By The Right Scoop


I haven’t had a chance to watch this speech but from what people on twitter were saying he did a great job. Watch the full speech below:

TRANSCRIPT:

I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known.

People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work.

We are in danger, though, of forgetting what made us great. The President seems to think the country can continue to borrow $50,000 per second. The President believes that we should just squeeze more money out of those who are working.

The path we are on is not sustainable, but few in Congress or in this Administration seem to recognize that their actions are endangering the prosperity of this great nation.

Ronald Reagan said, government is not the answer to the problem, government is the problem.

Tonight, the President told the nation he disagrees. President Obama believes government is the solution: More government, more taxes, more debt.

What the President fails to grasp is that the American system that rewards hard work is what made America so prosperous.

What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith. In the year we won our independence, Adam Smith described what creates the Wealth of Nations.

He described a limited government that largely did not interfere with individuals and their pursuit of happiness.

All that we are, all that we wish to be is now threatened by the notion that you can have something for nothing, that you can have your cake and eat it too, that you can spend a trillion dollars every year that you don’t have.

I was elected to the Senate in 2010 by people worried about our country, worried about our kids and their future. I thought I knew how bad it was in Washington. But it is worse than I ever imagined.

Congress is debating the wrong things.

Every debate in Washington is about how much to increase spending – a little or a lot.

About how much to increase taxes – a little or a lot.

The President does a big “woe is me” over the $1.2 trillion sequester that he endorsed and signed into law. Some Republicans are joining him. Few people understand that the sequester doesn’t even cut any spending. It just slows the rate of growth. Even with the sequester, government will grow over $7 trillion over the next decade.

Only in Washington could an increase of $7 trillion in spending over a decade be called a cut.

So, what is the President’s answer? Over the past four years he has added over $6 trillion in new debt and may well do the same in a second term. What solutions does he offer? He takes entitlement reform off the table and seeks to squeeze more money out of the private sector.

He says he wants a balanced approach.

What the country really needs is a balanced budget.

Washington acts in a way that your family never could – they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem.

Tonight I urge you to demand a new course.

Demand Washington change their ways, or be sent home.

To begin with, we absolutely must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution!

The amendment must include strict tax and spending limitations.

Liberals complain that the budget can’t be balanced but if you cut just one penny from each dollar we currently spend, the budget would balance within six or seven years.

The Penny Plan has been crafted into a bill that millions of conservatives across the country support.

It is often said that there is not enough bipartisanship up here.

That is not true.

In fact, there is plenty.

Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses.

It is time for a new bipartisan consensus.

It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud.

Where would we cut spending; well, we could start with ending all foreign aid to countries that are burning our flag and chanting death to America.

The President could begin by stopping the F-16s and Abrams tanks being given to the radical Islamic government of Egypt.

Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really needs to be at least $4 trillion to avoid another downgrade of America’s credit rating.

Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess.

Bipartisanship is not what is missing in Washington. Common sense is.

Trillion-dollar deficits hurt us all.

Printing more money to feed the never-ending appetite for spending hurts us all.

We pay higher prices every time we go to the supermarket or the gas pump. The value of the dollar shrinks with each new day.

Contrary to what the President claims, big government and debt are not a friend to the poor and the elderly. Big-government debt keeps the poor poor and saps the savings of the elderly.

This massive expansion of the debt destroys savings and steals the value of your wages.

Big government makes it more expensive to put food on the table. Big government is not your friend. The President offers you free stuff but his policies keep you poor.

Under President Obama, the ranks of America’s poor swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out of work.

The cycle must be broken.

The willpower to do this will not come from Congress. It must come from the American people.

Next month, I will propose a five-year balanced budget, a budget that last year was endorsed by taxpayer groups across the country for its boldness, and for actually solving the problem.

I will work with anyone on either side of the aisle who wants to cut spending.

But in recent years, there has been no one to work with.

The President’s massive tax hikes and spending increases have caused his budgets to get ZERO votes in both houses of Congress. Not a single Democrat voted for the President’s budget!

But at least he tried.

Senate Democrats have not even produced a budget in the time I have been in office, a shameful display of incompetence that illustrates their lack of seriousness.

This year, they say they will have a budget, but after just recently imposing hundreds of billions in new taxes, they now say they will include more tax hikes in their budget.

We must stand firm. We must say NO to any MORE tax hikes!

Only through lower taxes, less regulation and more freedom will the economy begin to grow again.

Our party is the party of growth, jobs and prosperity, and we will boldly lead on these issues.

Under the Obama economy, 12 million people are out of work. During the President’s first term 800,000 construction workers lost their jobs and another 800,000 simply gave up on looking for work.

With my five-year budget, millions of jobs would be created by cutting the corporate income tax in half, by creating a flat personal income tax of 17%, and by cutting the regulations that are strangling American businesses.

The only stimulus ever proven to work is leaving more money in the hands of those who earned it!

For those who are struggling we want to you to have something infinitely more valuable than a free phone, we want you to have a job and pathway to success.

We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future.

We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities.

We must be the party that says, “If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.”

For those striving to climb the ladder of success we must fix our schools.

America’s educational system is leaving behind anyone who starts with disadvantages.

We have cut classroom size in half and tripled spending on education and still we lag behind much of the world.

A great education needs to be available for everyone, whether you live on country club lane or in government housing.

This will only happen when we allow school choice for everyone, rich or poor, white, brown, or black.

Let the taxes you pay for education follow each and every student to the school of your choice.

Competition has made America the richest nation in history. Competition can make our educational system the envy of the world.

The status quo traps poor children in a crumbling system of hopelessness.

When every child can, like the President’s kids, go to the school of their choice, then will the dreams of our children come true!

Washington could also use a good dose of transparency, which is why we should fight back against middle of the night deals that end with massive bills no one has read.

We must continue to fight for legislation that forces Congress to read the bills!

We must continue to object when Congress sticks special interest riders on bills in the dead of night!

And if Congress refuses to obey its own rules, if Congress refuses to pass a budget, if Congress refuses to read the bills, then I say:

Sweep the place clean. Limit their terms and send them home!

I have seen the inner sanctum of Congress and believe me there is no monopoly on knowledge there.

If they will not listen, if they will not balance the budget, then we should limit their terms.

We are the party that adheres to the Constitution. We will not let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment!

We will fight to defend the entire Bill of Rights from the right to trial by jury to the right to be free from unlawful searches.

We will stand up against excessive government power wherever we see it.

We cannot and will not allow any President to act as if he were a king.

We will not let any President use executive orders to impinge on the Second Amendment.

We will not tolerate secret lists of American citizens who can be killed without trial.

Montesquieu wrote that there can be no liberty when the executive branch and the legislative branch are combined. Separation of powers is a bedrock principle of our Constitution.

We took the President to court over his unconstitutional recess appointments and won.

If necessary, we will take him to court again if he attempts to legislate by executive order.

Congress must reassert its authority as the protector of these rights, and stand up for them, no matter which party is in power.

Congress must stand as a check to the power of the executive, and it must stand as it was intended, as the voice of the people.

The people are crying out for change. They are asking for us to hear their voices, to fix our broken system, to right our economy and to restore their liberty.

