If there was ever a pair of scam artist who complement one another it would be Rand Paul and the late Andrew Breitbart. Let’s just cut through the red tape and barnyard substances and admit we’re dealing with one con artist to another. If Andrew Breitbart had not seen fit to drop dead in March of 2012, I’m sure he would be the first to welcome Rand Paul to his little family.
Okay, so I’m enjoying every minute of Rand Paul’s fall from grace. I am also enjoying the truly duplicitous and insane reactions from the libertarian right, who basically worships the ground he and his pointy headed little father walk on, as well as the water upon which they walk.
Let’s see how this works. The WTimes, which is not exactly swimming in ethics, dumped Rand Paul due to his tendency to adopt what he did not create, literally, as his own. Rand Paul seems to think that all he needs to do is footnote ‘his’ speeches and he can get away with stealing intellectual and literary property. His ‘original’ column has found a new home, at Breitbart. When the folks at Breitbart announced that they:
“...Larry Solov, presumably suppressing a laugh, said that Breitbart was “pleased to add Senator Paul to [their] lineup of fearless, ORIGINAL THOUGHT leaders.” Solov adds, “Most of all, we think the fighting spirit he has become known for is a perfect fit for Breitbart News Network and reflects that of our founder, Andrew Breitbart.” – …”
Did you know that Rand Paul wants everyone to know that the Constitution is precious? According to Breitbart’s CEO, Senator Rand Paul speaks to a new generation of conservatives. Yikes! You know, that does make sense. He’s Tea Party, ‘Christian’ and Liberty. None of them have the ethics of an amoeba.
The other night, Lawrence O’Donnell mentioned that, not only did Rand Paul (or his staffers) borrow without citing, but Rand Paul made a fortune after he ‘borrowed’ the work of others. That’s called stealing. It’s a crime. What’s more, Cannonfire brought up the same thing I did, the other day. They think, like several of us do, that Jack Hunter, the white supremacist BFF of Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and Jim DeMint was also involved.
I don’t know about you, but not only do I find it amusing that Rand Paul is incapable of knowing right from wrong, and obviously doesn’t understand what plagiarism is, but, the same bastions of honor and decency, who are quick to point out any faux pax on the left, don’t seem to be as interested in helping Rand Paul see the error of his ways.
According to Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, if he were one of his students, he’d be in very deep do-do. Unfortunately, that’s not what John Kemper, of the KY tea party thugs, Jane Aitken of the NH tea parties, and Michael Baranowsky say. They all think it is much ado about nothing.
Tina Dupay has a column in The Atlantic that goes for the jugular. If he were a woman and pulled what he had done, she’d be out of a job. I guess that’s what I just don’t get. What he did was terribly wrong. If it were even just a couple of times, there could be absolution. The problem is the fact that we’re not talking just a few times. We’re talking about a life-time of stealing the intellectual property of others to improve his lot in life, and profit by it. The libertarian right is excusing him, over and over again.
The real problem with Rand Paul is that he is either sorely lacking in judgement, incapable of picking the right friends, or he doesn’t give a rip that one of his top political advisers is a leading white supremacist. He doesn’t care if he stole stuff and made a profit out of it. He doesn’t even think the Civil Rights Act should apply to businesses.
The worst part of this is that Rand Paul is basically no different from the whole darn libertarian bunch. They have no ethics, honor or honesty. It’s all about them, and about getting ahead. That’s nice, but it is also the stuff that destroys civilizations. People like Rand Paul are the last thing we want running our country, let alone even being a dog catcher.