Rand Paul’s Next Publicity Stunt
For every time I hear Republican from Kentucky Rand Paul say something I can wrap my brain around, I see or hear him involved in an asinine or ludicrous discussion.
He and another TEA Party poster boy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), will filibuster any and all gun legislation.
Gun owners and non-gun owners alike favor extensive background checks. So, if the majority of Americans are for something, why is Paul against it? It’s simple, money and power. The NRA lobby heavily contributes to Paul’s and other candidates’ campaigns. His goal is the Presidency, where he can insure that wealthy groups who support the TEA Party will have their interests protected.
I would have thought that when Harry Reid took the teeth away from gun legislation by removing the ban on the killing machines labeled as assault rifles, sensible Republicans would compromise and do the right thing. Or broken government is not broken, it’s shattered.
Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, told HuffPost, “While this threat is entirely unsurprising, it’s outrageous that these senators are unwilling to even engage in a debate over gun violence in America. No matter your opinion on this issue, we should all be able to agree with President [Barack] Obama when he said that the children and teachers of Newtown, along with all other Americans who have been victims of gun violence, at least deserve a vote.”
Rand appeared on the Glenn Beck situation comedy radio show yesterday telling his miniscule audience that he and half of the people in the south carry rifles. He has never been secretive that he possesses several guns.
But his promised filibuster is not about guns, it’s about attempting to protect the few while the rights of the many are ignored. It is mostly a ploy by Rand to keep his face in full view of the public. It’s for publicity.
Campaign laws forbid campaigning at this early date, so Paul has discovered a tactic that is legal.
What it is, is a continuation of obstruction and a congress that refuses to accomplish anything of substance.
The major media needs to stand up and tell the truth. Congress’ approval level continues to take a dive. They refuse to follow the wishes of the electorate.
I know, my complaints are old and tired, but that does not make them untrue. Doesn’t it make sense that if the majority of voters have a position on an issue that congress should act upon it? We are by definition a Democratic Republic. We elect “representatives”, not individuals who choose to decide the fate of our nation’s people and the country itself according to their own interests.
There are no leaders in the Republican Party, only men and women with political ambitions, and an eagerness to fill their own bank accounts.
The Democratic Party is no better. They have one leader, the President, and, unlike the sheep who were in power during the “W” administration, his own party shows lack of support for Mr. Obama’s policies.
And old adage, accurate and 100% truthful, is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. In the case of our government, it’s broken, and only the voters can fix it. Congress has made the decision not to do the necessary repairs. Let’s send them back to their “real” jobs, where most of them would be fired because they lack a “work ethic”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express