Let us tonight let them know that we hear their voices. That we can and must work together, that we can and must re-chart our course toward a better future.

America has much greatness left in her. We will begin to thrive again when we begin to believe in ourselves again, when we regain our respect for our founding documents, when we balance our budget, when we understand that capitalism and free markets and free individuals are what creates our nation’s prosperity.

Thank you and God Bless America.

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  • NWIGOP

    I don’t think I like him.

    • Susanna958

      How do you not like him? His speech was great.

      • NWIGOP

        I do not feel I can support him.

        • Howzah123

          I don’t think I like you

          Obvious troll is obvious

          • NWIGOP

            How am I a troll?

            • Howzah123

              Obvious troll is obvious

          • OneThinDime

            Just because someone doesn’t support Rand Paul doesn’t mean they are a troll. I don’t support him either.

            • Howzah123

              Neither of you have given a reason

              Hence trolling

              • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IDAKYMXLZIRLMLGEZJXV3AOO7E Vorlath

                They might be liberals. Liberals have no reason.

    • UnCL3

      most commies wouldn’t

      • NWIGOP

        Are you trying to say that I am a commie?

        • mike morrison

          What policies did he mention that you can’t support?

          • NWIGOP

            I mostly just can’t support him.

            • Rshill7

              He can support himself. He’s a vertebrate.

              • Kelly60

                ….you made me spew my coffee…

          • NWIGOP

            I ALSO DISLIKE HIS VIEWS ON FOREIGN POLICY.

            • CO2isGood

              Cap letters really do work….you have changed everybody elses opinions.

              • NWIGOP

                No, I was typing that on my Kindle and the CAPs lock was on.

      • blackbird

        LOL!

  • c4pfan

    Thank you. I am so cynical now. Nothing will come of it.

    • aposematic

      Hang in there c4pfan. One of these days, sooner rather than later I hope, the Conservatives and Libertarians will stop beating each other up and come to the realization that together they could rule the world by freeing all people from Big Gov. tyranny.

      • OneThinDime

        And the world will then take over the US. Libertarians do not support strong foreign policy.

  • aposematic

    Lower taxes and get rid of Regulations. Both the only thing that would even have half a chance to turn Obuma’s Marxist Party destruction around…so I won’t hold my breath.

  • Jim Botts

    So much for that Paul – Rubio rivalry over immigration. #idiotmedia

    • OneThinDime

      They both support amnesty.

  • Biggedd64

    Idk, they’re all selling us bullshit, but I know this, no such thing as hard work leading you to success in America, if that’s the case, there would be a bunch of rich and successful immigrants. And this dude is full of shit! Why do these clowns run for government jobs that they claim they want to eliminate? But whatever…

    • Aaron Shuman

      There are plenty of prosperous immigrants. Always have been.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000082179917 Susan Sherman

    Same old crap, just a different day. Why Don’t you listen to the presidents speech before you rant away. Go away Mr. Paul, you make me want to throw-up!

    • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

      You cannot be serious? Did you just raise your head from the sand?

    • UnCL3

      douche alert

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        Easy UnCL3. sorry, but there’s been a lot of newbies and trolls lately- want to keep it decent. Thanks.

    • mike morrison

      troll

  • http://twitter.com/CatherineBarre4 Catherine Barrett

    Wow the troll got here early … common sense and real solutions are hard .. too hard for Obama supporters or Obama to understand. Of course if your agenda is to destroy the U.S. then Obama is your guy.

    • mike3e4r7

      I was just thinking the same thing.

      • NWIGOP

        Yeah, I am hardly a newbie. I am pretty sure you don’t get what a troll is. I summed up my impression of Sen Paul.

        • Rshill7

          No, you did not sum up anything.

          • NWIGOP

            Indeed I did.

            • Rshill7

              I see. Yours is an attempt to redefine sum, summary and summation. Carry on.

              Can you also redefine anorexia while you’re at it?

              • NWIGOP

                My impression is that I do not like Paul’s delivery and I cannot see myself supporting him if he is a candidate for President of the United States in 2016. I came to that not only with his delivery of this speech but also the foreign policy speech he gave at the Heritage Foundation.

                • cabensg

                  I’ve been commenting here for quite a few years and I to do not want Rand Paul for president. I guess that makes me a troll to. I didn’t know not supporting a candidate put you in trolldum. His speech was good as have been all of his questioning in hearings. I also approve of most of his interviews. I wish he was my Senator but that’s as far as my support goes. Foreign policy, drug enforcement and immigration policies are issues I couldn’t support him on and they are three very important issues. I want a conservative not a libertarian.

                • NWIGOP

                  Indeed. Why he says he is not an isolationist i think he is naive when it comes to real world issues and we do not need that in his time where we are dealing with a possible nuclear Iran and/or North Korea. He questioned Kerry well but ultimately voted for his confirmation which tells me he can be tough but might have some trouble following through. I am not perhaops edging on the idea that marijuana legalization should be a state issue but I am currently still against its legalization. I know the conservative stance on immigration and I agree that our borders should be secure and that people should be punished for breaking the law but I am soft a but because I am of Mexican decent and I know the struggle my great grandparents went through in mexico and why they immigrated to the United States (legally). When I hear some of the stories they just remind me of my family, it makes me grateful to have been born in the United States and to be a citizen and also it give me a bit of understanding to those who take refuge in the United States.

                • crosshr

                  Now you give a better view of yourself for your fellow Scoopers. I am now able to learn the reason why you may not like Rand Paul, my mind changed from my first impression of you . As emotional as your answer this time for me, I could have never read your mind !

                  God Bless you Bro.

                • Gtrjag

                  I think Rubio may have the tendency to intervene to much and Ran Paul not enough. Rick Perry was my man. He understood the threats we faced, but also understood that we cannot force democracy on people that are not ready for it, nor should we be funding those who want tokill us. If I had to choose between Rubio and Paul right now I would Choose Paul, and its not even close.

                • NWIGOP

                  I would chose Rubio and its not even close.

                • Gtrjag

                  I understand your concern about foreign policy, but not drugs. I believe the war on drugs has led to an erosion of our civil liberties an expantion of Federal power over what should be a state issue.

          • NWIGOP

            Indeed I did.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVMVLN267XCY2HS5KL25QTQRKQ John

    Rand was great and once again upstaged water boy

    • NWIGOP

      I would say about equal.

  • Jaels_Song

    Hey RS! Your tweet make it onto Foxnation:

    Right Scoop @trscoop

    Obama just said we don’t need to ‘occupy’ other nations

    COOL! = )

  • john0832

    We need more people like Rand Paul in government. “By the people, for the people”

    • T4Ut

      “With my five-year budget, millions of jobs would be created by cutting the corporate income tax in half, by creating a flat personal income tax of 17%, and by cutting the regulations that are strangling American businesses.”

      Flat taxes – that’s Conservative Porn right there.

      • crosshr

        That would be something Rand learn from his father Ron, and I like it a whole lot.

  • Susanna958

    He was better than Rubio.

    • NWIGOP

      About equal

  • StandProudNow

    Poor delivery by Senator Rand. If you read the transcript w/o listening to him, the transcript is a lot more powerful.

