An Epic Rant From Sen. Rand Paul


Honestly, I don’t know much about Rand Paul but I think I may want to see more of him, if his performance today during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting today is any indication.

Paul launched into an epic rant that started with a simple question to Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency, with the Department of Energy: “Are you pro-choice?”

Watch the entire thing, because, really, it’s just too good to miss.

Here’s Paul’s point in a nutshell:

You’re really anti-choice on every other consumer item that you’ve listed here, including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets – you name it, you can’t go around your house without being told what to buy. You restrict my choices, you don’t care about my choices. You don’t care about the consumer frankly. You raise the cost of all the items with your rules, all your notions that you know what’s best for me. (This snippet via ABC’s The Note)

Ms. Hogan’s response, I think, illustrates our current issues with out-of-control, out-of-touch government quite nicely.

One, I think the Appliance Standards Program is an example of a really great partnership between Congress and the Administration over many, many, many years. So much of what we are implementing really had its genesis in bi-partisan bills that have been put forth at a number of different points over the history of this country over the last 30 to 40 years…and I really do not believe that the appliance standards end up restricting personal choice.

You can see that Senator Paul is focused on the consumer…you and me and Ms. Hogan is focused on the Beltway establishment…the “great partnership” between “Congress and the Administration” and their “bi-partisan bills.” This woman doesn’t have one thought to spare for the people who pay her salary, the ones who are affected by the standards they’re implementing. (I would imagine it’s a safe bet that she’s not all that concerned that Chinese workers are being poisoned manufacturing CFL bulbs either, but I digress.)

Getting back to Senator Paul’s opening question, Ms. Hogan’s inexplicable response was, “I’m pro-choice of bulbs.” Inexplicable because on first examination, it would appear that she was either brazenly lying to a U.S. Senator or that she lacks a good working knowledge of what would otherwise appear to be her native tongue. A second look, however, reveals the real answer.

Paul: I can’t buy the old light bulbs. That restricts my choice on buying.

Hogan: My view is what you want is lighting, right?”

So Ms. Hogan’s real answer is “you’ll take whatever light bulbs we give you and be happy to have the light, damn it!”


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March 10, 2011 11:10 pm

That video just makes me feel better.

You beat me too this by 15 minutes. Well done.

What’s this? Oh, 100 watt incandescents are on sale at Home Depot. hey, I gotta run. 🙂

Cold Warrior
March 10, 2011 11:21 pm

A few months back I and many others said we needed to find people like Great Britain’s Daniel Hannon to fight for our rights in Congress. It looks we may have found one. To refresh our memories:

PM Gordon is now history.

If we had more Rand Paul’s, Opuppet would soon be history, too. Guaranteed.

For Liberty,
Cold Warrior

March 11, 2011 12:11 am

Yeah, he had her speechless at the end, stammering.

March 11, 2011 12:16 am

5555 Rand. I don’t know which was better: him, Hogan’s clear discomfort or Paul’s assistant behind him who was trying extremely hard not to laugh.

Kenny Solomon
March 11, 2011 12:24 am

I honestly hope you realize that Totalitarians like Ms. Hogan are thoroughly serious in what they’re doing, saying and in their beliefs. Plus that this s.o.p. is pervasive throughout the current administration, especially when it comes to giving things a ‘nudge’. Here’s my comment at It’sOnlyWords website c/p verbatim: I.O.W., great writeup. One thing to keep in mind: The government and ‘powerful’ folks taking our nation head-long into some sort of green-freak fantasy world haven’t the slightest care about ‘green’ anything. They’re Totalitarians, Statists, Socialists and Communists, all under one banner, which happens to have an interesting name: ICLEI –… Read more »

March 11, 2011 2:37 am

Excellent “rant” by Mr. Rand Paul. I was impressed. Love Daniel Hannan. We’re desperate to have our side speak the truth and call these people out, expose them for the power and control freaks they are. The Left has succeeded in imposing the tyranny of the minority on the will of the majority. The answer to Sen. Paul’s question, about pro-choice? No, only if the choice is one that they can make for you, thus not allowing you to make your own. Even in the abortion question they work on making sure a woman or pregnant adolescent has “no other… Read more »

March 11, 2011 8:36 am

Thank you thank you IOW for posting and including this. We will never never see the likes of this in MSM for sure so we will need to come back to UP again and again so as not to miss these golden moments. Lotof discussion about disappointment with some in the House recently elected. Rand (KY) and Lee (UT) in the Senate have not disappointed, they are fireballs and promise much more in the coming months and years of the fight. We need 20 or 30 more of them.

P. Smith
March 11, 2011 7:08 pm

I’m sooo glad I helped election this man. We need a PAC for the House of representatives like the Senate Conservative PAC that Senator Jim DeMint put together to help find the caliber of new senators we now have. My only disappointment is Chuck DeVore, who ran for Boxer’s seat and endorsed by DeMint did not prevail in his election bid. What a team we would have had he made it.