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article imageOp-Ed: 2 reasons why Libertarians shouldn't vote for Rand Paul in 2016

By Alex Allen     Feb 18, 2013 in Politics
The establishment is using Rand Paul and the Paul family name to trick Libertarians and Constitutionalists in order to save the status quo within the Republican party.
If you follow politics closely, you are probably aware that Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, son of the 12-term Texas Congressman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, is considering running for president in 2016. Paul even said in February that he would run with the hopes of winning and will make an official decision in 2014. Libertarians and Constitutionalists have been cheering at the thought of a Paul running for President in 2016 because they know that Ron Paul, who is sometimes referred to as the champion of liberty, will most likely not be running in 2016 because of his old age and recent retirement from Congress. But just because Rand has the family name and has been fighting on many issues that are important to Libertarians and Constitutionalists (such as the indefinite detention of American citizens and foreign aid) does that mean that he is truly the best choice for liberty in 2016? Below are two major reasons why Libertarians and Constitutionalists should NOT vote for Rand Paul in 2016:
1.) Endorsement of an establishment candidate - In 2012, Rand Paul shocked his and his father's supporters when he endorsed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Many of the Paul supporters claimed that Rand was "selling out" and "becoming part of the machine" while others said he was just "playing politics." Radio host Alex Jones even devoted an entire show to Rand Paul's shocking endorsement the following day, and begged him to "not join the dark side." Regardless of the controversy and blow-back, however, Paul stuck by his endorsement of Gov. Romney.
2.) Rand Paul is NOT A LIBERTARIAN - Rand Paul has differentiated himself with his father numerous times and has stated on several occasions that he is not, nor has he ever claimed to be, a Libertarian. Lew Rockwell explained the differences between Rand Paul and his father Ron in an interview with RT following Rand's endorsement of Mitt Romney.
Whether you believe it's a conscious conspiracy or just basic politics, it is quite clear that the mainstream Republican base is much more comfortable with Rand Paul than with his father and it seems as though they may try to use Ron Paul's name to associate his son Rand with liberty in order to win over the Libertarian vote for the establishment in 2016. Rand Paul's win in 2016 would not only be a hard blow to the Paul name, but could also allow the establishment to further leak into and control the Libertarian movement, which has up until now been very anti-establishment. So if you're a Libertarian and it comes down to choosing between Rand Paul and the Libertarian Party candidate in 2016, you may want to strongly consider the later of the two.
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