Senator Rand Paul – 2016 Presidential Run Announcement

download (3)Rand Paul’s announcement that he would be running for President followed Senator Ted Cruz’s. I had to admit that Rand Paul, based on appearances and voice alone, does not annoy me near as much as Ted Cruz, but the subject matter of his speech sure did a number on me.

Straight from the beginning I felt my blood boil. He wants to get away from the Washington Machine. Fine, but he was born into politics himself. His father being a former Congressman and past Presidential candidate makes him part of the machine in my opinion. It isn’t Hillary Clinton’s (or Jeb Bush’s) fault that Ron Paul, Rand’s father, happened to lose his attempts to become President. None-the-less I think that makes Rand Paul just as much a part of the political Washington Machine as the Bush family or the Clinton family.

Wow, I can’t believe I am defending the Bush family. I’ll be sure to mention this lapse in sanity when I visit my therapist later this week.

“A government restrained by the constitution.” Rand Paul wants to go to Washington with the Constitution of the United States in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other. I realize he didn’t say this, but I am sick of conservative candidates acting like they own the Constitution and that it only pertains to their rights and beliefs.

I also take great offense to his false claims that Congress has never balanced a budget and has a bad record of doing so. It’s been known for years that the budget was balanced and ran a surplus in four fiscal years of the Clinton administration. Which is ironic because there was a Republican led Congress at the time. It not only showed that a Democrat (and more specifically a Clinton) can balance the budget and cross party lines.

Rand wants to lower taxes and build new roads and infrastructure. With what money? Republicans always forget that it cost money to build new things. It would be nice if we could cut taxes and spend more money, but that isn’t how reality works.

The other thing I noticed about Rand Paul’s announcement and the same goes for Ted Cruz’s announcement is that both took place on dark stages, in front of dark podiums. Very unattached from the audience and very much focused on themselves. Very long-winded opening speeches like the old days of political campaigning. When will the GOP learn that it is time to come up with new ways to catch the public eye? You can’t just stand on a stage and talk anymore.

You have to motivate. You have to inspire. And in an era of Vine, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook you have to be succinct and to the point.

 

 

Hillary Clinton on Pride Month

Hillary Clinton on Pride Month

Most people know that I am a huge fan of Hillary Clinton.  A support of her 2008 run for President and one of the many people crossing my fingers that she runs in 2016.  I thought I would share this video but Hillary says everything that needs to be said right in the video so I don’t have much to add besides saying thank you so much for this video Hillary! Love you tons.


The transcript below is copied from the US Department of State website linked here: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/06/192136.htm

Video Remarks for “Pride Month” Transcript

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 8, 2012

I am honored to join you to celebrate the fundamental freedoms that all human beings deserve – no matter who they are or whom they love. This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

In the United States and around the world, progress is being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is bending the arc of history. Barriers are being torn down, discriminatory laws repealed, and millions are now able to live more freely and participate in the future of their communities and countries.

But there is still much more to be done. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women continue to be persecuted and attacked. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, and even executed.

United States Embassies and Missions throughout the world are working to defend the rights of LGBT people of all races, religions, and nationalities as part of our comprehensive human rights policy and as a priority of our foreign policy. From Riga, where two U.S. Ambassadors and a Deputy Assistant Secretary marched in solidarity with Baltic Pride; to Nassau, where the Embassy joined together with civil society to screen a film about LGBT issues in Caribbean societies; to Albania, where our Embassy is coordinating the first-ever regional Pride conference for diplomats and activists to discuss human rights and shared experiences. And through the Global Equality Fund that I launched last December, we have strengthened our support for civil society and programs to protect and promote human rights.

We will not rest until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone. History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination. But it requires a concerted effort from all of us. No matter how long the road ahead, I’m confident that we will travel it successfully together.

Wherever you are celebrating this month, I wish you a happy Pride.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Since I am starting to feel a little more like the strong woman I am (okay guy) I decided it’s time to post my tribute to Hillary again. With that said I realized recently I may just have to edit it some now that there are increasing rumors that she is starting to consider running in 2016!