• Politics Is Rough And Tumble – Rand Paul Takes Punches And Stands Strong

    Senator Rand Paul has emerged as a leader unafraid to act as a counterbalance to literally both parties’ desires to grow government. He has stood tall and entered the arena repeatedly finding few or no friends at his side.

    Senator Paul is predictable if he is anything. He can be counted on to be doggedly fighting for civil liberties, reducing government spending, and conservative values rooted in our constitution. Who could be against that? Shockingly, just about everybody. Senator Paul has found critics from just about every side of the aisle. For those of us who love America and the liberty it provides he has become an indispensable defender of freedom.

    I would go so far as to say he is the kind of man you could actually imagine hanging out with our founding fathers arguing the challenges that lay before our great nation…and he would fit right in.

    However, in modernity he has detractors that never tire of their desire to malign a man led by his core values to do right for this generation and those to come.

    Recently, a piece by James Hassan titled, Death, Taxes, and Rand Paul’s Hypocrisy ran in the Washington Examiner claiming that Senator Paul is inauthentic, lacked core values, and was simply a camera hound. Sadly, this attack comes from the right side of the aisle. This assault attempts to use Paul’s support of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh as evidence of Senator Paul backing away from his core values when the exact opposite is true.

    Hassan said, “By now, we are all used to the Kentucky Republican’s defenses of his (allegedly) deeply held principles… Curiously, Paul’s stunts at the expense of his GOP colleagues only occur when the cameras are rolling.”

    Without cameras rolling none of the rest of us would even know of these instances at all. I’m glad someone took the time to film some of these so-called stunts where Senator Paul imperiled himself with both the Republican and Democrat parties to stand for what is right.

    Remember that time Senator Paul stood and filibustered against Head of the CIA nominee John Brennan and the Obama Administrations use of drones?

    “I will speak until I can no longer speak,” Paul said. “I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”

    Sounds like something one of our founders would say doesn’t it?

    Or how about the time Rand stood against provisions in the Patriot Act that allowed for warrantless collection of phone data on Americans without any probable cause completely circumventing everyone’s 4th Amendment rights. Were the Republicans there in support of that? How about some Democrats? Not so much.

    “I came here to defend the Bill of Rights, not to be popular,’ he tweeted. The freshman single-handedly shut down intelligence agencies’ legal authority to continue collecting domestic phone records for a searchable database of who is phoning whom. The law that permitted the program, as well as several other techniques of the National Security Agency, was set to expire as the clock struck midnight Sunday, and Paul was unyielding in his effort to ensure there would be at least some temporary end to it.”

    Paul took it a step further and eventually shut down the entire NSA spy program by suing the Obama Administration on behalf of the Bill of Rights. Sounds rather patriotic to me.

    I think its safe to say that Senator Paul’s defense of the Constitutional rights of all Americans crosses over into the realm of zealous. His rabid defense of our rights might only be rivaled by his love to cut the size of government.

    Senator Paul angered establishment Republicans when he shut the government down in February of this year, because they would not allow a vote to cut spending

    The Paul-driven shutdown was sparked by the Senator Paul’s insistence that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) grant him a vote to amend a budget deal that includes more than $300 billion in new spending over two years. McConnell refused, reasoning that would open up the bill to too many amendments. In turn, Paul declined to allow a vote before midnight, when government funding expired. Asked if he’s worried about singlehandedly inheriting the blame for a shutdown, Paul replied: “No. I think it’s an important enough thing that we should have a discussion over.”

    Sounds surprisingly like a man with a strong moral compass or the kind of person with deep core values. He repeatedly stands up against his own side of the aisle in defense of what he feels is right. That doesn’t ingratiate him any friends as witnessed by the constant barrage of insults.

    Paul responded to the that reality in an interview, “Somebody’s got to stand up and fight.”

    When Republicans attack Rand Paul they always come after his “Conservative” values and claim that he isn’t far enough right. He’s most definitely not a right-wing zombie if that’s what they mean, but his Conservative Street Cred is backed up by the high scores he received from FreedomWorks, Heritage Action and the American Conservative Union.

    Love him or hate him, Senator Paul is who he is. He has proven he is a man of deep convictions and he is willing to go it alone against both parties if need be to stand up for Americans and our founding core beliefs. It is sad that he actually has to do that against his own colleagues who are other American Senators.

    Benjamin Franklin correctly predicted that our form of government would face its most horrific struggles from within when asked after the signing in Philadelphia what the founders had given us.

    His reply, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Senator Rand Paul is one of the few true patriots who fights to keep it every day.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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