    Delivery seem to be a problem for a lot of repubs. And that is not criticism. It takes training to be able to read a transcript and sound natural. It takes training to answer questions when interviewed by media. It takes training to come across well. I feel a LOT of republicans would really benefit from some professional training. This is not meant in a snarky way at all. But for most, appearing on national TV may not be the norm, and they may just need a wee bit of pointers.

    • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

      It cannot just be delivery. Obama’s oral abilities is just as lacking if not getting worse. There has to be more to it than that.

      • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

        Obama has the same trait a really good actor often has: no self-awareness whatsoever. It’s pure narcissism. It’s all a role to him, and he plays it unselfconsciously, like an idiot savant (I don’t mean he’s an idiot, just that that’s the mode he goes into when delivering a speech from the teleprompter).

        That’s why such a junior nobody from nowhere who clearly knows little about the job can make such a great impression. Most of us, when onstage, are thinking stupid stuff like, “what if I mess up my lines?” or “what if they don’t like me?” or “what if my voice cracks?”

        Obama is thinking, “Look at all these people here to listen to the most excellent me. This is the way it should always be.”

        • tshtsh

          Burrough, A. said “a person can have confidence yet be incompentent” for the reason(s) you stated K-Bob i.e. narcissism.

          • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

            That’s actors, in a nutshell.

            You wouldn’t trust an actor to figure out their own checkbook.

        • StrangernFiction

          Having absolutely no conscience has its advantages.

          • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

            Heh. No brain, no pain.

    • aposematic

      I agree in that both Rand Paul and Rubio presentation was sub par. On Rubio’s feed it was pointed out in the comments by K-Bob that the staging for both was just really bad (much more if you care to go and read it is worthwhile). Wondered how many times Rand had practiced reading that prompter as the flow was often off. Practice, practice, practice. Didn’t listen to all of Rubio’s because it kept cutting in and out. But both hit the points well and more of that is needed.

    • poljunkie

      What you say StandProud, rings true on many levels. If Gov Perry had prepared a little bit for the national stage and the debates…We may of just had an Inauguration for a different guy.
      Yes, we would still be complaining about some things—but he would be head and shoulders above the guy in the White House.

      Edit: typo

      • OneThinDime

        Well said! I hope Gov Perry is a candidate in 2016. He had done very well with TX and other states should sit up and take notice.

  • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

    Hmmm, if the GOP is the party that upholds the constitution, then where are the impeachment papers?

    • NWIGOP

      Where have they been from the TEA Party Republicans?

    • StrangernFiction

      The GOP is the party that gives cover to the ‘rats. False hope is as dangerous as no hope. The GOP is gone, and it’s way past time to let it go. Salvation, if it comes, will come first through the States or We the People.

      • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

        You are correct there. I do hope more people realize the disillusion of the GOP as a party that is willing to fight. Even the states seem to be wavering though with Obamacare, like Ohio and possibly Florida.

        The problems are deeper than politics can answer. They are part of the problem but they are not the solution.

  • poljunkie

    I thought the transcript read ok. We were trying to find it on television. We didn’t watch President 0 but we did watch Rubio. Im waiting for hubby to watch Rand here.

    No one showed Rand. I know some people in comments on another site said CNN showed him- not in our area…maybe that’s when they cut away to update the California “crisis”.

    By the time that was done, they were re-showing 0 speech.

    • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

      Beck’s channel on Dish Network carried all three speeches.

      Also, they interviewed Mike Lee afterward. That guy is really good.

      • poljunkie

        We are dishless. Most of the time we use paperplates.

        Seriously though, we have contemplated switching to Dish many times but it was tough to get our internet connected and fine tuned in our location (Satellite) – and it became so spotty that we had to back it up with the cables “version”.

        • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

          Cable-based internet is the best, thanks to broadband connections. Oddly enough, I rate the cellphone-based connections as second, and then satellite as third.

          We live out in the sticks, where the hills make it so cell towers have to be line of sight to give you any decent signal. We get two-and-a-half to three bars max, most days, yet it’s great for everything but watching movies over the web. I’d use satellite for that.

          But the TV reception here is pathetic, and there’s no cable. We’re lucky to have electric and phone out here, as it is. The Dish and DirectTV options work really well for viewing in HD.

          • poljunkie

            Interesting.

            When we first moved here the cable’s internet was sloooooow. But then people were still using dial up then. hahahha.

            They upgraded 3 or 4 years ago when NetFlix and others started offering streaming and that has really helped. …..But a lot of people have started using them for phone service as well- bundling- which has put a drag on them now.
            Time to upgrade….AGAIN.

            :-)

            We still have a land line- but our son—he only has a cell phone. The next generation!!! They barely talk anymore.

            • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

              But they sure do text!

              • poljunkie

                Drives me bat sh*t crazy K-B.

                My son 24, can be annoying re the text BUT He used to be soooo much worse… now that he grad-u-ated college and is and working…he isnt AS bad.

                One time a few years back- we had gone away for the weekend to a concert, and when we came out of the show, he checked his phone, and he didnt have any messages. He sighed. I said whats the prob? He said, I have textual frustration.

                I have to admit I laughed.

                • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

                  Funny!

                  I like texting, in general. I just don’t believe in carrying on protracted conversations with it. When the kids graduate, and have to get a job, that stuff slows down. When they have kids, they learn to use texting like I do: a way to avoid wasting ten minutes on a phone call.

                • poljunkie

                  Phone calls are girl things.

                  But …as I’ve gotten older, I dont even enjoy talking for long time periods like I did when I was youngster…..many many many many moons ago.

                • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

                  That’s odd, I was younger just yesterday.

                • poljunkie

                  I still feel young…AND Im not going without a fight.
                  Rock ‘n Roll rebel right here. K-B. ….(Still try to get in at least 3, 4 Skynyrd shows a year, and a variety of others) Seeing Keb Mo here, locally in a couple weeks.
                  But….When I think of how many years ago it was since I graduated HS….Yowsers.

                • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

                  Yep! I get that, too. My High School graduation was so long ago, I stopped having dreams about forgetting my homework years ago.

  • PatrickHenrysBody

    I don’t trust him as yet. I’m still wondering why he voted “Yea” on John F’ing Kerry’s confirmation for the SOS. Kerry was still going to get confirmed, but after Senator Paul raked Kerry over the coals, I thought for sure he would vote “Nay”. It just didn’t make any kind of sense to me.

    • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

      I know what you mean. I did enjoy reading what Rand Paul is saying, but a few of his votes, especially when it would make sense to toe the “line”. On the other hand, since Kerry was going to be confirmed anyway, it may be a tit-for-tat later down the road.

      I wish I could make sense of how this Senate works. On paper, sure, but in actuality it does become a head-scratcher.

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        Yeah. It’s a head-scratcher alright. The song, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” gives me pause when I think of politicians who cannot stand on principle. By his actions at Kerry’s confirmation hearing, Senator Paul indicated to me that he did not approve of how Kerry viewed foreign policy. His “Yea” vote showed me that he changed his mind, which is his prerogative. However, that made him appear fickle in my eyes.

        • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

          I did not see the hearing and no way of excusing the guy. Is it possible that he just wanted to let Kerry know that though he is voting for him, Paul just does not like the Kerry’s policies? I have seen that happen many times.

