Before I go any further with writing this article, I am compelled out of respect to Dr. Rand Paul, his father Texas Congressman Ron Paul and their family to explain the title, “Who’s your daddy”?
The title “Who’s your daddy” is a metaphor whose tongue-in-cheek intent is meant to pose the question, “Who do you really serve”? Let’s not be naïve, as long as politicians depend upon the “benevolent” contributions of special interest groups and corporations to fund their political campaigns and their political parties, those of us who follow politics are keenly aware that regardless of political affiliation, at the end of the “dance”, the fiddler will always expect payment for his services and contributions.
Like father like son?
Dr. Rand Paul, Kentucky’s Tea Party senatorial candidate, fresh off of his win in Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary, over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (Republican-Kentucky) hand-picked candidate, Kentucky’s Secretary of State Trey Grayson (Republican), is a man on a mission to defeat Democrat candidate and Kentucky State Attorney General Jack Conway in November’s upcoming election. The prize, the right to succeed Kentucky’s retiring Senator (Republican) Jim Bunning.
But upon closer scrutiny, what exactly is Rand Paul’s mission / goal should he win Senator Bunning’s seat and what does his political ideology and the ideology of his constituency represent?
Setting aside the boisterous and at times ugly behavior of pockets of Tea Partiers who zealously rallied across America in 2009 and 2010 at anti-Obama and anti-government demonstrations, the one question that every American who is of legal age to vote should ask is, besides the Tea Party’s so-called fundamental belief in small government, paying limited taxes and a strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution, – as they interpret it – what is the political entity that most parallels their core political philosophy?
To answer that question, one only has to look at Rand’s father, Texas Congressman and physician, Ron Paul. Dr. Paul, who unsuccessfully ran for President in 1988 as a Libertarian and in 2008 as a Republican, has always been an outspoken critic of American foreign and monetary policy. Dr. Paul gained notoriety for his right-libertarian positions on many political issues, often clashing with both Republican and Democratic Party leaders.
Paul nicknamed “Dr. No”, for his insistence that he will “never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution, the Texas Congressman supports eliminating most federal government agencies, calling them unnecessary bureaucracies. Additionally, Paul advocates states’ rights to decide how to regulate social matters not directly found in the Constitution. For this stance, the good doctor has made close friends and allies in the John Birch Society.
The John Birch Society
According to Wikipedia, The John Birch Society is a radical right-wing, Americentric political advocacy group that supports anti-communism, limited government, and personal freedom. The JBS seeks to limit / reduce the powers of government and vehemently defend what they believe is the original intention of the U.S. Constitution.
The society says it is anti-totalitarian, particularly anti-socialist and anti-communist. Of particular interest is the John Birch Society association of communism with African Americans who were involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In fact when pressed about their opposition to the civil rights movement, the JBS’ official line reads as though it came straight from Joe McCarthy’s world of communist paranoia.
Indeed their belief is that the civil rights movement was infiltrated by communists who were able to turn civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. into communist sympathizers. The society also opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying it was in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and overstepped the rights of individual states to enact laws regarding civil rights.
To make it simple, the JBS tries to disguise their racial and social prejudices by wrapping themselves in false constitutionality stating that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to intercede in states laws even if the state law discriminates against its own citizens.
In April 2008 at an event that commemorated The John Birch Society’s 50th anniversary, Dr. Paul stated: “The John Birch Society is a great patriotic organization featuring an educational program solidly based on constitutional principles. I congratulate the Society in this, its 50th year. I wish them continued success and endorse their untiring efforts to foster ‘less government, more responsibility … and with God’s help … a better world.”
Lest we forget that this same organization has historically called American President Dwight Eisenhower (WWII’s Supreme Allied Commander) and Martin Luther King Jr. (America’s most prominent civil rights leader) communists.
So, in light of this extreme view from this extreme right-wing organization – who by the way, were once drummed out of the Republican Party by super conservative Republican and respected political commentator, William F. Buckley Jr., for their whacked-out views – and in light of their admiration of Rand’s father, Congressman Ron Paul, one must seriously consider the old school adage of, “fruit does not fall far from the tree” and since Rand Paul is definitely his father’s son, it would stand to reason that Rand Paul gets a large dose of his political ideology from his father.
Mumbling and Stumbling on Social Issues
When asked in an interview on Wednesday by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow if he (Rand Paul) was against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the good doctor rambled in terms that were evasive and incoherent, however, he did in his defense state that he was against discrimination and might have even marched with Dr. King had he been old enough to do so. But when Maddow pressed him on whether or not states and businesses have the right to legally discriminate based upon a person’s race, or sexual orientation, Rand Paul again began his ramblings about the right to bear arms. What??
Saying that one is personally against discrimination but is in favor of allowing states and businesses to create laws and policies that allow discrimination, is pretty much the equivalent of a judge saying that even though he or she may personally be against spousal abuse, if states’ laws are written that makes it legal for a husband to beat his wife, then constitutionally the husband is protected from prosecution.
Perhaps as Americans reflect on the signs that were held by Tea Partiers across our nation in 2009 and 2010, signs that depicted President Obama as being a communist, a socialist and a Nazi, it should stand to reason that the Tea Party Movement has indeed been influenced by the doctrine of the John Birch Society. And because Rand Paul is so evasive in explaining his stance on social issues, Americans should question if he is indeed elected as a senator, how his vision and his interpretation of U.S. “constitutionality” could possibly turn back the hands of time for a nation that is looking to go forward not backward. Whatever Kentuckians decide in their fall elections of 2010, Americans will be watching and evaluating, especially since we know in the case of Rand Paul, “who’s your daddy?”
Until next time Louisianans, Good day, God Bless and Good Fishing.