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The Rise of Rand Paul and the Mainstreaming of the Racist Right

The Rise of Rand Paul and the Mainstreaming of the Racist Right

Just what is this Rand Paul phenomenon anyways? 

Shortly after taking on the Republican political establishment– and winning– in the Kentucky Senate primary, Paul has Republicans, Libertarians, and Democrats all wondering if he’s the real deal or not.  For starters, his comments that the Civil Rights Act should be abolished and private businesses should have the right to discriminate on the basis of race (and presumably other factors) caused an immediate firestorm of controversy both within and outside the GOP. 

That alone would be news, but Paul has been running as the Tea Party darling, advertising himself as an anti-establishment Libertarian and drawing on his father Ron Paul’s deep ties with the party.  But the more Rand Paul opens his mouth, the more it becomes clear that, if he does represent the Tea Party movement, the Tea Party movement does not represent Libertarians.

For starters, Paul’s views on racial segregation were offensive enough in the Libertarian movement that the Libertarian Party is giving serious consideration to running a candidate against him.  Should a Libertarian candidate enter for the November election, it would almost guarantee the Senate seat would go to Rand’s Democratic opponent, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Paul’s anti-abortion views also do not align with Libertarian principles of minimal government reach into the lives of individuals.  Paul describes himself as 100% pro-life, believing that life begins at conception and supports any and all legislative efforts to restrict abortion access, including a “Human Life Amendment” to the Constitution and a “Life at Conception Act” as federal answers to the abortion debate.

Paul has also sided with the Arizona legislature and its ongoing draconian and racist legislation as a solution to the immigration problem.  Paul went so far as to say that he opposes citizenship for the children born in the U.S. to parents who are undocumented.  Of course, this view is also supported by the neo-fascist Sen. Pearce of Arizona, the primary architect of Arizona’s crackdown on Latinos.  These neo-nazi ties may not come as a surprise to those familiar with Ron Paul’s supporters, including Stormfront, the white nationalists who also support Rand Paul.

So what does all this say about the Rand Paul candidacy, and the Tea Party movement in general?  It would appear that, rather than an offshoot of Libertarianism, the Tea Party movement and its candidates is truly the mainstream of white nationalists hate.  It’s good to see the Libertarian Party rise up and denounce Paul as a result of these views and finally take measures to distance itself from the purposeful infection by the racist right.  At the end of the day the Rand Paul candidacy shows that the Tea Party movement is really the mainstreaming of the racist arm of the Republican Party, an evolution popularized and somewhat sanitized by Pat Buchanan, who coincidentally, is one of Rand Paul’s biggest cheerleaders.  And if Paul wins in November then the GOP will have to answer the question it has been dodging for the first part of the Obama presidency–just how entrenched is the GOP establishment with the racist wing of its party?

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10:10AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

David T., where do you come up with this nonsense? The Tea Party's origin was the record-breaking $6-million-dollar one-day online fundraiser on Dec. 16, 2007 for Ron Paul's (Rand's father) presidential campaign. In case you don't know, the date is significant as the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which was the apparently successful selling point of the fundraiser. The fundraiser was a response by over 50,000 citizens, many of them young and very idealistic, to the MEDIA'S willful neglect of the Paul campaign for military non-intervention, individual liberties, and a sound monetary policy. The tea party may have morphed into a practical rooting section for the GOP these days but its origins are very much rooted in the idealism of the elder Paul's philosophy, which is at extreme odds with the dominant GOP views.

6:17AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

What most fail to understand is where the Tea Party came from. 30 years ago two brothers and their father were staunch supporters of the KKK and the John Birch Society. This isn't a surprise since the family was directly involved in supporting the NAZI regime of Hitler. An aunt of these brothers was wife to a commandant of a concentration camp that systematically murdered thousands of Jews. She used the skin of dead Jews to make lampshades. This is the kind of atmosphere these two men grew up in. Move ahead and they recruited from the ranks of the KKK to form what is now known as the Tea Party, mostly a grouping of ignorant racists who, with the financial help of these brothers, won seats locally, regionally, state wide and finally federally. These brothers bought governors and senators and legislators all over the country, Scott Walker is a prime example. How can these guys do this? They own one of the largest corporations in the world, Koch Industries. Charles and David Koch also formed American for Prosperity, a SUPER PAC used to fight against anything union. Their union busting activity came to a head in Wisconsin when Scott Walker broke the state unions, was recalled and the Koch boys bought him back to do their will. David and Charles Koch have attempted to shut down busing in the south in a North Carolina town through the campaigns of Tea Party candidates. They succeeded right up to the point that the citizens revolted and impeached those candidates.

6:39AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

@ michail a., sorry to have misread and misspelled your name in prior comments. Where to draw the line between authoritarianism and "good regulation" is a matter of legitimate debate. Obviously I lean the opposite way from you. I fear the creeping advancement of federal and increasingly global government. I think you champion it.

As for the racism of the tea party and Rand Paul and his dad, I think you have been too willing to accept the word of partisans in the media. There are enough people of color in the tea party movement that have stated how welcomed they have been at tea party functions that it is evident the charges are purely partisan attacks, attempts to discredit the tea party by the often used cry of racism. Might there be SOME racists in the tea party? Almost certainly! Anytime you have a lot of people under any roof you're going to find some rotten apples among them. But it is the height of intellectual dishonesty to paint the whole with the sins of the few. The old racists of the south were all Democrats. Do we continue to call the Democratic Party racist?