          However, I cannot complain much. I am still irritated by Sen. Coats vote to increase my taxes though he said he was against them. There must be something in that water they drink up there.

          • PatrickHenrysBody

            I know you’re not excusing him, PuritanD71. It is possible that he was using the hearing as a forum to air his grievances against Kerry. I just get frustrated at politicians who don’t stand for something and change their minds inexplicably. Sorry about your senator voting to up your taxes. I guess being against something and actually voting for it are two different things. I am very irritated at my senators too. Their voting records as of late have been less than stellar in my view and they have shown shades of establishment GOP by their actions.

            • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

              Here, here!!!

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVMVLN267XCY2HS5KL25QTQRKQ John

          ugh, it was a cabinet nomination, hardly a big deal. Rand believes a president should get to pick his cabinet

          • PatrickHenrysBody

            John, my point is that if he doesn’t agree with a nomination, he should have the wherewithal to vote against the nomination. He may believe that a President gets to pick his own cabinet, but it doesn’t mean he has to agree with the selection or vote for that selection. In my eyes, all Senator Paul succeeded in doing with the Kerry confirmation is show that he talks a good talk, but cannot go any further than that. It made him appear as if he was grandstanding. He certainly acted like he had some big problems with Kerry’s foreign policy views, but his vote didn’t make any sense to me. In my opinion, his vote for Kerry went contrary to his actions at the confirmation hearing. It is my view that if he can’t stand on principle when little things present themselves, he may not do so on the big things as well.

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVMVLN267XCY2HS5KL25QTQRKQ John

              He probably hates all the nominations the president makes but he believes the president should be able to pick his cabinet

              • StrangernFiction

                Then he should have said exactly that.

                • ellengba

                  His job is advice and consent. He offered both.

              • OneThinDime

                Then Rand Paul is as much a dictator as Obama and wouldn’t want the Senate inquiring of his cabinet posts either.

          • notsofastthere

            When the cabinet the president picks is out to help O destroy America, does that mean the opposition team must vote them in?
            Ask Ted Kennedy and Progs if they feel the same way about nominations.

            • StrangernFiction

              They aren’t the opposition team. Once you understand that, it all makes sense.

          • OneThinDime

            It is the Senate’s responsibility to stand up for the people on these nominations. If cabinet posts were simply political eye-candy, perhaps but they play vital roles and are in positions to significantly weaken our country.

          • cabensg

            My personal opinion on that…poppycock! Why bother with a hearing then. Just let him pick and that’s it. There are hearings so you can get rid of the traitorous garbage like Kerry. Maybe Rand should tell that to Democrats. When have Democrats ever let a Republican president pick a cabinet member without a thorough reaming.

    • RocklinConservative

      I like a lot of what I hear from him. But I, too, was baffled by his Kerry vote as well so will follow him to see if he stays true to his words or not. I am leery of politicians who get the limelight spouting conservative values and then abandon them once they take the stage. My spider senses tuned and waiting.

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        You have just cause to be leery, RocklinConservative. We don’t want somebody who will be more than willing to abandon his/her principles for the sake of political expediency. If someone can boldly and defiantly resist the leftists, lobbyists, and special interest groups in D.C.; articulate his/her position when it comes to conservatism, and then unwaveringly adhere to his/her conservative principles, that/those person(s) will interest me. So far, too many so-called “conservatives” change their positions and compromise their principles once they get to D.C. and become exposed to the temptations that present themselves there.

    • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

      These guys have to be careful with a “nay” vote. You don’t cast a nay at “consent” time unless you have reservations about the competence of a candidate, or whether he is embroiled in something that will bring embarrassment on the country or make it impossible to do the job.

      Or if you have unanswered questions about his decisions.

      Kerry, for all his faults, is at the very least, as qualified for the job as Hillary Clinton, and all these guys know everything there is to know about his “decisions” none of which have been as a director of any agency.

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        Well Senator Paul certainly acted like he had some reservations. I guess Kerry addressed his concerns to his satisfaction then. I’m assuming that the fact that we have a traitor as SOS and who is no friend to our military does not concern Senator Paul. He worked with the man on the Senate floor and obviously knows him better than us laypeople, I suppose. Kerry being anywhere close to the office of President at any time sends chills up and down my spine. Knowing that Kerry cannot go back to the Senate to craft and approve of more irresponsible legislation provides some comfort. He certainly is as qualified as Hillary to occupy Zero’s SOS cabinet position. Why am I NOT comforted by that reality?

        • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

          Something about the “comity” rules in the Senate seems to make those guys overlook things form a person’s distant past. Look how much they loved Ted “Whoops, the bridge moved!” Kennedy.

          But it’s fair game to hammer the person in hearings, provided it’s done by asking questions. At least, that how it seems to go.

          • cabensg

            Makes me sick to my stomach……..but your probably right and if so it needs to be changed.

          • PatrickHenrysBody

            So true on Chappaquiddick Teddy, K-Bob. Thank you for reminding me. I’m glad Senator Paul asked the questions, at least. It was interesting to note that John F’ing Kerry didn’t directly answer any of them, which comes from years of dodging, deflecting, and doublespeak. Kerry is an extremely mendacious individual.

        • cabensg

          Kerry’s credentials have nothing to do with his actions as a politician and everything to do with his traitorous actions as a Vietnam vet. He should never have been in the Congress to begin with. His voting record is rift with votes that are supposedly the opposite of what Rand says he believes so in that sense and if that’s what Rand used as a yardstick he should have voted nay.

          • PatrickHenrysBody

            Yes cabensg, if the rule of law would have been adhered to in regards to Kerry, that man would never have been around to run for any kind of political office. You brought up a good point: Senator Paul has to know about Kerry’s voting record, since he worked with him in the U.S. Senate. To expand on your point, if Paul knows that Kerry will further damage our country, not as a U.S. Senator but as the SOS, why did he vote Kerry in? As I previously said, Senator Paul may believe that a President gets to choose his cabinet, but that doesn’t mean he has to automatically agree that Kerry or any other cabinet member is the right person for the job. Why have an up or down vote then? It is evident that Paul had doubts that John F’ing Kerry was the right person. With that being said, perhaps another reason that Paul voted to confirm Kerry was that he deduced any other person Zero would have chosen might have been significantly worse than Kerry. Worse than Kerry. That is a very alarming thought.

      • StrangernFiction

        The more incompetent the Marxist the better. We want the most incompetent Marxists with the most baggage, that can bring the most embarrassment to their cause.

        Evil and clever is a bad combination.

        • crosshr

          North Korea have a ” President “. lol

        • PatrickHenrysBody

          Good slant on the issue there, StrangernFiction. I am all for effecting the maximum amount of embarrassment on Zero and his regime. Zero does a fine job at making himself look like a horse’s @$$ on a regular basis. The b00bs in his administration only make him look worse. With Kerry and Hagel, he is well on his way to breaking previous records of idiotic actions committed by him and his administration.

    • Amjean

      I sent his office an email asking that very question and the reply I received signed by Rand Paul was something like “I believe the president should be able to
      pick his own cabinet”. Then he said that he would continue to monitor the
      state department’s activities and to make sure they were not wasting money.”
      He also stated that he disagreed with many of Kerry’s policies.

