the 2016 Presidential nominee poll over more than two dozen Republican presidential contenders. Paul crushed Ted Cruz, the second place finisher who received 11% of the votes and Arkansas’s Mike Huckabee who received 2%.
Encouraged by his reception at CPAC Paul on March 19, 2014 went to the University of California at Berkeley where his audience of some 400 people erupted in cheers and tremendous applause when he said: “ I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business.” .
Many people believe Rand Paul has launched his bid for the Republican Presidential nominee in 2016 by going around the country repeating the 100 year old Republican mantra of “less government” with a new twist “ what you do is none of government’s damn business.”
Hopefully Paul will schedule meetings all across the COUNTRY and explain to voters why it is “NONE OF GOVERNMENT’S DAMN BUSINESS” if:
I USE MY CELL PHONE TO SELL ILLEGAL DRUGS ON THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
I SMOKE MARIJUANA
I HIRE 12 YEAR OLD CHILDREN TO WORK IN MY COAL MINE OR OTHER BUSINESS 18 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK
I SLAUGHTER SICK OR DISEASED ANIMALS AND CHICKENS AND SELL YOU THEIR MEAT.
I PAY MY WORKERS $1 A DAY OR WHETHER I HAVE INSURANCE COVERING ON THE JOB INJURES
I DRIVE MY CAR 100 MILES PER HOUR IN A SCHOOL ZONE OR OTHER CONGESTED ARE, DRIVE WITHOUT A LICENSE OR DRIVE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCEPT MONEY FOR POLITICAL FAVORS.
PEOPLE LIVE IN POVERTY OR DIE FROM LACK OF MEDICAL CARE.
One speech should be scheduled in Charleston West Virginia for the 300,000 people who were without water because Freedom Industries dumped chemicals in the Elk River to hear Paul explain why: “IT IS NONE OF GOVERNMENT’S DAMN BUSINESS IF I DUMP TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THE ELK RIVER.”
Another speech should be scheduled in Mayflower, Arkansas for Paul to explain why: “IT IS NONE OF GOVERNMENT’S DAMN BUSINESS” WHERE I RUN MY OIL PIPELINE , WHAT KIND OF PIPE I USE IN BUILDING MY PIPELINE and invite all the property owners in Mayflower who had to move because crude oil was flowing in their homes due to a ruptured pipeline.
Another speech should be scheduled in Marshall, Arkansas for Paul to explain why: “IT IS NONE OF GOVERNMENT’S DAMN BUSINESS WHERE I PUT IN A HOG FARM” and invite all the people who are opposed to having a hog farm near the Buffalo River.
Perhaps the Republican faithful will sponsor a march on Washington D.C. on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “ I have a dream” speech.
Like King Paul can stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, look out over the thousands of Republican faithful and state his dream for the American people on abortions and same sex marriages two of the most important Republican issues -- in language something like this:
“I have a dream that some day Americans will rise up and elect a President who will stand up for your liberty and your freedom, a president who has the courage to say ‘what you do is none of government’s damn business.’ If you want to have an abortion ‘it is none of government’s damn business.’ If you want to marry a person of the same sex ‘it is none of government’s damn business.’
If you elect Rand Paul president Republicans will realize their 100 year dream of less government and lower taxes and there will be “no damn government” to interfere with anything you want to do.”
Senator Rand Paul and all other Republicans who believe what you do “IS NONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DAMN BUSINESS” please tell us WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS.
(Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes his “progressive” viewpoint each week to the The Sun-Times. He writes a blog at www.pauls-musings.blogspot.com)