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Not Enough to Be a Republican

Rand Paul spoke at a GOP fundraiser in Iowa on Saturday, April 2nd. Speeches at GOP fundraisers are usually predictable pablum consisting of two goals:  to point out how bad the Democrats are, and to motivate the listeners to devote their time, talents, and treasures to elect Republicans. Usually a nice reference to Ronald Reagan gets included in the speech. Now, while Rand Paul did have those prerequisites in his speech, the video shows that he also had something much more important in his speech.

He makes the point that there are some principles that are too important to compromise on. He suggests, that it is a misplaced ideal to say it is noble to compromise on something that we should stand up for – compromise is the easy way out.  We have to stand and fight for what is right for the nation, and we have to mean it. He said that just being a Republican, and having a Republican Party, is not enough. A political party by itself is just an empty vessel. The party needs to be imbued with values and principles.

There was plenty of applause, and perhaps that is why he did not further add that the empty vessel is to be filled by people who become precinct committeemen. One is simply being foolishly naive if they think they can just leave it up to someone else to do the precinct committeeman jobs, and come election day they will have principled candidates to vote for. It does not work that way. An empty vessel will start getting filled, but it can just as easily be filled by unscrupulous narcissists who are only interested in grabbing fame and power for themselves. The only way to insure that the empty vessel starts getting imbued with conservative values and principles, is to have a majority of the precinct committeemen slots filled with constitutional conservatives.

There are some who worry that this son of Ron Paul is an isolationist dove  like his daddy. We will have to let some time pass, and see whether or not there is cause for concern.   From this small excerpt of his speech, I am left with the opinion that Rand Paul has admiration for a person who will take no prisoners, and who will fight for what is right, and not compromise his principles. I am hoping I am right about him. We can’t spare someone who fights.

H/T to Erick Brockway for putting the video together.

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. The problem with Rand Paul, as I personally see it, is that he is not afraid to get in front of a microphone, and say things that sound fantastic, but that are as unpassable, or as unrealistic as Ron Paul’s foreign policy positions, or his push to get back on the Gold Standard. Rand, single handidly wrote a spending cut proposal for $500 billion. It expectedly went nowhere, so he cut it to $200 billion. That also was rejected, not only by the Liberals. Again, what he is saying sounds terrific, but, we didn’t get into this mess overnight, we are not going to get out of it overnight, or with one fell swoop piece of legislation. I am of the thought that I would rather get 5 or 10 billion in cuts at a time, every few weeks, that would eventually add up to some serious cuts, and cuts where we want them. I don’t believe that Rand Paul is being realistic. I’ll take something rather than nothing.

    I’ve heard that Rand Paul will consider running for the presidency in 2012 if his father decides not to get into the race. Some of the Tea Party groups are already threatening to primary some of the newbies in Congress, if they don’t get in line with their demands. Robert Hurt, VA 5th district R Rep, has already been told he will be sent home because he voted for the second CR. Robert Hurt was not a Tea Party candidate, but has voted with the party 95% of the time, and correctly on all of the important legislation passed by the current Congress. We know for a fact that Paul supporters stay home if they don’t have their ideal perfect candidate, that passes their purity tests. That can spell disaster for the Republicans in 2012, if some or many of our 2010 gains are sent packing because they are not perfect.

    • So you think it is enough to just be a Republican? I do wish you would rethink that. One thing for certain is that a lot of the political insiders in VA-7 are going to be ecstatic that you think this way. They want your vote, your money, and that is it. They do not want you to become a PC.
      Perhaps the messenger and not the message is what you do not approve. I’ve read your posts, and I think there are some things you refuse to compromise on. Nobody is looking for perfect candidates. I just don’t want to have only unscrupulous narcissists to pick from.

  2. No pilgrim, I don’t think that is just ducky for everyone and anyone with an R behind their name to be elected. I do think it is important to work as hard as hell for the best conservative to be nominated in the primary, but absolutely to vote for anyone who has an R behind their name in any general, in every state in this country. The best Democrat is worse than the worst Republican, no?

    You are absolutely correct that in the 7th district in VA, they want my vote, and my money in order to re-elect Erick Cantor. Problem there is, I have posted here, and elsewhere that I would work my fingers and feet to the bone for any credible, viable primary candidate who is willing to challenge him. I have never sent a dime to Cantor, or any Republican committee within the district. Yes, I am guilty that I didn’t bother to vote in 2010 for Cantor. If there was any remote chance that he would lose to the Democrat, I may have been motivated to vote. There was an Independent, and a Democrat that Cantor refused to even debate with. Cantor does not come to this part of his district. Why would that be? Does he feel safe up here? Yes.

    How the hell do you become a PC for your county when you can’t even find out when they have sporadic meetings? HUHHHHH.

    pilgrim, I have no idea where you are coming from with respect to your inference that I have any problem with the messenger. We’ve barely ever exchanged comments. Don’t have any clue as to what I am not willing to compromise on. I’ve just posted in agreement with another dispatch here where I am thrilled with Dr. Dan’s willingness to vote for another $12 billion in cuts, and for another CR in order to accomplish that. I would guess that Rand Paul, and his supporters would consider that far less than a perfect candidate, and a turncoat. Would you consider Dan Benishek an unscrupulous narcissistic Congressional member? If you do, I would turn the argument back to you with respect to “perfect candidates”, and an unwillingness to compromise on anything.

    • Let me take these one point at a time.
      1. Not always is it true the best D is worse than the worst R (NY-23 Scozzafava is who I have in mind)

      2.The fact you can’t even find out when they have sporadic meetings is an indication they do not want you to become a PC.

      3. By messenger I was referring to Rand Paul. Had Pence or Bachmann made the speech about how it’s not enough to just be a Republican you might not have objected.