      I think they wanted Kerry out of the senate where he was causing all sorts
      of trouble (was he on the senate foreign relations committee or something
      like that?). They know that whomever Obama put in there was only going to
      do the work of Obama, not themselves. Thus, by moving Kerry out of the
      senate they eliminated a larger problem. That is my take.

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        Ah, sorry Amjean. I was responding to K-Bob and noticed your response. I kinda gave my reply to you with the reply I gave to K-Bob. Thank you for sharing the response you received from Senator Paul. I appreciate your take on the matter. I’m glad the State Department will be monitored, as if that will do any good against an administration that gets away with continual unconstitutional and criminal activity. I am concerned about wasting taxpayer money; however, I am also concerned with John F’ing Kerry’s decision-making process, which as you have pointed out, reflects the decision-making process of Zero. How this country survives through the next four years will truly be breathtaking.

        • Amjean

          I wonder also how this country survives 4 more years!! We have no check and balance system. The rino repubs put up almost no fight against the lefties (unless it is Kabuki theatre) which makes me believe they are of like minds. The media is corrupt and doesn’t say anything negative about this regime.

          Right now only a few are speaking out. Hopefully, more as time goes on
          and Obama’s lustre starts wearing off for the “not paying attention” crowd.

          Until then, as Dennis Miller would say, concerning Rand Paul, “I like the cut of his jib”. He stood up to Hillary and with all the power she yields,
          that took some guts. I trust Rand Paul to have someone from his office
          “shadow”, if you will, all Kerry’s decisions. Who, from the repub side,
          “shadowed” Hillary? Noone.

      • notsofastthere

        Kerry I think is replaced with Mendez as chairman of Foreign Relations. He is under investigation for bribery and child prostitution – what a great replacement, eh?
        Any Kerry replacement won’t make the Senate run any better.

  • Veritatus

    This guy is one of the only people in Washington who seems to have a brain. If you don’t like him, you’re an idiot or a suicidal GOPster. What I don’t like is Karl Rove and the fake Conservatives who aren’t conservative at all, just big-spending liberals pretending to be conservative.

    • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

      Leftists do “like.” We make decisions. Rand needs to earn our vote, just like any other contender.

    • OneThinDime

      Well I guess I’m a suicidal GOPster. I will NEVER support a candidate that views illegals as undocumented citizens or believes in any pathway to citizenship. They have violated the laws of our country and throw it in our faces daily. I personally am sick of paying higher taxes because of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    His delivery did not appeal to me..

    • RocklinConservative

      What about the words … what he was trying to get across?

      • NWIGOP

        Rubio got me in delivery and words

        • Rshill7

          Oh…swooooooon.

    • Rocco11

      His voice is very whiney, it grates on my nerves.

      • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

        By historical accounts, Abraham Lincoln’s voice was thin and high-pitched.

  • 3seven77

    “I have seen the inner sanctum of Congress and believe me there is no monopoly on knowledge there.”

    BEST LINE OF THE NIGHT.

    • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

      I liked:

      “He says he wants a balanced approach.

      What the country really needs is a balanced budget.”

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    Rand’s points were very good. But again, he needs some help with his delivery.

    Also, he reminds me of Rep. Paul Ryan. Comes across as a bit of a scold. If he worked on his delivery, his jokes would be delivered with “joke timing.” Instead, he just plows through them like words he’s reading.

    The good news is, his humor is very ascerbic and cuts deep. Even when using his delivery. Rubio had him beat on timing and emphatic stuff. But Rubio had the flop sweats, so it’s a wash.

    I want to see Allen West deliver a speech, in front of a large audience, rebutting the next Obama speech.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVMVLN267XCY2HS5KL25QTQRKQ John

      There is nothing wrong with his delivery, it’s flawless and substantial with things like numbers and people being quoted rather than vague crap about the middle class you get from most in the GOP

      • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

        You mean he didn’t make any mistakes in his reading and speaking. Sure.

        His delivery was acceptable. Which is fine if you are only going to run for congress.

        • ellengba

          Gee he’ll get better. Bobby Jindal got better. So far I recall Jinal, McDonnell, Bachmann, Rubio, and Paul giving responses. Rand Paul’s speech was fine. Better to give a fine speech than a speech that distracts from your message.

          • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

            I hope he gets better. Like Gov. Perry, Rand Paul is excellent in an interview setting. He is not up to snuff yet on delivering at the podium at the Presidential level. That’s okay, too. Not all of our greatest conservatives have to be President. We have several potential candidates who can deliver really solid performances at the podium. But it’s like going from college basketball to the NBA. It really does take a much more professional approach to the preparation and delivery of the speech.

    • colliemum

      I have to agree in regard to his delivery.
      It is always a bad sign when the speech reads better than when heard.

      I don’t see anything wrong in politicians getting some schooling in how to deliver a speech.
      Margaret Thatcher used a voice coach to make her voice sound less shrill before she ran in 1979. She was, of course, lambasted for that – but oh boy, did it work well for her!

      But let’s be clear: a good delivery is not the be-all-and-end-all! Take three recent examples where smooth delivery hid a huge amount of nastiness: Tony Blair – BHO – Dave Cameron …

      • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

        She certainly did well with that!

        Stalin was also really great at making speeches. Look at how well a good delivery works: you can get people to destroy your country and kill millions in the process.

        Seems like it ought to be a cinch to follow Thatcher and Reagan’s example, and use excellent oratory to sell liberty and responsibility.

    • OneThinDime

      We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future.

      We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities.

      We must be the party that says, “If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.”

      This country has always welcomed LEGAL immigrants. We should not EVER accept that someone illegally entering our country is welcome. If they violate our border, what else will they violate? Paul is trying to guilt American taxpayers into picking up the tab, once again, for those that violate our trust and borders. NEVER AGAIN is what was promised in the Reagan 1986 Amnesty.

      I agree with you K-Bob, would love to see Allen West deliver a rebuttal to an Obama speech.

      • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

        You are totally correct on the legal/illegal thing.

        I found a really good, long-form article by Steven Malanga at the indispensable City Journal, which does a very thorough job talking about a favorite subject of mine: that republicans stop using the language of the left.

        It also makes your points well, and does so in a solid, historical context. (If Scoop has an open thread up, I’ll link to it there, too.)

  • Amjean

    WOW! Someone I can agree with.

  • Kordane

    Quote: “What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith”

    Except for the fact that Robin Hood was a protector of property rights. He returned property to its rightful owners (those who had produced it) from the thieving government that had stolen it from them. Robin Hood was actually a policeman, because it is a policeman’s job to retaliate against thieves and to return stolen wealth to its rightful owners.

    No, Rand. What America needs right now is Robin Hood, because Robin Hood would retaliate against this thieving government, and would return the stolen wealth to its rightful owners.

    • ellengba

      I think I’ll agree with Paul, because Adam Smith was the father of modern economics. Robin Hood was thief, so certainly Adam Smith theories would help more people then Robin Hood.

      My modern I mean classical economic theory developed in the 1700s.

      • Kordane

        Policemen aren’t thieves. Champions of property rights are not thieves. Robin Hood was no thief.

