Rand Paul has “Gone Washington”

Posted by on October 13, 2014
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On July 25th, 2014, I attended a meeting with U.S. Senator Rand Paul and selected leaders of the Tea Party and liberty leaders in the counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell, and Grant in Kentucky. There were about 30 people in attendance along with the 7 person entourage of Rand Paul. Senator Paul said he was working on repatriating taxes from American companies overseas by getting them tax breaks to come back home. He said that the terror group ISIS is flourishing in part because America’s policies in Iraq created a space for them. Rand said he opposes sending troops back into Iraq. He also said that we must secure our border with Mexico and that 11 million people are coming to our Country illegally.

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After Rand gave a brief update of his recent activities in DC he said he would take questions. I was called on first and stood up and started by telling Rand that we always pray for him and that we thank him most sincerely for his many votes and amendments defending the U.S. Constitution. I told him, however, that he is undoing all the good he has done by supporting Mitch McConnell. I reminded Rand that he told me many years ago that he was most saddened by the Patriot Act. I explained that McConnell has always supported the Patriot Act and that, a few years ago, he voted with most of the other Senators to make the Patriot Act provisions permanent and then stated that this legislation was very needed and said that it doesn’t even go far enough. McConnell even said that there is nothing in the Patriot Act that is unconstitutional. I held up my copy of the Constitution and said that the Patriot Act completely violated the 4th Amendment and others. And how can anyone say otherwise when there were 50,000 “no knock raids” in the United States just last year alone. I reminded Rand of all the innocent people affected due to attacks by our militarized police at wrong addresses, flash grenades being tossed into homes and maiming children, etc.

I further told Rand that he is “Tea Party goes to Washington” and why would he be with liberal Republican Senator Lamar Alexander in Tennessee over a year ago for the express purpose of discouraging a Tea Party candidate to run against Senator Alexander. I told Rand that when one supports bad Republicans that it just makes them worse. I asked Rand why he would go to Maine over three months ago to speak at a Republican gathering and tell the people there that he wholeheartedly supports the re-election of their liberal Republican Senator Susan Collins in Maine, and that “she has done a good job for the people of Maine.”  And I reminded Rand that even the reporters were surprised and asked him after the  speech why he was supporting Susan Collins who supports NSA surveillance and has voted for NDAA and Patriot Act that Rand Paul fights against. Rand told the reporters that they would “have to ask Senator Susan Collins about that.”

I also got after Rand for not helping Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel in his race against 41 year liberal incumbent Senator Thad Cochran down in Mississippi.  I told Rand that it makes me sick that Mitch McConnell raised $825,000 for Senator Cochran to use in the June 24th Republican Run-Off election that Cochran barely won. Establishment Republican money went to bribe liberal Democrats to vote for Cochran and I pointed out to Rand that envelopes with cash were handed out to people who promised to vote for Cochran in this open primary. I also told Rand that his flippant remark in the newspapers about how he is “in favor of more people voting not less” was a slap in our faces considering all the vote buying and other despicable tactics engaged in by the Republican Establishment. I further got after Rand for his recent talk of “minimizing” the pro-life movement in order to build a bigger Republican tent full of voters. I reminded him how he coveted the endorsement of Northern Kentucky Right To Life four years ago when he ran for Senate and how I put my reputation on the line by helping him to procure that endorsement. And now NKRTL has written to him for a clarification of his statements and he doesn’t even answer their letter. (Rand did point out that he met with NKRTL the day before our meeting).  I found out from Fred Summe of NKRTL that his board only met with Doug Stafford and Rachel McCubbin and not Rand. Fred Summe tells me that Stafford and McCubbin tried to assure NKRTL that their issues are still paramount in Rand’s mind. According to Fred, NKRTL believes Rand has gotten bit by the presidential bug and he now wants to be all things to all people.

Bottom line is that I told Rand he is not the same person that we so strongly supported. I reminded Rand of what he said to Jack Conway in the Senate debates four years ago when Conway was lying about Rand and doing all sorts of horrendous things in order to win for U.S. Senate.  Rand looked at Conway and  said: “What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his eternal soul?”

I told Rand that I now throw that same line on him. I also told him that we do NOT want him to lose his soul. While Rand insisted otherwise, his actions prove that he is comfortable with the Senate status quo in Washington and that he just wants Republicans re-elected. He said it was better to work with someone who agrees with him 30% of the time rather than a Democrat who might be only with him 5% of the time. Rand said that I was bashing him unfairly, that he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and that I was not naming even one vote he has made that I disagreed with. I shot back that there were several, including his vote to confirm John Kerry as our Secretary of State. He did not want to hear anything further from me.   I do hope I made Rand reflect on the course he is taking.


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Bernie Kunkel

Bernie Kunkel is a political activist in Boone County, Kentucky and former Field Representative for U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

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  • BillBloomer

    THE author of this hit piece clearly states that, “After Rand gave a brief update of his recent activities in DC he said he would take questions.”  The author then described how he ambushed the legislator for probably 5 minutes and *NEVER ASKED A QUESTION*.  This is the kind of tactic that give tea-partiers a bad reputation.  I am not saying I disagree with the author’s conclusions, only that he seems more interested in blowing his own horn than in actually seeking to engage Mr. Paul in an fruitful discussion.  JMHO.

  • JoeSegura

    Everyone on the right hopes that Rand will be true to his principles. But it appears that Rand is compromising his principles because he has made the judgement that he needs the support of establishment Republicans to make his run for president. We understand what he is doing but it clearly taints his reputation among the libertarian and conservative wings of the Republican Party.