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Picture 2With Rand Paul’s filibuster, and subsequent fawning devotion of his slobbering fans, and far right talking heads & pundits who are incapable of picking a principle and standing on it, the Koch Machine libertarian take-over of the GOP is near complete.  Long live the anti-Christian philosophy of Ayn Rand.  It is now all about corruption, personal greed, adoration of cruelty, dishonor, and everything the GOP once despised.  The Kochs have been trying to either destroy the GOP or take it over since their Fred Koch (Dances with Stalin) was not welcomed within its ranks.

So, Charles & David Koch went out and bought them a little political party.  Heck, they’re worth a combined fifty billion or so, so why not.  Their bank account sounds like that placard on the Golden Arches, Billions and Billions sold – billions and billions, to purchase a political party.  Sure, it’s legal, but it sure isn’t ethical.

Ethics don’t bother libertarians.  They don’t bother the Koch Machine, and the certainly don’t bother the father and son libertarian duo of Ron & Rand Paul.   Libertarians are now thinking that their time has come, that they now control the GOP.

“…“You literally saw the shift happen over the course of the day,” Doherty said. “It started with Rand Paul, and then it was just [Sens.] Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. And then you had people like Marco Rubio and Saxby Chambliss joining in. And by the end of it, [Republican Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell was on the floor saying he was going to block [CIA Director John] Brennan’s confirmation, and [RNC Chairman] Reince Priebus was tweeting that Senators should go join Rand Paul.”

“Who knows, maybe in two years, the filibuster won’t seem like a big deal,” he added. “But today, it feels like everything has changed. Today, it feels like the Republican Party is different.”

Doherty conceded that, for some conservatives, the embrace of Paul’s civil liberties argument may be chalked up to antagonism toward the Obama administration. But, he added, “if that’s what it takes to get Rush Limbaugh to say that he agrees with Rand Paul, that he’s open to these ideas, I’ll take it.” …”

Now, Rand Paul Republicans, are ticked with John McCain who had the audacity to state that he is more representative of the party of Reagan Republicans than Rand Paul.  For those who have very short memories, amnesia, or are just plain intellectually dishonest, Ronald Reagan would have nothing to do with Ayn Rand.  Neither would William F. Buckley.  Neither had any tolerance for the John Birch Society or Ayn Rand.  William F. Buckley once wrote that what he feared most was when the two forces joined together.  He felt if that were to happen, it would be the end of democracy in this country.

What is so ironic is is the fact that Rush Limbaugh, who was once the biggest neo-con in the business, and a devote of Reagan, has completely betrayed everything he once stood for, in order to pander to the hands that feed him.  The irony here is that Rand Paul, civil liberties hero is hard right, hard libertarian.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

“…For Ron Paul, none of that matters. The party is basically irrelevant, because it operates within a broken system. Everything that he said was wrong with Republicans is also what he feels to be wrong with US democracy as a whole. Paul said Friday that McCain’s (and Senator Lindsey Graham’s) response to the filibuster was “very risky.”

There is a risk in keeping the GOP as it is, of course. It may become a perpetual loser. But shifting it ever further into a Ron Paul-like state could be equally problematic, opening it up to the same paradox he gives to society at large: that in order to improve itself, it should do more and more of the things that will eventually lead to its destruction….”

Libertarians are joyful that their ideology is now taking control of the GOP. True libertarians, the pot smokers, etc. see this as a great moment for the rise of individual rights in this country and the GOP. If nothing else, this proves they have been smoking way too much weed, and no nothing about the true nature of Rand Paul’s associates.

“...That said: if Rand Paul’s historic filibuster signals the rise of the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party, and that’s coupled with genuine concern about civil liberties, I see it as a hopeful sign for their party and the country. Then maybe Democrats can do the job they’re supposed to do and talk about the problems inherent in the pooling the majority of wealth into a few hands, and what to do about that. Then we might even start to see compromises brokered to help move toward a better future. What a concept, eh?…”

These people don’t give a damn about civil liberties.  These are the same people who brought you Ted Cruz, the war on women, and a return to a climate of bigotry. Gays and lesbians are to be outcasts, with no role in our society.  They do not approve of the minimum wage.

“...He also compared the idea that women and men should be paid the same for equal work to Soviet Russia. He believes that the free market should be allowed to determine what individuals should get paid. …”

Huffington Post

Huffington Post

They think that corporations are people.  They don’t believe in any sort of rule or regulation – for big business.  The earth is theirs to destroy and pollute.  We the Little People of the United States of America are there to be oppressed, treated like dirt and turned into serfs.

