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Paul Tells Young People GOP Needs Their Reform

March 14, 2013 by  

Paul Tells Young People GOP Needs Their Reform
Rand Paul wrote “I Filibustered To Defend The Millennials,” in which he laid out his vision for the Republican Party.

Rand Paul said what many young fiscal conservatives have been thinking for a long, long time in a Wednesday post at Policymic.

In it, Paul asserted the GOP must get its hands out of the social legislation game and get back to its conservative roots on fiscal policy. It must end entitlements and unencumber Federal obligations — and the required taxation — to fund them. It must demarcate a clear line between a military State and a police State, and it must sensibly defend American interests against outside threat without continuing to commit American resources to interventionist foreign policies.

In a nutshell, he said, tomorrow’s GOP must field new candidates who aren’t interested in legislating morality and who instead focus on transferring back to States many of the powers the Federal government has stolen. As for the Feds? Do the job the Founders gave you and then back off.

That’s a direct path to many literate young Americans’ political hearts.

“[W]e do need a Republican Party that addresses the concerns of young people. We need a different kind of GOP, a party that speaks to the rising generation, who may have unique interests and concerns,” Paul wrote.

By implication, Paul argued that young conservatives — even young Republicans who may themselves hold conservative moral beliefs — are tired of Republican busybodies concerned with making laws that affect the Constitutionally protected powers of individuals to make those same decisions on their own:

I believe a Republican Party that is more tolerant and dedicated to keeping the government out of people’s lives as much as possible would be more appealing to the rising generation. We have a nation of 300 million people who all harbor very different opinions on various policies. We have a Constitution that allows, even requires, many of these decisions to be made at the state and local level, which could accommodate the diversity of opinion in this country. Most young people I encounter simply have no desire to tell other people what to do or how to live.

The posting, titled “I Filibustered To Defend The Millennials,” wasn’t addressed directly only to young people. Speaking of young voters in the third person, Paul instead managed to send them — and old-guard Congressional RINOs — the message that America’s political demographics aren’t being served by the leadership offered at the top of the existing two-party system. He argued that the mood of young Americans now represents, perhaps, the most important indicator of how his party will earn its future success:

There are blue parts of the country where Republicans haven’t fared well, and yes, a more libertarian-Republican might be able to start winning in those areas. The youth vote could play an integral part in this.

Young Americans — conservative, libertarian, independent — are as fed up with big government as their parents and grandparents. A Republican Party willing to address their unique concerns could build a new majority that might finally turn this country around.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Miguel

    It isn’t just the young Americans looking for a government that will restore their Constitutionally guaranteed (and God given) rights … senior citizens want the same.

    • Sharon Tomalavage

      I agree Miguel and part of those “God given” rights is the right of an unborn child to have a chance at being born.

  • J from TX

    I stand with Rand.

  • Doc Sarvis

    I agree that if the GOP wants to gain more votes of the future, sooner rather than later, they will need to focus on fiscal issues and free up their stance on social progressive issues.

    • rendarsmith

      Social progressive (or regressive) stances are what got us in this mess Doc.

      • Doc Sarvis

        So you are saying that the LIMITED advances in gay rights, women’s rights, and racial equality have caused what you are vaugely identifying and assessing as a mess? Wow!

    • Sharon Tomalavage

      But it is precisely the progressives (with Roe v Wade) that got us into the moral mess we are in today. No government has the right to aid and assist any one in murder, much less an innocent unborn baby. Since Roe v Wade, there have been over 50 million babies put to death. Are you seriously saying Mr. Sarvis that this is the moral state we should be in?? Let’s be completely honest here Doc—no one is able to stop anyone from killing if they have a mind to do that, but no one should be assisting or making it easier and cleaner from someone to kill (i.e. abortion clinics, forcing doctors to “do what the woman wants”, etc.). Didn’t doctors take an oath sir, to DO NO HARM?? would any doctor (in his right mind) cut off a woman’s arm just because she asked him to?? Well, why would the govt. or any doctor agree to kill an innocent baby just because the woman found it inconvenient to continue with the pregnancy??? This is morally wrong and you and I both know it Doc and NO respectable government should play any part in this. Doctors should be forced to adhere to that sacred oath they took, or have their licenses revoked.

