Those who decry Rand Paul for his endorsement of Mitt Romney suppose that Rand caved in to Mitt. It was far more likely the other way around.
The voting records of Ron Paul and his son Rand reflect solid commitments to anti-authoritarianism, fiscal integrity and the Constitution. They voted No to raising the debt ceiling and giving Obama more trillions in borrowed money to squander. They voted No on the NDAA, which enables the military to assume local and state police functions. Similar laws were rubber stamped in Hitler's Germany in 1933. Rand Paul even offered an amendment to kill the unconstitutional sections of the NDAA.
Dr. Ron Paul voted against the Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act, twin torpedos that ushered in a Big Brother police state by blasting constitutional protections countless Americans fought and died for. Had Rand Paul been in the Senate following 9/11, he would have fiercely resisted passage of those bills, and the outcome might have been different. Both Pauls voted in 2011 against extending the most objectionable sections of the Patriot Act. America is best served by Rand Paul staying in the Senate.
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Romney is sufficiently aware, intelligent and patriotic to realize that the fate of America as a free and sovereign nation hangs in the balance. Romney knows that another four years of Obama and one or two bench changes on the Supreme Court could deal the death blow to our constitutional republic and possibly induce civil war. As things are, America as an engine of economic freedom and a protector of personal liberty is sputtering and wobbling. Ron Paul and his son know how to fix and restore America peacefully with the consent of the governed. Arguably, Romney is privately paying heed to their advice. Otherwise, Rand would not have endorsed him before the convention.
Is libertarianism destined to be "the new cool," "the new chic"? With the dinosaurial statists of the two major parties stuck in gear, the libertarian message has fired up American youth thanks to Ron Paul – and attracted a good number of conservatives, constitutionalists, independents and Democrats. The virtues of individual liberty, economic freedom, personal responsibility and small government on a leash have as powerful an appeal today as they did in colonial times before the American Revolution. The trouncing of statists in elections after 2008 forecasts the trend. Mitt Romney can also read the tea leaves.
Eons ago, giant dinosaurs saw a great flaming asteroid hurtling toward them and then casually resumed the foraging of tree tops and the hunting down of their own. Theirs was a remarkably sudden extinction. Political change is like that. The dinosaurs are the last to know what happened to them.