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article imageOp-Ed: Rand Paul's endorsement of Romney big loss for freedom movement

By Andrew Moran     Jun 10, 2012 in Politics
Lexington - Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his endorsement this week of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Ron Paul supporters, including myself, were shocked by this and I do believe we can say it's a tremendous loss for the freedom movement.
Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul has served in office for close to three decades and he never compromised his principles. Freshman Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been in office for only two years and has already become a Benedict Arnold to many of his and his father’s supporters and to the growing freedom movement.
I was absolutely stunned this week when I reported that the libertarian-leaning Kentucky Senator endorsed the antithesis of what his father stands for. It perplexed me as to why Senator Paul would tergiversate and support the former Massachusetts Governor and two-time presidential candidate.
Many of the libertarian-leaning Ron Paul supporters have optimistically told me that they believe the senator is attempting to bring vicissitude from within. Some have often quoted Rand Paul himself when he said, and I’m paraphrasing here, people assume Washington will corrupt the Tea Party, but instead the Tea Party has begun to corrupt Washington.
Is Paul trying to bring Constitutional change to a possible Romney administration? No, it’s Occam’s razor in the sense that the simplest explanation is the most correct and that is Paul is simply playing politics. It’s safe to say that none of us know Paul’s motivations for performing such a heinous act, but it could be for a variety of reasons, including advancing his political career, a successful run for president in the years to come or even a Vice Presidential spot as Romney’s running mate. Who knows?
What can be definitive is that Paul, who eloquently outlined in 2010 what is wrong with Washington, what many of the freedom-leaning solutions are and how a large number of politicians do not stand for anything except for the special interests and money.
Supporting Romney is a big loss for this Ron Paul revolution. Romney has become a success in politics because of political expediency and flip flopping on close to every issue just because he wanted to get ahead in politics.
Supporting Romney meant supporting a man who openly admitted he would have signed the National Defense Authorization Act. He has admitted that the Patriot Act is a good practice, that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a done a good job in his position as a financial terrorist (not Romney's words), the government should bailout certain private corporations and has supported and still supports perpetual war (hey, war is nothing but a product of the state).
Not to mention that most of his donors, like President Barack Obama’s, originate from Wall Street and big business – heck, the financial sector throws more money at campaigns than the defense, health care, pharmaceutical and other industries combined.
Unfortunately for Paul, it seems supporting measures such as the NDAA and endless wars are much less important than the Reins Act.
Yet, when Paul went on Fox News to declare his endorsement of Romney, I ascertained that there isn’t anyone that I can openly support other than Dr. Ron Paul. This was a very pertinent declaration, and though it was a dagger through the hearts of many who have become ardent devotees to the Paul family, it should open our eyes and become wary of anyone who claims they vote for freedom, liberty and the United States Constitution.
Of course, this should not cease our fight. We shall continue to call for less government, less taxation, less war, fewer regulations and fewer politicians. Freedom does not and should divide us, but instead unite us. Remember, it’s not about who leads the freedom warriors, but rather adhering to the principles of liberty, an evanescent idea becoming scarce in this world.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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