It didn’t take long after Rep. Ron Paul declared his intention to run for the presidency for his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to prove that he was not. Or at least, that’s what most people can gather from some of the statements he’s made in the last week.
First, Paul made waves by claiming that the President of the United States has an “enemies list,” apparently made up of Republican states and politicians he wants to “strong arm” into submission.
From the Kiowa County Signal in an op ed:
“Mr. President, do you have an enemies list?” Paul asked. “Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina appears to be a Republican state, has two Republican senators? Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina is a ‘right to work’ state? Are they on your enemies list?”
Paul didn’t stop there — blasting Obama for his recent threat to require government contractors to disclose donations to groups that participate in political activities.
“The president has said now that he’s going to ask contractors who do business with the government ‘Who have you contributed to?’” he said. “Mr. President, do you have en enemies list? Will you now punish contractors who have given money to Republican candidates? I’m concerned — there are two Republican Senators from Kentucky. Are we on your enemies list? Is Alabama on your enemies list? Is Texas on your enemies list?
As if that rant wasn’t strange enough, Paul later went on a tirade during a health and aging subcommittee, where he claimed that saying health care is a right means you would be forcing doctors into slavery. Politico reports:
“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery,” said Paul (R-Ky.), who is an ophthalmologist.
Paul, who is the subcommittee ranking member, said he believed that the notion of expanding federally funded community health centers to ensure that everyone had a “right” to care was not constitutional and would enslave doctors. Doctors, he said, should care for patients because of their own moral code.
So, does providing adequate affordable health care “enslave” doctors? Or is Rand Paul just getting more and more comfortable with his Tea Party persona now that there’s no pressure on him to appear mainstream for a potential presidential run?