        A thief is someone who takes property from its rightful owner, ie. the individual who produced it.

        The government didn’t produce any of the property it stole through taxation.

        It was right for Robin Hood to take back that property from the government, and return it to its rightful owners. The government had no right to seize it in the first place. Just as this government has no right to tax us in the first place. Taxation is a violation of our unalienable individual rights. The government should have been funded voluntarily from the beginning.

        Even if you don’t accept that, then you might accept the argument that the government still takes far more from some people than they get back from government in services. Government is a massive rip off for richer folk who are forced to pay more. It’s unjust because they’re being charged more for something than it’s actually worth.

        • ellengba

          Okay you’re a little out there. Robin Hood is fiction character who I’ve never seen or read of as a policeman.

          So you live in a world were government has no authority to tax and Robin Hood is a policeman. Okay. Good to know, I will not bother you again.

          • crosshr

            lol ! Aye ! I’m beginning to think Robin Hood !

          • Kordane

            The story of Robin Hood has been twisted to turn him from a champion of property rights, into a Marxist re-distributor of wealth from rich to poor.

            If you think about what the story is actually about, then you’ll see that I’m right in what I said.

            A lot of these distortions have been automatized in the culture, so you have to be capable of thinking for yourself and forming your own judgements.

            On the tax thing – No, if we have unalienable individual rights, then this implies that the government has no right to forcibly tax anyone. If the founders were 100% consistent with those rights, then they would have funded government by voluntary donation, and other voluntary methods.

    • crosshr

      Dey. K. you spin me a different angle, I’m not confused, just gotten impressed, cool !

  • chatterbox365

    Much better speech than Rubio’s. I liked that Paul’s speech included everyone and not just middle class. I’m part of the middle class, but I am sick of hearing about the middle class. Our conservative principles benefit everyone, not just one specific class of people.

    • ryanomaniac

      I was thinking the same thing when I first woke this morning. Glad to see someone got to it before I did.

  • RobertMahoney

    Wow, the Rove trolls are in full teardown mode.

  • new_jersey_usa

    Rand, please consider not using the power of the office you may seek to overturn Roe v Wade. That single policy decision alone will cause your defeat at the ballot box, and we will absolutely lose our country. Save the USA first, I beg you. Discourage abortion. No federal funds. Education. Access to birth control. Anything but trying to make abortion illegal. I have no personal interest in the abortion issue. I only want you to win your campaign in 2016, and it is a guaranteed loser if you do not reconsider, for the greater good, this single policy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.hanrattyjacobs Julie Hanratty-Jacobs

    Summarization of the State of the Union speech…….

    If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
    Ronald Reagan

  • Myptofvu

    Where was Rand’s speech? I saw Obama (well actually I didn’t I kept switching the channel till he was over) and I watched Rubio but here was no mention of Rand. Where did they air his response?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDJGRV2MMCB6P2ZYTUZW6BHFVA Richard

    Rand, just stay away from the social issues. We must allow church and family to handle what is outside the Constitution, although I realize the degradation of our moral values is responsible for our fiscal issues. Unfortunately, the sensitive females are voting on the social issues and not the fiscal future for us and future generations. They are getting fluked.

    • Conniption Fitz

      Polls said women were more interested in jobs, economy, morals, law and order than sex and contraception.

      Sorry, men.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.andrada Christina Myers-Andrada

    It hought Rubio was the TP darling? Why did they part ways? I don’t care for either man, but if I had to make a choice: Rubio.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.lusby.9 Paula Lusby

    You are all the same, none is good. You all want to hear yourselves talk but you are all letting this Country die. The rest of the world is laughing at America, they can see that the whole bunch of you are justt beating your gums. You are all elected and everyone is replaceable, just wasting time while obummer flushes what’s left of this country down the toilet, spending mney that doesn’t belong to him, isn’t that called stealing. Thou shall not steal? When we stand before the judge that created this earth AND THE BOOKS ARE OPENED, WHAT WILL BE SAID ?
    We the people you all serve see right through you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paula.lusby.9 Paula Lusby

      You are all the same, none is good. You all want to hear yourselves talk but you are all letting this Country die. The rest of the world is laughing at America, they can see that the whole bunch of you are justt beating your gums. You are all elected and everyone is replaceable, just wasting time while obummer flushes what’s left of this country down the toilet, spending mney that doesn’t belong to him, isn’t that called stealing. Thou shall not steal? When we stand before the judge that created this earth AND THE BOOKS ARE OPENED, WHAT WILL BE SAID ?
      We the people you all serve see right through you.

  • snopercod

    I noticed a lot of errors and omissions in the transcript. Those need to be corrected.

  • armyvet10

    In an effort to achieve full disclosure on this thread topic, let me first say that I didn’t watch the State of the Union Address. For personal reasons that I won’t go into, I refuse to watch the pomp and circumstance of a politician / celebrity wanna be. Now to Rand Paul.

    I listened to the entire video clip and was disappointed that questions either weren’t entertained (I dislike this term) There are some clarifications that I need to hear. Having said this, it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t support Mr. Paul, but I need a better understanding of a couple of issues.

    The first is the immigration issue. I am all for immigration reform, but not at accepting a default citizen approach that rewards those that have cheated their way in. This is in essence rewarding people for breaking the law. In the effort to reform immigration, I believe a more stern effort in documentation must happen as well. Of course the current administration doesn’t even want to enforce legal ID for voting, so I am not sure how Mr. Paul would calm these concerns for me.

    Second is exactly how isolated, or how much of an isolationism approach is Mr. Paul suggesting. We do not need to wait until we have to sacrifice 29,000 + soldiers storming a beach because it “wasn’t our problem” just so an evil regime can build a defense that would invoke this kind of sacrifice to get a foot hold and then move forward to take down someone like Hitler. Contrasting this to the Iraq war; approximately 4800 American military have died in the Iraq war. This is over a period of 5 years or more. The D-day invasion lasted 1 day. My mother once taught me that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I do believe we must be more cautious in our decisions of using military force, but we must never allow evil to prevail against us. (that being the U.S.)

    As for the rest, I agree with almost everything Mr. Paul said, especially about the balanced budget and the transparency. As far as his ability to be smooth while on the podium, well we don’t need a polished sales man like the President, we need an honest person regardless of how flashy or un-flashy they may be.

    • NHConservative0221

      Good post.

      As for immigration, I think Rand will kind of go along with this amnesty type nonsense with the caveat that every few years the issue will be required to be re-voted on based on border security. In other words he’s ok with some of the illegals undergoing a naturalization process but if the border security isn’t happening than the natuaralization has to stop. I just listend to Rand on Beck and I think that was the gist of what he said. Not ideal for me but pretty much the whole GOP sucks on illegal immigration, at least with re-voting based on border security it’s better than most of the garbage out there.

      Unfortunately I think Rand is alot like his daddy on foreign policy but not maybe quite as crazy. I don’t think containment works, especially with radical Islam. I thought about being done with Rand after I read 911infidel’s post about this over the weekend HOWEVER:

      compare the Rand giving the Tea Party response to Rubio giving the GOPe response:

      Rand: 5 year plan to balance the budget by cutting corporate income tax in half, 17% flat tax, and cutting regulations

      Rubio: 10 year plan of growing economy at 4 % that may work over 10 years. —so if a 2 term president is term limited the next president can just change everything.

