The Constitution, Capitalism, Corporatism, Health Care - and Egypt
As I mentioned to one blogger recently, if you have topics that are not directly related to local issues, and may relate to a particular political ideology, instead of inundating the SAC blogs with blog posts on those topics, why not combine them into one substantive post every now and then instead of providing for “blam” - blog spam?
Well, that’s exactly what I am doing with this blog post. I’m providing an update on the only two members of the Gang of 535 on Capitol Hill I strongly support (there are a few members of the House I also like).
Rand Paul has just completed his first month as a U.S. Senator.
It certainly is refreshing to see a member of the Senate who has never run for political office before or been involved in establishment politics in any way, shape or form.
The first big issue Rand got to speak about on the floor was the failed Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare.
What I like about what Rand had to say here is not so much about whether Obamacare is a good thing or a bad thing, but how Rand spoke about the Constitution and what the role of government should be.
I liked Rand’s points on how the Commerce Clause and the General Welfare Clause do not mean the U.S. government can do anything it wants to.
SAC blogger outtathere has this post at the end of each post he makes:
I found This Opinion Piece comparing Ralph Nader to Ron Paul (Rand’s father who is member of the U.S. House of Representatives) in reference to corporatism most interesting.
Nader and Ron Paul are on the opposite ends of the spectrum on many issues, but one thing you can’t say about either of them is that they are members of the establishment political elite, and I find it interesting in regards to how much common ground these two individuals have. Traditional liberals and traditional conservatives have far more in common than people would think. Establishment Republicans and Democrats just pretend to be different. Their ideology is the same, which is self-preservation and catering to special interests and the status quo.
From the above linked article:
In reference to Big Government at home, I can’t help but think of Big Government abroad with Egypt.
Yet another country gone haywire as its people revolt against a bought-and-paid for U.S. dictator.
If the people of countries like Iran and Pakistan with previous rulers and now Egypt despise the puppets who rule them, is it any wonder why they do not like the U.S. when the U.S. government is the puppet-master pulling the strings?
I found Rand Paul’s inaugural speech most interesting.
Establishment Democrats in Kentucky, across the country and in the media did their best at playing their typical card in trying to paint Rand Paul as a racist, and I like how Rand not so subtly addressed that.
Former Kentucky Senator Henry Clay was known as the "Great Compromiser", but Rand Paul makes the point that there are some things you just don’t compromise on - like slavery.
Unlike just about everybody who ends up in Congress, I don’t expect Rand Paul to compromise his principles.
Douglass and Garrison were on Nantucket for a week in August of 1842 for an anti-slavery convention where women‘s rights supporter and abolitionist Stephen S. Foster denounced churches, and particularly those in the south, as the "Bulwark of Slavery," its clergy "a designing priesthood," and its membership a "Brotherhood of Thieves", in turn causing the Riot of 1842 on the island of Nantucket.
Brotherhood of Thieves ~ As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.