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.