      So while Rand is not my ideal candidate I’d much rather have a Tea Party guy making some serious reform instead of the same old GOPe nonsense.

    • ellengba

      Checkout Senator Rand Paul: Restoring the Founders’ Vision of Foreign Policy – Heritage Foundation 2/6/2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dxmH3MW8zA

      He is not an isolationist. His speech explains his approach to foreign policy.

      • armyvet10

        1st let me clarify what I said. I never stated he was an isolationist, but asked the question how isolated does he propose we should be. I did go to the you tube web site you provided and listened to the entire 23 min 59 sec video and while Mr. Paul said some inspiring words pertaining to Radical Islam, and pointed to the Containment policy used against the former Soviet Union, the point of when to turn from Diplomacy to harsher methods was not addressed. Mr. Paul did state that a military option should never be taken off the table, but didn’t put into detail exactly as to what point this should happen. I do disagree with Mr. Paul’s position on Israel and our providing military assets to help them defend themselves. Israel has their own unique issues, both good and bad, but the position they are in at this time warrants help against those that are actively seeking their destruction, mainly Iran. Towards the end Mr. Paul casts doubts to Iran’s current nuclear capabilities. With this being said, we also are now facing a hostile would be Hitler in North Korea. Mr. Paul did fail to recognize that during the cold war against the former Soviet Union we had help in putting pressure on the USSR via China. This has all changed and now China and the former Soviet Union are working together to further weaken the United States. So my question at this point would be with the exception of economic sanctions against Iran, knowing we will get no support from China, Russia or the UN, how does Mr. Paul suggest we deal with countries like Iran? I do not think he answered this very well.

        • ellengba

          I agree with you questions remain. Still I thought his speech was thoughtful and laid some new ground. I look forward to him give more speeches and more op’eds to explain his positions.

          I do think it is nice that he is putting out serious positions.

    • OneThinDime

      Great post and I agree with everything you outlined!

      Here’s a recent Washington Post article where Paul identifies illegals as “undocumented citizens” (paragraph 5). Sums up his immigration thoughts for me. Cheaters win, taxpayers pay.

      Rand Paul “undocumented citizens” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/11/from-illegals-to-taxpayers/#.URlN6nKz8e0.twitter

      • ellengba

        That looks like an error. In the same paragraph he also writes undocumented persons. He uses the phrase undocumented persons again, but not undocumented citizens. Plus since he explains there path to citizenship it seems clear he does not already view them as citizens.

        “I would normalize them at a rate of about 2 million per year. I would start with Dream Act kids, children brought here illegally as minors. Normalization would get them a temporary visa, but would not put them ahead of anyone already waiting to enter the country. These undocumented persons would now be documented, but they would still have to wait in line like everyone else. Their path to permanent legal status would be no faster than those currently waiting in line.”

        Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/11/from-illegals-to-taxpayers/#.URlN6nKz8e0.twitter#ixzz2KnneBigF
        Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

        • OneThinDime

          I don’t believe it is an error at all. His “pathway to citizenship” confirms he views them as citizens who are undocumented. Rewarding illegal behavior is reprehensible. He’s another politician looking for the minority vote while Americans and legal immigrants continue to pay for them. Heritage estimates the cost at $2.6 Trillion + $2 Trillion more for their ObamaCare.

          We have 23 million American unemployed that are costing taxpayers trillions to support through food stamps, welfare, unemployment. We need to deport 100% and hire Americans.

          And Rubio was outed by the Daily Caller on his con job. http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/13/rubios-anti-sotu-dissembles-on-amnesty/

  • wodiej

    Good stuff.

  • misterlogic0013

    not my guy .. weak ..

  • misterlogic0013

    Sarah = reality .. her responses packed more punch than both Rino Rubio, fake Tea Party Paul .. when are men going to be men again ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3V2BVIDXBB7HOKPRQRZCBZH74 TIMERUNNER

    Excellent speech, Mr Paul’s response to the problem is right on.
    Thanks Tea Party Express, Rep. Paul, and Right Scoop.
    Our surrender as is not an option if we Americans are going to defend our freedom and liberty.

    Tea Party Patriot

  • ObozoMustGo

    The leftist freaks hate Rand Paul because if they actually listen to him, they know he speaks the truth. And leftist freaks despise the truth because it does not work toward supporting their cause of converting America into a socialist utopia. To convince people to give up their freedoms and liberties for security requires, by definition, that they be lied to. Unfortunately, there are too many Americans that have bought the lies. And many are too stupid to recognize it. And there are already too many mendicants that vote for a living to alter the direction of this ship.

    Have a nice day!

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” – Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung

    • Conniption Fitz

      Even the Russians are appalled by Obama’s destructive policies and have bought 570 tons of GOLD to offset the destruction of the dollar by Obama and the FED.

  • BikerHoop

    Okay, so in his speech he brings up DuhOne’s “recess appointments” as having been ruled unconstitutional. So What? Has anything changed? Have those people consequently lost their jobs? Have all the regulations they instituted been rescinded? I haven’t heard anything about it. So what they actually saying is, “That action was unconstitutional, we just want you to know that. We’re not going to change anything but try real hard not to do it again, okay?” What a crock!

    • OneThinDime

      Exactly! Maybe I missed it but I didn’t see anything in either Rubio or Paul’s speeches about giving Obama an unlimited credit card by lifting the debt ceiling for months.

  • NHConservative0221

    I think Rand is alot like his dad in terms of being a paleocon like 911infidel wrote over the weekend. Rand is just more well spoke and doesn’t let all the crazy talk come out his mouth like RuPaul does.

    That being said right now I’d still support Rand over Rubio.

    Look at their speeches from last night:

    Rubio is taking in general terms, sounds like Romney and McCain from the last 2 elections.

    Rand Paul is talking about some real cuts like a 17% flat tax and reducing the corporate tax.

    So despite Rand’s uneasy foreign policy and talking about containment last week, we need someone to make some serious cuts instead of the the sugarcoated business as usual GOPe talk. Just look at the start of Rubio’s speech saying how he’s not concerned about the rich, but the middle class — standard GOPe buying into the class warfare garbage.

    No one is perfect, but I stand with Rand over Rubio. I mean Rand is giving the Tea Party response and Rubio is giving the GOPe response. That should really tell you all you need to know.

    • Conniption Fitz

      I’d like to see Cruz on a ticket in 2016.

      • NHConservative0221

        I agree. Cruz seems great. I’d also love for Sarah to run but I don’t think she will.

        The only thing I don’t like about Rand is I think he’s alot more similar to Ron on foreign policy than he will admit.

        However given a choice between Rand and the GOPe Rubio: I’m going with Rand and I’ll knock on doors for him in the primary to beat the GOPe.

        • ellengba

          Do you like our current foreign policy?

          I think the current policy is a consistent policy from Bush 1 through Obama. We need a course change. We need a post Cold War foreign policy that does not break our back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.chappars Mike Chappars

    It is funny that he says “For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work.” when he owes all his success to who his father is… Typical Republican double-talk.

    • NHConservative0221

      Seriously?