4:07AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Mr Jim M. Bob it is ovious that you definetly mix ''authoritarianism'' with regulation , why don't you start critizing the Arizona legislation which is racist and degrading, why don't you expose the racist and hate monger rand paul and his dad who is definetly no libertarian and be part of the movement to stop this insane man from reelection to the senate. The drone attacks are against an ennemy that knows no mercy, we caught ben ladden, and other terrorists, decimated the terrorist leadership, we are practically at war against terrorism and terrorists, and other dictatorship states , yes there are many measures to fight these terrible men, but at the same time we must protect the innocent, the weak. Why don't you speak out for the Dream act, so we can reform our immigration policy and work for a better America and world. All reforms comes thru good government policy, as i said before good regulation is good for society, this is not ''authoritarianism'' i believe the racist tea-party have really confused you. The above article on them is a real eye catcher. We need everybody in November to go out and defeat these racist representatives and the whole tea party cohorts and throw them out of congress and senate. America needs major overhaul and modernization in our infrastructure this by itself will create millions of jobs and many more. Who is stopping our President from all the good works, ''tea party racist and confused people who cannot see right from wrong and want to

5:21AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Tell me if I'm wrong, michael a. The United States is developing more security checkpoints. There are more government surveillance cameras watching us every day. The US has the highest rate of incarceration of any nation. The US has more laws than any other nation. The government presumes the right to assassinate any US citizen via drone missile without trial and without the involvement of the courts. Although not armed at present, our skies are filling with more and more drone surveillance aircraft. More and more the federal agencies send armed SWATT-style teams to raid people for nonviolent infractions. We call ourselves the Land of the Free but clearly we have assumed many of the hallmark features of an authoritarian regime. I don't mean to be overly critical of President Obama by pointing this out. It has been building for generations. What's disappointing is that no president and few in Congress have sought to reverse this tide of "regulation" as you put it.

2:46AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Unfortunately Mr. Jim M. Bob; your the one who is deliberately or not mixing authoritarianism with regulation, and to blame everything on the current Administration who is doing a pretty good job under the circumstances considering current economic situation; the White House is doing amazing work ,and then to deal with this ricidulous group of nay-sayers in congress and people like rand and ron and to deal with his opponent ''mitt romney'' for november campaign who is trying hard to please this bunch of clowns and those crazy extremist radio announcer who saying anything just to make a buck; regulate wall street doesnt mean authoritarianism its simply means , to prevent con artists like maddox and crony's from doing their con jobs and prevent another crisis. To begin with these group of clowns who oppose our Affordable health care act who rather prefer to see 30million without insurance dying rather than getting decent proper health care is insane. European health care system works very well thank you, Canada has a very good health care system, and most ot them have conservative governments. Either these nay sayer clowns can understand this or not is irrelevant, they need to be exposed to what they are. The affordable healthcare act is here to stay so get over it this is only the beginning. The wild west is over , there is no place here anymore for ron and rand exept the lunatic asylum thank you

2:46AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Unfortunately Mr. Jim M. Bob; your the one who is deliberately or not mixing authoritarianism with regulation, and to blame everything on the current Administration who is doing a pretty good job under the circumstances considering current economic situation; the White House is doing amazing work ,and then to deal with this ricidulous group of nay-sayers in congress and people like rand and ron and to deal with his opponent ''mitt romney'' for november campaign who is trying hard to please this bunch of clowns and those crazy extremist radio announcer who saying anything just to make a buck; regulate wall street doesnt mean authoritarianism its simply means , to prevent con artists like maddox and crony's from doing their con jobs and prevent another crisis. To begin with these group of clowns who oppose our Affordable health care act who rather prefer to see 30million without insurance dying rather than getting decent proper health care is insane. European health care system works very well thank you, Canada has a very good health care system, and most ot them have conservative governments. Either these nay sayer clowns can understand this or not is irrelevant, they need to be exposed to what they are. The affordable healthcare act is here to stay so get over it this is only the beginning. The wild west is over , there is no place here anymore for ron and rand exept the lunatic asylum thank you

1:49PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Right on Tammy S. Caring has to include caring about the truth, not unleashing a torrent of unqualified venom. Snap decisions about who our mortal enemies are and lashing out at them without reflection is something we should have moved beyond after age two.

@ michail a., I must say you are very hard to follow. You begin by condemning the use of those labels, then end your post by using those very same labels plus a few others for good measure.

I tend to agree that the distinctions between those old political ideologies are overrated. To me they are neatly lumped into authoritarianism because they unhesitatingly violate individual rights, something our own government is doing in increasing measure. Will all human behavior soon be either mandated or prohibited by people who profess to know how to run our lives? Is that the rosy future that awaits us? I hate to think of Care2 members advocating for such.

9:49AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

I have decided that any one who tries to sell me an idea based in fear is more likely than not is full of cow flop - That goes for claims made by the article above just like it does for organized religion. If one can not appeal to my intellect then my emotions are being manipulated in an attempt to sell me a pig in a poke and with this economy I must respectfully decline.

I do not agree with pro-life, no one can stop abortions just medical access to them. I am all for gay marriage, employers would be rendered color blind, freedom of religion should apply to all religions and no religion at all but I am not buying into these accusations - Offer me solid facts I can verify through a reputable unbiased source then I will listen until then - take one cup of this and add it to a gallon of water and apply monthly to house plants during the growing season.

9:47AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

I have decided that any one who tries to sell me an idea based in fear is more likely than not is full of cow flop - That goes for claims made by the article above just like it does for organized religion. If one can not appeal to my intellect then my emotions are being manipulated in an attempt to sell me a pig in a poke and with this economy I must respectfully decline.

I do not agree with pro-life, no one can stop abortions just medical access to them. I am all for gay marriage, employers would be rendered color blind, freedom of religion should apply to all religions and no religion at all but I am not buying into these accusations - Offer me solid facts I can verify through a reputable unbiased source then I will listen until then - take one cup of this and add it to a gallon of water and apply monthly to house plants during the growing season.

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