A Degree of Respect for Rand

A Degree of Respect for Rand

Matt HealeyFriday,22 May 2015

Rand Paul is a bit of conundrum for me. In a lot of cases he makes total sense. I do like a lot of the Libertarian positions. I love the opposition to warrantless wiretapping and the Patriot Act. I also like that he opposes the militarization of the police. These are things that I support, but then he goes off the deep end and abandons the libertarian positions when it comes to issues like same sex marriage, which he opposes.

If you really believed in limited government, then you would not oppose same sex marriage, as the government should have no role in deciding who should marry. So I don’t really buy the libertarian façade. I also am not totally sure that a Libertarian president would be a step in the right direction. There is a role for government and the Libertarian approach of no gun regulations, no national program for healthcare, and no need for the government to intervene to address climate change is not positive.

But as much as he is a conundrum, there is one thing that I respect Rand for and I wish that more politicians would follow. He does stick to his positions. I was reminded of this during his most recent talking filibuster. In case you missed it, he talked for 10 and a half hours to protest the renewal of the Patriot Act. Granted the session was about trade, but he did get focus on the 24 hour noose cycle (with thanks to Adrian Boettinger for that term) on an issue he cares about. And he didn’t do it with some feckless BS maneuver. He did it by standing and talking for almost 11 hours. This is what a filibuster should be. Not the BS cloture vote process that is currently being used. And for that, while I often do not agree with him, I do respect his approach.

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