      So no one can ever get any credit for doing things the right way and working hard if they have a successful parent?

    • ellengba

      You do understand that he was making the point that the United States was a country that would not have hereditary titles, nobility, royalty, aristocracy, peers, etc.

      This is a country where rich people children can fail.

  • Conniption Fitz

    100% unadulterated truth, reason, logic and conservative foundational thought backed up by evidence.

    The media won’t get it, will try to mock, deride and distort it.

  • Kelly60

    The speech was very good…but I have become so distrusting of politicians. So many go to Washington, hat in hand, to do service for their constituents and next we see them…no hands to be seen because they’re under the table…

  • ellengba

    It seems early to think about 2016, but Rand Paul has my attention.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

    This was a better response overall with the exception of his immigration response.

    Listen up GOP: If you want us to support immigration reform stop accusing us of being anti-immigrant! I have heard no one be anti-immigrant but pro rule of law. Demonizing us, brow beating us, will not get the support you seek and will only breed resentment and contempt.

    • NHConservative0221

      I agree, here is my response to armyvet posted below:

      Good post.

      As for immigration, I think Rand will kind of go along with this amnesty type nonsense with the caveat that every few years the issue will be required to be re-voted on based on border security. In other words he’s ok with some of the illegals undergoing a naturalization process but if the border security isn’t happening than the natuaralization has to stop. I just listend to Rand on Beck and I think that was the gist of what he said. Not ideal for me but pretty much the whole GOP sucks on illegal immigration, at least with re-voting based on border security it’s better than most of the garbage out there.

      Unfortunately I think Rand is alot like his daddy on foreign policy but not maybe quite as crazy. I don’t think containment works, especially with radical Islam. I thought about being done with Rand after I read 911infidel’s post about this over the weekend HOWEVER:

      compare the Rand giving the Tea Party response to Rubio giving the GOPe response:

      Rand: 5 year plan to balance the budget by cutting corporate income tax in half, 17% flat tax, and cutting regulations

      Rubio: 10 year plan of growing economy at 4 % that may work over 10 years. —so if a 2 term president is term limited the next president can just change everything.

      So while Rand is not my ideal candidate I’d much rather have a Tea Party guy making some serious reform instead of the same old GOPe nonsense.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

        Trouble is revisiting the issue every few years won’t happen and really shows where Rand is new. There is politics and governing. Politics is what you have to play to govern…unfortunately. Politics will never ever allow that issue to be revisited by either party. Not in a million years.

      • OneThinDime
    • OneThinDime

      Thank you for your response!

  • PVG

    “For those who are struggling we want to you to have something infinitely more valuable than a free phone, we want you to have a job and pathway to success.”
    What a concept! How far we have fallen…………

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001226073806 Gary Mitidiero

    Senator Paul has a huge uphill battle before him. I appreciate his efforts and will support him. While we need to hold Paul’s feet to the fire, just like any other politician, let’s not shoot ourselves in the feet by being overly critical and giving the lefties opportunities they don’t deserve.

    Rand Paul may very well be our best opportunity. If we stick together anywhere near as well as the left, we’ll succeed.

    • cabensg

      The left doesn’t need any opportunities given to them. Every post here could have been high praise. Every blog could have been cheering. None of it matters. If Rand or anyone says anything that makes sense and is in opposition to Obama they will be attacked. The time for vetting and opinion is now, so I say have at it.

  • Rocco11

    I give Rand credit, he knows Rubio is a squish, so he had to step forward.

  • OneThinDime

    “We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities.” Well Sen Paul, I’d like to see which of Reagan’s illegals that he granted amnesty too are now on the public welfare and food stamp programs. They are a LIABILITY to American taxpayers!

  • ellengba

    I sure hope the fat man from New Jersey and Rubio both get in the race so we can see the moderates fight it out for once. While the conservatives unite behind a solid candidate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Maggie.Thomas.24 Maggie Thomas

    clapping like a crazy! I just loved it. Plain spoken even a liberal can understand this. Still clapping.

  • ellengba

    Well I’ve listen to Rubio and Paul, and I read Palin’s tweets.

    Rubio is clearly an establishment republican arguing at the margins. He wants to manage our decline, but offers no bold ideas.

    I certainly hope he does not seek the Republican nomination.

  • Dodoforever Canspell

    I have always liked Rand Paul. He is his own person and furthermore, the sins of the father should never be visited on their sons. Not that I don’t like his father. If not for his wacky stand on Israel, Ron Paul’s opinions on everything else are A+.
    You guys need a third party like a lost man in the Sahara desert needs water…even a drop of it. We have three parties here in Canada and it works just beautifully for us.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ICC7IHFDOOAIE2ZCYKBQ7BCQFA The Bean

    Rand has such command of the facts and is not afraid to speak the truth….I like him more and more all the time. I think he really blew Rubio out of the water.

    Neither can compare to Obama who is in a totally different catagory…..I call it the “In your face lying fantasy bull$*!t” catagory.

  • thegoodeg eg

    I like a lot, but not all, of what he has to say.
    Problem is he is virtually alone in Congress, thus powerless to affect change.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Great content. I’d like to see a little more passion out of him… but a fine rebuttal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560363102 Jack Leonard

    Seems like Rand Paul is the ONLY one in congress that is willing to speak the truth.

  • DebbyX

    He had me at Term Limits!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/baysidegolfclub Bayside GolfClub

    Can’t we just say it “OBAMA IS A CENTRAL PLANNER — A COMMUNIST”
    That’s what he is, that’s what he’s advocating, it doesn’t work. Never has, never will – why doesn’t he get it yet? Is he stupid or what? Fair question!

  • Malkiel_kol_hakavod_la_el

    One must understand that obama is not a rational he is mentally disturbed as are all that believe in him… obama does not care for one second what made america once great or what should be done to keep this country from self destruction.. As for the congress 75% of them in both parties are delusionally Insane….

    And all politicians that are republican or conservative need to stop using PC words like “I don’t think it will work” that leaves it open for debate and one can say it just might work!! when it’s so beyond obvious “It Will Not Work”….

    Congress had been corrupted for 30 plus years by democrat rule and democrat rule making… The congress of today is a result of 30 plus years of democrat reign and
    a republican lack of understanding the democrat party once out of power and the republican spineless attitude toward running a congress…

    The united states fate is most likely doomed because of the over whelming dumbed down american people that opened the door twice to the self destruction we are now faced with…

  • Malkiel_kol_hakavod_la_el

    One must understand that obama is not a rational he is mentally disturbed as are all that believe in him… obama does not care for one second what made america once great or what should be done to keep this country from self destruction.. As for the congress 75% of them in both parties are delusionally Insane….

    And all politicians that are republican or conservative need to stop using PC words like “I don’t think it will work” that leaves it open for debate and one can say it just might work!! when it’s so beyond obvious “It Will Not Work”….

    Congress had been corrupted for 30 plus years by democrat rule and democrat rule making… The congress of today is a result of 30 plus years of democrat reign and
    a republican lack of understanding the democrat party once out of power and the republican spineless attitude toward running a congress…

    The united states fate is most likely doomed because of the over whelming dumbed down american people that opened the door twice to the self destruction we are now faced with…