By Robert Capehert
EVERY so often, a politician will do something worthwhile—something illuminating constitutional ideas; of the framer’s convictions, encompassing particular political theories colliding with specific time and chance.
Crede, ut Intelligas praised Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for his strident stand against the tyrannical tyranny of Barack Obama’s administration. Likewise, this author was also impressed by Rand Paul’s explication of a conservatism drawn toward the actual “conservation” of constitutional criteria.
Republicans, therefore, come to a place where they will be forced to listen. The Old Guard of Republican politics, animated by folks like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham, has become course and illegitimate—due to numerous factors.
One of those factors, perhaps, is that it has proven itself unelectable. Even so, those opposed to direction of U.S. policy both foreign, and domestic, are looking for a political vessel to support a winning agenda.
Enter Rand Paul (and it’s about time)
From Rod Dreher over at The American Conservative, quoting Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist at the New York Times,
Since the 2012 election, a number of prominent Republicans — Eric Cantor, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and so on — have given speeches that tiptoe toward new ideas, new policies, new visions of what their party might stand for and support. But ultimately they’ve all stopped short of actually breaking with the policy consensus that sent Romney down to defeat.
Paul, by contrast, has actually challenged that consensus in a substantive and constructive way. And far from being excommunicated for it, he’s been rewarded with greater prominence and increased conservative support.
For those with ears, let them hear.
Lead, you timid conformists. Lead!
It is Sen. Paul above and beyond the populist Republican fray, whom is actually going another direction. One in which, ideas can be defended consistently on constitutional matters—therefore, being a robust position to rally public support for, nationally—becoming a potent antidote to Democratic Party authoritarian progressivism.