Say what you will but Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky is actually Libertarian; at least in philosophy.
For this writer despite his Republican establishment critics, it is actually a refreshing change compared to the mundane typical GOP candidate who is either ultra-right as a social conservative or fiscally conservative and all smoke and mirrors when it comes to social conservatism.
Don’t be mistaken, the proposed list of possible sixteen GOP candidates could present one of the most interesting and fascinating Presidential primary seasons in decades with most of the GOP candidates all having some positive quality to offer our country.
With Senator Rand Paul however, the big difference is the fact that his father is former Texas Congressman Ron Paul who made two separate bids for the presidency both as a
Libertarian and Republican (and still very involved with the libertarian party and philosophy today). Many of Congressman Paul’s followers are already on the Rand Paul bandwagon as well as many new young conservative Republicans.
As such, the Rand Paul run for the presidency launched with spectacular success with contemporary music, hundreds of young people from all walks of life and a very persuasive and a different kind of speech from Senator Rand Paul.
The fact that Rand Paul is the son of Congressman Ron Paul does not mean their views are identical; there are differences and unlike his father, Senator Rand Paul attempts to work and play within the confines of the GOP establishment without using insult and negative rhetoric to disagree on issues.
Congressman Ron Paul so often made inflammatory and indicting accusations against fellow Republicans that many thought he was a kook and some even expressed the desire to have him censured.
Congressman Ron Paul ran as the Libertarian Presidential Candidate in 1988 and as a Republican Presidential Candidate in 2008.
The two do agree however on much; such as small government, little if any taxation, the military not being used as a world police or rebuilding force, legalization of cannabis (at least medically), the government staying out of the bedroom, the classroom and the church and just letting people do what the constitution states, “pursue life, liberty and happiness”.
Isn’t that what we all want?
The resulting issue is, Senator Rand Paul is a Libertarian Republican and probably like no other legitimate candidate the Republican Party has ever seen with the real potential to become the GOP’s top contender for the presidency.
America is not quite ready for a genuine third party candidate as that would only muddy the waters and allow once again a solid radical left wing democratic president who would build on the destructive foundation laid by Barack Obama.
The country is serious about a different and unique candidate for President; after all that’s what got Barack Obama elected.
Obama however, has failed because he was too radical.
It appears a Rand Paul Presidency would not be radical at all.
Having already utilized Senate rules to his advantage such as the filibuster and gained strong following and support on some issues from the other side of the isle, a President Paul would have the potential of being perceived as a no nonsense leader the congress could work with.
Because of his strong support by libertarians, a Rand Paul candidacy has the potential of reaching a totally untapped portion of the electorate; the independent, libertarian and third party candidate.
When the third party factor is added in, the potential of a Rand Paul presidency increases substantially.
Another factor attractive to many is that Senator Rand Paul is not an attorney.
Like his father, Senator Rand Paul is actually Dr. Rand Paul. While Dr. Ron Paul was an Obstetrician, Dr. Rand Paul is an Ophthalmological Surgeon and makes periodic goodwill missions to impoverished countries to assist with medical services.
Many of Americans are fed up with the constant “lawyer-eeze” psycho-babble which comes out of the White House.
As such, many believe a doctor in the White House might actually demonstrate sincerity in caring.
Right now the final run for the presidency is still eighteen months away but the uniqueness of Senator Rand Paul’s candidacy certainly gives hope to many that this presidential primary season will be interesting at the very least.
© 2015 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III