FULL SPEECH: Rand Paul’s Tea Party response to the State of the Union Address

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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Malkiel_kol_hakavod_la_el
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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… Read more »

Malkiel_kol_hakavod_la_el
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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… Read more »

Bayside GolfClub
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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!

Debby
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Debby

He had me at Term Limits!!

Jack Leonard
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Jack Leonard

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

Sentinel
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Sentinel

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

thegoodeg eg
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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.

The Bean
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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.

Dodoforever Canspell
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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.

ellengba
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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.

Maggie Thomas
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Maggie Thomas

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

ellengba
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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.

OneThinDime
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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!

cabensg
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cabensg

That gave me a pain to. Especially with the ramp up coming of Muslim immigration besides the GOP has nothing against immigration it’s illegal immigration. He made it sound like we have to apologize which I’m sick to death of. Never let the left frame the question which this does. Republicans hate immigration. No we don’t. Yes you do. No we don’t.

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime
Rocco11
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Rocco11

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

Gary Mitidiero
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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
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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.

PVG
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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…………

Laurel
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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
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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… Read more »

Laurel
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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
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OneThinDime
OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

Thank you for your response!

ellengba
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ellengba

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

Kelly60
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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…

Conniption Fitz
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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.

Mike Chappars
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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
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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
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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.

NHConservative0221
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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… Read more »

Conniption Fitz
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Conniption Fitz

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

NHConservative0221
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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
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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.

BikerHoop
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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
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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.

ObozoMustGo
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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… Read more »

Conniption Fitz
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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.

TIMERUNNER
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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

misterlogic0013
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misterlogic0013

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

misterlogic0013
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misterlogic0013

not my guy .. weak ..

wodiej
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wodiej

Good stuff.

armyvet10
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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… Read more »

NHConservative0221
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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 more »

ellengba
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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
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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… Read more »

ellengba
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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
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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
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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
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OneThinDime
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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/

snopercod
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snopercod

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

Paula Lusby
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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.

Paula Lusby
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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.

Christina Myers-Andrada
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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.

Richard
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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
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Conniption Fitz

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

Sorry, men.

Myptofvu
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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?

Julie Hanratty-Jacobs
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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

new_jersey_usa
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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.

Robert Mahoney
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Robert Mahoney

Wow, the Rove trolls are in full teardown mode.

chatterbox365
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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
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ryanomaniac

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

Kordane
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

ellengba
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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
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crosshr

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

Kordane
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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
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crosshr

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

Amjean
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Amjean

WOW! Someone I can agree with.

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