Rand Paul and Ted Cruz — the fear contortionists
Let’s get something out of the way. I want to commend Senator Rand Paul, the Libertarian Republican from Kentucky. He actually did something that senators always threaten to do, and never have the stones to actually do.
Paul filibustered the Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nominee for head of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan for over 12 hours. Paul stood up at a podium and spoke his mind without a break over the controversial usage of drone technology abroad and speculated on the possible domestic applications by local, state and federal policing agencies.
As much as I dislike Libertarians and their politics, he was right once. Let’s bask in his glory for five seconds.
OK, here’s the problem.
Where were all of you when the Patriot Act was passed? Where were all of you when President George W. Bush went into Iraq? Where were the filibusters when the Republicans were spending money like crazy on war and drug benefits for senior citizens? Where was the Tea Party?
OK, here’s is the REAL problem.
Rand Paul wasn’t talking about drones — he was merely appealing to the tin foil hat crowd. The same people who see black helicopters fly by their houses, and claim that the webcam in your laptop is really the CIA watching your every move, and the FBI will raid your house and confiscate the guns and ammo you’ve been stockpiling for 20 years.
President Obama can kill you with a robot that is controlled by an Xbox 360 controller!
That’s Rand Paul’s message. Forget the civil liberty stuff and the constant fetishizing of the US Constitution — there is a very subliminal message and ideology going on here.
Fear President Blackenstien! He is here for our women! He will turn your first born son gay! He is a Communist that steals your money! We are going to be part of Europe! Grab a gun and protect your own!
My point — how much fear mongering is enough for the Right Wing? Senator Rand Paul isn’t the only one. Enter stage right: Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, who was an absolute darling of the Tea Party.
Cruz’s shtick is to imply that people are Communists like he did in his Harvard Law School days. His recent scare tactic is to make people aware of the United Nation’s Agenda 21, which is the UN’s attempt to spread sustainable development through Green Technology and other initiatives in a non-binding and voluntary way. If you hear Cruz’s side of the story, the black helicopters are coming for you.
It is midnight in America.
These are the types of politicians their constituents were suckered into voting for: fear peddlers on a new level.
It’s one thing to be skeptical and even cynical — I drink from the keg of cynicism. My heroes were cynics, contrarians, whistle blowers and people who stood up against injustice against seemingly impossible odds. I will always applaud and stand by the man who stands up for his convictions.
We need the statesman — not the politician. President Bill Clinton was a politician who knew how to deliver a speech that made ladies swoon. President Abraham Lincoln believed in equality so much that it cost him half the country.
My argument is that the filibustering of Rand Paul is also the McCarthyism tactics of Ted Cruz. Neither of you are statesmen. They are two empty suit politicians who want to be reelected. They could care less about you or your issues. They want you to be scared out of your minds. The new breed of conservatism lacks ideas that could actually help the working man. They only rehash the Reagan nightmares of the 1980s and hold up the economic concept of free markets as some religious edict to live forever. Instead of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they espouse to deregulation, lower taxes and to implode the Federal government. To help this along, they point to something new or different, call it an intruder, and say that is the source of your problem — now go destroy it!
You both should be ashamed of yourselves.