  • rendarsmith

    Go Rand Paul!

  • Annie

    Yes Rand Paul, from your lips to God’s ears!

  • K Bright (@Bellearitz)

    What are the three branches of the American government? NOT the federal government, which is the legislative, judicial, and executive branches (states also have those same 3).

    The three branches of the AMERICAN government are the states, “We the people”, and the federal government.

    Rand: “tomorrow’s GOP must field new candidates who aren’t interested in legislating morality and who instead focus on transferring back to States many of the powers the Federal government has stolen.”

    Understand your government a little bit better now? See why they have dumbed down the schools over the last 4 or so decades?

  • Sharon Tomalavage

    I applaud what Senator Rand Paul is saying, however I do hope that the has Not elected to change his position on nullifying Roe v Wade by instituting “personhood” status on the innocent unborn babies. I’ve received man reports from him indicating his strong stance on this issue. Roe v Wade IS government interference at its worst, as it aids and assists women in the killing of their unborn babies. No government should be involved in this. If a woman, (like anyone who is hell bent on killing) wants to kill, that is her decision and she alone she carry it out. As for doctors, they should be mandated to uphold the oath they took (the hypocratic oath) “To First Do No Harm”. This is as clear as it can be. UNLESS A WOMAN’S LIFE IS AT STAKE OR IT IS MEDICALLY NECESSARY TO REMOVE THAT UNBORN CHILD, DOCTORS SHOULD ALLOW THE CHILD TO GROW. There is nothing complicated about this. This is essentially what the country had, and lived with (quite contently) Pre Roe v Wade and we should get back to these values.

  • Lois

    Hurray for Rand Paul. I too stand with him. We need more senators step up to the plate and do what Rand Paul did.
    Amen to those who stand for the reversal of Roe Vs Wade. God’s Word says: “he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword”, or “he who takes a life will his life be taken”. Nobody has the right to take an unborn babies life, not even the mother. Her body belongs to her maker and is not her own. She has a higher authority to answer too. If she had unprotected sex knowing that a baby might be the outcome, then she should not have the right to kill this innocent baby without a serious consequence to her own life. That is God’s Law. To God Be the Glory!

    • JimJones

      [personal attack has been removed]

      • Josie Abbott

        hey Jim can you comprehend ANYTHING? The Democrats were the ones trying to legislate morality (Roe v Wade) as this horrible law allowed government to aid and abet women in killing their unborn as a matter of convenience. Why should Any government participate in the brutality of abortion?? Pre Row, women (and rightfully so) had to take the same kind of risk all killers do when contemplating taking a life w/o govt. help. As Mother Theresa so eloquently said “how can we teach our children NOT to kill when we do so out of convenience? how indeed!!!

  • s c

    ‘Republicans’ need a high colonic and a forced 50 mile hike (at least once a week) for the next 50 years (assuming that Amerika will exist that long). People, you must assume that fence-sitters in the ‘Republican’ crowd are nothing better than closet utopians.
    _____ ‘em. Whatever it takes to get their attention is exactly what is needed. Backbone has been bred out of the ‘Republican’ crowd. Some people enjoy sitting on a barbed wire fence. Folks, that’s not reality. That what happens when you surrender what’s left of your mind in the name of ‘getting along’ [aka "p c" - aka 'McCain Syndrome'].

  • Juan

    I stand with Rand!

  • An Old Seabee

    ” legislation game” Legislation IS a game and only the polititions have the CHEAT SHEET! And they are making us ALL the losers. They don’t seem to be aware that when the game is over THEY WON’T BE EXEMPTED……… As Mark Twain said “We have the best government money can buy”

  • An Old Seabee

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    Will Rogers
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    Will Rogers
    The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best.
    Will Rogers
    I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
    Will Rogers


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