If you believe Rand Paul should talk, you're wrong.

Jeff Frazee
May 23, 2010 at 12:24 AM

If the past couple days has taught us anything, it is the difference between a philosophical and political debate.

As a campaign consultant told me this week, "Dr. Paul should keep his month shut and not say another word. He must get back to talking to Kentucky voters about Kentucky issues. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 will NEVER come up in any Senate debate. Please, go back to being a politician. You have an incredible opportunity to fundamentally change the direction of this country, please go do that."

I believe that sums it up well, and it's a lesson I hope all YAL members study and learn.

On the other hand, there is a very important philosophical debate here. People like Tom WoodsJacob Hornberger, Thomas Sowell, and John Stossel should take the Left to task. They should receive just as much ink and TV time as Rachel Maddow, the Daily KOS, and the Washington Post.

But, unfortunately this is where the Left wins. Their megaphones are bigger, and their printers have more ink.

To make my case, go survey major media outlets over the past two days. Watch 30 mins of MSNBC, and read articles on the Huffington Post. They are crucifying private property rights - a fundamental tenet of a free society. The Left is just shouting libertarians down. Make no doubt, the Left's argument is unbelievably flawed and backwards. But the American people are buying it, because there is no one loud enough yelling back at them!

For the first time in 24-hour news cycle history, libertarianism is being debated on national news! This is a BIG deal. Being under attack by MSNBC, liberal blogs, and well... ALL other news outlets is a good thing for our cause. We're making progress. Unfortunately, we don't have the arsenal that equates to the vast right-wing noise machine to respond... yet.

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Well said.

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Everyone seems concerned about Rand Paul's candidacy now that that the traditional libertarian views regarding private property have come to light early in his bid for the Senate and have been consequently lambasted by the left wing/mainstream media.

Make no mistake - this was destined to happen at some point or another. True conservative/libertarian Americans could not have expected or hoped their political ideology would gain prominence in the political spectrum without being met by skepticism and resistance, and, after a spotless primary campaign run by Rand Paul to bring him into the national spotlight, that resistance has finally arrived.

It should be embraced. As Frazee noted, libertarianism is at last being discussed as a serious political philosophy amidst major news outlets, an accomplishment Rand's father Ron, for all his twenty plus years in Congress, was unable to accomplish. Furthermore, Rand's principled libertarian stance on the Civil Rights Act is being defended by traditional conservatives throughout the country. At this moment Rand has surpassed his father as the forbearer of principled adherence to the Constitution, a radical perspective for which he will surely be attacked at every turn. It is our duty to support him.

Yes, Rand has taken hits this week, which he could have avoided with more political savvy. But to objective, fair-minded witnesses, his pedigree remains solid and undamaged, and he hasn't made a single statement any libertarian wouldn't be proud to support. To the contrary, at a time when libertarian philosophy is more needed than ever,  his candidacy alone has brought it to the main stage. For that, all libertarians should be grateful, supportive, and, considering this major step forward, incredibly optimistic as to what the future holds.

Rand will rebound and win the Kentucky senate seat. The political atmosphere over the last year has established that Americans are ready to abandon traditional politicians in favor of fresh, principled ideology, and there is little doubt that Rand can succeed in carrying such principles to Washington. The Washington machine will scrutinize, criticize, fight and mock him along the way, but we should not be discouraged. Kentucky Republicans saw Rand Paul's true potential to bring real change to Washington during the primary, and there is no reason the rest of Kentucky won't see that potential as well, even as his opponent and the media criticize our libertarian principles as being out of the mainstream.

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He has spoken with candor, truth and conviction. He has challenged the motivations of the interviewers.

This can win hearts and minds. We have every reason to be hopful.

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I couldn't agree with you more on this Jeff. Absolutely on point!

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One thing I've learned is if you are liked, you must be not doing something right! Publicity is good publicity no matter how the narrative is being presented by the far-left media. People are intelligent nowadays. They'll look us up or read about libertarianism online.

Let's face it... Rand is now the proxy leader of the Tea Party movement. He is enemy #1 to any good statist liberal or even establishment GOP. He will be attacked. Rand will recover. Most people do not think he's insane. 

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Great ending Jeff. "...yet."

Seth Mann's picture

Jeff Frazee and Yal.  You've just made an enemy out of Rand Paul.  That's right, toe the line!  Don't critize.  The Lesbians on MSNBC defend Rand better than you!

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We loved the way Ron Paul spoke truth to power.  It was raw, honest and made us question what we were taught to believe.  Now Rand should shut up and play the typical nodding head politician?? I hate Rand most when he wavers.  He knows what he believes and he is better then his father at explaining his views in a civilized, moderated way.  People didnt elect Rand to be another cookie cutter politician, they elected him for his principles and his honesty.  People in this country are smarter then you think and they will be onboard soon enough.  There is no time to waste slowing down our momentum.

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