In his new book Taking a Stand, the Senator heads a chapter “A New Kind of Republican.” Thanks to the misguided leadership of Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, George W.Bush and John Boehner for starters, the Republican brand of Reagan, Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush has been distorted beyond recognition. Groups like FreedomWorks have made a sterling effort to get the party back on a fiscally responsible, small government track, but so far with just modest success.
I long ago distanced myself from the Cheney-McCain Republicans, not that I would ever unite with the Marxist influenced, income re-distributors of the Obama administration nor the disgraceful Clinton horde. Thanks to the political elite in Washington, America’s election system has been co-opted by self-serving billionaires best exemplified by one Sheldon Adelson, whom Senator Paul has rightly dodged like the plague. Were I running for president, I would make it clear that neither the concerns of Adelson nor his money would be welcome. And I think Senator Paul has taken just such an approach. Good for Rand.
Today’s two party system features one group who steals your money through (1) the policies of income redistribution and the progressive income tax and another through (2) the policies fixated on a hash of military/industrial complex, nation building and worldwide power projection activity favoring Wall Street and the Fortune 500 crowd. We the People, as you’ll note, are not in the mix.
What is badly needed in America is a third party that actually represents We the People, you know, real individuals like you and me. Far as I can see, we have little representation in Washington beyond Senator Paul, Justin Amash (Rep. Michigan) and a handful of others. In all honesty, I find it hard to understand how Senator Paul is actually going to be able to run under a Republican banner hoisted by the likes of McCain, Graham and Boehner. These guys present a huge roadblock for Rand and for We the People and are every bit as destructive as the duplicitous Clintons and their “charitable” foundation.
I have gone through Taking a Stand line by line, starting with every item in the index and the six and a half pages of notes. There is a lot to like. But I was disappointed to see names and subject matter omitted, such as any reference to Patrick Henry, Sam Adams, Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Paine, or the debilitating policies of the worst president in American history—Woodrow Wilson,( see here and here) who lied America into a WWI that was already stymied to a worthwhile stalemate. Nonetheless, the senator needs to get elected and has produced a road map that, to use the senator’s words, has moved “beyond partisan politics.”