|First, for anyone who believes that a libertarian President like Rand Paul would mean the legalization of Marijuana your hopes are unfounded. Rand Paul stands with virtually every other politician on criminalization of Marijuana and in fact believes if you "fire up" you are a lazy slacker leeching off the government that should not exist:
Paul admitted legalization would encourage marijuana use, which he said has negative effects.
"I don't want to encourage people to do it," Paul said. "I think even marijuana is bad to do. I think it takes away your incentive to work and show up and do the things you should be doing. I don't think it is a good idea. I don't want to promote that, but I also don't want to put people in jail who make a mistake. There are a lot of young people who do this and later on in their 20s. They grow up, get married and quit doing things like this, and I don't want to put them in jail and ruin their lives."
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In other words, unlike his dad behind the scenes Rand Paul has been converted to a Republican politician the party has given a little rope to hang himself with. Hence he attempts to make headlines working with a real Progressive that really care about the rights of average Americans that just so happen to smoke a little weed:
"The main thing I've said is not to legalize them, but not to incarcerate people for extended periods of times," Paul said. "I'm working with Sen. [Patrick] Leahy - we have a bill on mandatory minimums. There are people in jail for 37, 50, 45 years for nonviolent crimes. That is a huge mistake. Our prisons are full of nonviolent criminals."
But of course that is something that many people of all stripes have long believed should happen. America should only pay to incarcerate violent criminals for long periods of time that pose a real threat to society. While we are glad Rand Paul has come aboard one thing that should bother everyone. Like his "drone filibuster" even this "awakening" for Rand Paul is tainted with hypocrisy. You see, Rand Paul thinks that marijuana use should be decriminalized because George W. Bush and Barack Obama smoked marijuana and it could have destroyed their lives needlessly:
"The last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think - look what would have happened," he continued. "It would have ruined their lives. They got lucky but, poor kids - particularly in the inner city - don't get lucky. They don't have good attorneys, and they go to jail for these things. And I think it is a big mistake."
Hence the hypocrisy. In his obsession with being President Rand Paul would attack two Presidents, one Republican and one Democratic for smoking pot. He would point out how they could have been jailed for their "drug use". But what about Rand Paul? If these Presidents could have been jailed for simply smoking pot what would have happened to Rand Paul?:
The strangest episode of Paul's time at Baylor occurred one afternoon in 1983 (although memories about all of these events are understandably a bit hazy, so the date might be slightly off), when he and a NoZe brother paid a visit to a female student who was one of Paul's teammates on the Baylor swim team. According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, "He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They'd been smoking pot." After the woman refused to smoke with them, Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, where they stopped near a creek. "They told me their god was 'Aqua Buddha' and that I needed to bow down and worship him," the woman recalls. "They blindfolded me and made me bow down to 'Aqua Buddha' in the creek. I had to say, 'I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.' At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no."
Nearly 30 years later, the woman is still trying to make sense of that afternoon. "They never hurt me, they never did anything wrong, but the whole thing was kind of sadistic. They were messing with my mind. It was some kind of joke." She hadn't actually realized that Paul wound up leaving Baylor early. "I just know I never saw Randy after that-for understandable reasons, I think."
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Indeed while Presidents Bush and Obama may have very well fired up some of the finest green in their youths, I am sure that they never tied up young women, loaded them into a trunk and forced them to pray to a false idol. Such Christian values shown in his youth by the future President Rand Paul!!
This latest hypocrisy by Rand Paul shows him as nothing but a typical Republican. You see, whether it is the deficit, debts, or the stealing of rights from the American people Republicans have long been good at one thing. Saying publicly that Democrats are doing bad things like running up debt, stealing rights, and bankrupting Social Security and Medicare while they themselves are behind the scenes doing the very things they blame on others all in a shameless attempt to redistribute everything in America to the top 2%. Unfortunately for all of us, young and old and in between they have been very successful at it.
In truth a Rand Paul Presidency would offer a few things to the young and everyone else. Your Social Security would be taken away from you and given to Wall St. Your Medicare would be stolen and given to insurance companies. Your rights in the workplace fought and died for by generations of truly brave Americans would be stripped away and you would be forced to work for the robber-barons and Corporate America for any wage they deemed sufficient with any protections and conditions they see fit.
In other words Rand Paul is far from a new breed of Republican. He harkens back to the old days of Republicanism before the Progressive movement of the early 1900s. He might wrap his extreme brand of America in a shiny new package but all his politics would achieve is this. An America where the rich and powerful and the ownership class gets to do whatever the hell they see fit to everyone else. That is why he hates government so much. It has created rules and regulations to keep that from happening.
In truth Rand Paul offers nothing to younger Americans except a return to the America their grandparents and great-grandparents fought so hard to change into something better, a fight very few now scarcely remember. Let us hope Americans of all ages and ethnicities are smart enough to say one thing to Rand Paul and his new generation of old Republicans.
Thanks but no thanks.