Freedom and civil liberties for whom?

Salon

Salon

These are men, primarily, who are supported by the John Birch Society.  They are the darlings of the NRA and the little guys in those pointy white hats. Just a little FYI. Bruce Bartlett wrote:

“…“In short, the libertarian philosophy of Rand Paul and the Supreme Court of the 1880s and 1890s gave us almost 100 years of segregation, white supremacy, lynchings, chain gangs, the KKK, and discrimination of African Americans for no other reason except their skin color. The gains made by the former slaves in the years after the Civil War were completely reversed once the Supreme Court effectively prevented the federal government from protecting them.”…”

The Pink Flamingo does not approve of abortion. I think abortion for birth control purposes is little more than murder.  I think it is necessary in some cases.  Rand Paul, who is now the darling of civil libertarians everywhere thinks that 14th Amendment rights should be extended to a fetus. The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act is a violation of the civil liberties of minors, no matter which side of the abortion issue you take.  Once again, I think there are some very rare moments when someone needs to get a child who has been raped, abused by a family member and pregnant out of the situation and get the poor creature an abortion.  If not, her life, already shattered, is ruined.

The new darling of the libertarian right, and the next best ‘hype’ for the GOP isn’t even familiar with the details anti-abortion bill he sponsored.

Civil liberties?  Rand Paul voted against the Violence Against Women Act, authorization bill.

Civil liberties, candidate Rand Paul did not approve of the Civil Right’s Act.

“...Mr. Paul, in a series of television and radio interviews, suggested that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was too broad and should not apply to private businesses, such as luncheonettes. As his statements drew a swarm of attacks from his opponents, Mr. Paul issued a statement declaring that he would not support repealing the landmark 1964 statute and blaming political opponents for trying to distort his views by saying he favored repeal.

“Let me be clear: I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation, which was to stop discrimination in the public sphere and halt the abhorrent practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws,” he said. Later, in an interview on CNN, he said that if he had been in the Senate in 1964, he would have supported the act….”

The way libertarians and liberals are praising Rand Paul for his support of civil liberties is puzzling.  When it comes to libertarians, The Pink Flamingo wonders just what they are smoking.  This man epitomizes the hard right libertarian John Birch philosophy.  There are no civil liberties for anyone but those who embrace them.

If I were a political movement, I would not want Rand Paul as the face of it.  Then again, he is kosher tea party, hand picked, bought and paid for by the Koch Machine.  The Pink Flamingo just isn’t getting the whole civil liberties thing with the man.  There is nothing civil about his desire to limit our liberties.

The libertarians who are destroying our party are not normal libertarians. They have basically nothing to do with libertarians and everything to do with the fact that, years ago, Fred Koch was not able to take over the GOP.  He became a John Birch ‘libertarian’.  His sons attempted to turn the Libertarian Party into their own little playground and dominate as libertarians, but failed.  There just weren’t enough libertarians to vote for them.  So, they have taken over the GOP.

The tea parties are an invention of these men, as is Freedom Works.  Rand Paul, their Slut de Jour appears to be their chose dupe to destroy the GOP even farther than did Mitt Romney.  The Pink Flamingo is among those who think that is the intent here, to destroy the GOP.  If not, they’re sure doing a good job of it.   We’re dealing with a group of men (primarily) who are either trying to destroy the GOP or are incapable of comprehending the disaster they are creating.  Either way, neither excuse is acceptable.

 

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  • jose maria

    I skimmed over something the other day that said, “The GOP says that DOMA is valid because gay couples can’t accidentally become pregnant.” Did I read that right? ?????

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    I missed that one!

    SJR

  • http:://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    I am not a libertarian.

    Also, the Violence Against Women Act is a grievous assault on civil liberties. No one should have voted for the blasted thing, least of all anyone who supports the 14th amendment or basic due process rights. Much like a lot of horrible legislation, just because it has a name that’s hard to argue with, that doesn’t make it legislation that any civil libertarian should support. No one should support this thing, least of all anyone who wants to stop domestic violence.

    Many of the other points you raise are why I don’t call myself a libertarian. It would be nice to see this surge by the Paulites countered by an anti-corporate move among Democrats, but I won’t be holding my breath.

  • jose maria

    A lot of good bills get messed up in Congress because of the additions and pork added to them. Both parties are guilty of this. They both try to promote their own agendas. Senators and Representatives are not alway wrong when they vote against a bill even though the bill itself is good.


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