Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rand Paul and Paleodom

  • W. James Antle III reviews a new book by Thomas Pauken which he calls "a call to arms for future Rand Pauls: conservatives who were frustrated by the fact that the federal government did not shrink during the Reagan administration or the Republican Revolution and that it grew under the second Bush presidency" — Conscience of a Paleoconservative. The book "isn't simply a libertarian treatise" as its author"worries about a coarsened, post-Christian culture," and "is similarly concerned about the erosion of the U.S. manufacturing base and the bursting of our bubble economy."

  • "Rand Paul is most closely connected, of course, to his father’s views," writes Daniel "Tory Anarchist" McCarthy; "But if that makes Rand a paleolibertarian, it doesn’t mean that he subscribes to some strict body of dogma" — Rand Paul and the Paleos. "To connect Rand Paul with paleoconservative thinkers is even more of a stretch."

  • Conservative Heritage Times has two posts about folks unhappy with this candidate — “Conservatives” Attack Rand Paul and “Libertarians” Attack Rand Paul.

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    Blogger Procopius said...

    Sadly, the young Dr. Paul is learning the steep pric epaid for deviatiosn from orthodoxy, and failure to repeat the shibboleths of American political life accurately. His fundamental errors were twofold:
    1) By rightfully criticizing the aggrandizement of government power by means of the Civil Rights Act, he is calling into question the ruling myth of the last 50 years, and by extension, the myth of Fr. Abraham Lincoln, upon whom the legitimacy of the current regime is founded.
    2) By refusing to engage in the de rigeur 5-minute hate against BP, he has set himself at odds with the current news cycle. The last thing they, or our leaders want is perspective, or measured decision making. Their desire is for the public to be as the Pavlovian dog, or better yet, the Platonic dog, who will refuse food from a stranger no manner how succulent, while preferring food from the hand of its master, no matter how putrid.

    12:44 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Very well said. I read some left-liberal upholding Maddow as the kind of journalist America needs. Yeah, we need even more non-issues on the table.

    1:01 PM  
    Anonymous M.Z. said...

    Gosh, I thought he was just learning it was stupid to attempt to persuade others by arguing over a remedy to one of our nation's greatest embarrassments.

    11:36 PM  
    Blogger love the girls said...

    M.Z. writes : "I thought he was just learning it was stupid to attempt to persuade others by arguing over a remedy to one of our nation's greatest embarrassments."

    Your right, given the immediate backlash, it doesn't appear on the surface to have been politically very smart to attempt to remedy Obama and his demagogy in such a forthright manner.

    But it will be interesting to see if Rand Paul with his reason and common sense can win out at the voting booth.

    2:42 AM  

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