      4. Would you compromise to vote for a candidate who supported taxpayers funding Planned Parenthood over someone who supports taxpayer funding to cover abortions for poor women? (I do not believe you would.)

      5.Rand Paul did mention Dan Benishek in his speech in a positive way. I think Benishek is great, and certainly not an unscrupulous narcissist.

      6. I did not say unwillingness to compromise on anything. I said there are some things that we should stand up and fight for instead of taking the easy way out.

      • pilgrim- I choose to take myself out of this discussion as it has now begun to twist, wave and meander all over the board. I stand on my original position that Rand Paul, and some of the Tea Party groups are unrealistic. My ideas may change if the Republicans had control of the Senate and WH. For now, it is what it is. In light of that fact, I’ll take every dime in cuts that we can get, rather than shooting for the stars and gaining nothing. There are just those times that standing on principles proves to be nothing more than cutting off your nose to spite your face. I believe that this is one of those times.

  1. The problem with Rand Paul, as I personally see it, is that he is not afraid to get in front of a microphone, and say things that sound fantastic, but that are as unpassable, or as unrealistic as Ron Paul’s foreign policy positions, or his push to get back on the Gold Standard. Rand, single handidly wrote a spending cut proposal for $500 billion. It expectedly went nowhere, so he cut it to $200 billion. That also was rejected, not only by the Liberals. Again, what he is saying sounds terrific, but, we didn’t get into this mess overnight, we are not going to get out of it overnight, or with one fell swoop piece of legislation. I am of the thought that I would rather get 5 or 10 billion in cuts at a time, every few weeks, that would eventually add up to some serious cuts, and cuts where we want them. I don’t believe that Rand Paul is being realistic. I’ll take something rather than nothing.

    I’ve heard that Rand Paul will consider running for the presidency in 2012 if his father decides not to get into the race. Some of the Tea Party groups are already threatening to primary some of the newbies in Congress, if they don’t get in line with their demands. Robert Hurt, VA 5th district R Rep, has already been told he will be sent home because he voted for the second CR. Robert Hurt was not a Tea Party candidate, but has voted with the party 95% of the time, and correctly on all of the important legislation passed by the current Congress. We know for a fact that Paul supporters stay home if they don’t have their ideal perfect candidate, that passes their purity tests. That can spell disaster for the Republicans in 2012, if some or many of our 2010 gains are sent packing because they are not perfect.

    • So you think it is enough to just be a Republican? I do wish you would rethink that. One thing for certain is that a lot of the political insiders in VA-7 are going to be ecstatic that you think this way. They want your vote, your money, and that is it. They do not want you to become a PC.
      Perhaps the messenger and not the message is what you do not approve. I’ve read your posts, and I think there are some things you refuse to compromise on. Nobody is looking for perfect candidates. I just don’t want to have only unscrupulous narcissists to pick from.

  2. No pilgrim, I don’t think that is just ducky for everyone and anyone with an R behind their name to be elected. I do think it is important to work as hard as hell for the best conservative to be nominated in the primary, but absolutely to vote for anyone who has an R behind their name in any general, in every state in this country. The best Democrat is worse than the worst Republican, no?

    You are absolutely correct that in the 7th district in VA, they want my vote, and my money in order to re-elect Erick Cantor. Problem there is, I have posted here, and elsewhere that I would work my fingers and feet to the bone for any credible, viable primary candidate who is willing to challenge him. I have never sent a dime to Cantor, or any Republican committee within the district. Yes, I am guilty that I didn’t bother to vote in 2010 for Cantor. If there was any remote chance that he would lose to the Democrat, I may have been motivated to vote. There was an Independent, and a Democrat that Cantor refused to even debate with. Cantor does not come to this part of his district. Why would that be? Does he feel safe up here? Yes.

    How the hell do you become a PC for your county when you can’t even find out when they have sporadic meetings? HUHHHHH.

    pilgrim, I have no idea where you are coming from with respect to your inference that I have any problem with the messenger. We’ve barely ever exchanged comments. Don’t have any clue as to what I am not willing to compromise on. I’ve just posted in agreement with another dispatch here where I am thrilled with Dr. Dan’s willingness to vote for another $12 billion in cuts, and for another CR in order to accomplish that. I would guess that Rand Paul, and his supporters would consider that far less than a perfect candidate, and a turncoat. Would you consider Dan Benishek an unscrupulous narcissistic Congressional member? If you do, I would turn the argument back to you with respect to “perfect candidates”, and an unwillingness to compromise on anything.

    • Let me take these one point at a time.
      1. Not always is it true the best D is worse than the worst R (NY-23 Scozzafava is who I have in mind)

      2.The fact you can’t even find out when they have sporadic meetings is an indication they do not want you to become a PC.

      3. By messenger I was referring to Rand Paul. Had Pence or Bachmann made the speech about how it’s not enough to just be a Republican you might not have objected.

      4. Would you compromise to vote for a candidate who supported taxpayers funding Planned Parenthood over someone who supports taxpayer funding to cover abortions for poor women? (I do not believe you would.)

      5.Rand Paul did mention Dan Benishek in his speech in a positive way. I think Benishek is great, and certainly not an unscrupulous narcissist.

      6. I did not say unwillingness to compromise on anything. I said there are some things that we should stand up and fight for instead of taking the easy way out.

      • pilgrim- I choose to take myself out of this discussion as it has now begun to twist, wave and meander all over the board. I stand on my original position that Rand Paul, and some of the Tea Party groups are unrealistic. My ideas may change if the Republicans had control of the Senate and WH. For now, it is what it is. In light of that fact, I’ll take every dime in cuts that we can get, rather than shooting for the stars and gaining nothing. There are just those times that standing on principles proves to be nothing more than cutting off your nose to spite your face. I believe that this is one of those times.

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