2016

2016 Presidential Race: Rand Paul with Chris Matthews

Prelude

Photo courtesy of the United States Senate

Photo courtesy of the United States Senate – Senator Rand Paul, Republican Party Candidate

How would Rand Paul, as president of the United States, deal with the hawks in Washington, D.C.? How would he deal with ISIS and American interests such as diplomatic outposts abroad? Is Benghazi still worth discussing? Are there important lessons to be learned? What about a comparison between 911 and Benghazi? As Chris Matthews proposes,

You know we lost four people, good people, over there in Benghazi, ah, so somebody left the door open you could say and yet we lost 3,000 Americans in 2001…but you don’t hear the democrats spending the last, ah, fourteen years talking about it, do ya? What’s the difference?

Dr. Paul has a different take than the usual run of the mill republican. What about American intervention in the middle east? The United States, according to Dr. Paul, ought to think about American intervention in a different way. For example, what should and should not be the responsibilities of the United States and what should be the responsibilities of a country in the middle east like that of Turkey? Should the Kurds be involved?  Should there be a Kurdish state? How should the Sunnis be involved in middle east diplomacy and policy? Should the Sunnis take the lead in western and northwestern Iraq, and Syria, while the United States and the Shiites take a back seat? Where does Senator Paul reside on biological evolution? The Earth is 4.5 billion years old, correct? Where does Senator Paul reside on social justice? You may be surprised by Dr. Paul’s answers on evolution and other subjects.

Rand Paul

Photo Courtesy of Alexander Bolton of The Hill

Photo Courtesy of Alexander Bolton of The Hill – Senator Paul engaging voters in Detroit, Michigan

Dr. Rand Paul is the junior senator from Kentucky. He is also the son of former congressman Ron Paul of Texas. Born out of the 2010 Tea Party movement, Dr. Paul has become an active and outspoken member in the political arena. He considers himself a constitutional conservative and libertarian. And unlike other republican candidates running for the republican nomination, he is considered, by some political observers, to be thoughtful and considerate of other people and their plight. He is considered by some on both the right and left to be an intellectual. As a medical doctor of ophthalmology, he has a background in math and science. He is also a man of faith.

Introducing, Dr. Rand Paul.

The Interview

 

Final Thoughts

Photo Courtesy of randpaul.com - Rand and Kelley Paul

Photo Courtesy of randpaul.com – Rand and Kelley Paul

Agree or disagree with Dr. Rand Paul, he is willing to reach out to and engage with people and locations that many republicans are just not interested in reaching out to or engaging. Of course, Senator Paul argues that Democrats are not willing to reach out to or engage disenfranchised groups as well. Recall his words from the interview,

I was in the south side of Chicago yesterday, campaigning…saying that I’ve got something to offer for poverty; I’ve got something to offer for your crummy schools; and I’ve got something to offer for the fact that both republicans and democrats have taken a generation of young black men and put them in jail. And I think it’s wrong and we’ve gone way to far.

Dr. Paul continues,

…people are taking notice of me coming there..not only do republicans not go there, typically, democrats don’t either…[those people] still live in poverty and nothing gets better.

It is difficult for some people to see or admit to, especially those of a liberal persuasion, that Senator Rand Paul is being honest and truthful in his words and actions. Perhaps he is not just spewing rhetoric, but in fact he does care. Perhaps he is the real deal. He is as Daniel Goleman argues illustrating emotional intelligence; that is, empathizing and considering the situation of others.

He is indeed being honest about doing something about lifting people up and increasing upward mobility. His actions illustrate as much. Besides visiting Chicago, he has engaged voters in Atlanta, Ferguson, and Detroit. He talks the talk and walks the walk. In 2014, Senator Cory Booker, democrat from New Jersey, co-sponsored a bill with Senator Paul called the Redeem Act that was introduced to the 113th Congress. In 2015, Senator Paul and Senator Booker re-introduced the legislation to the 114th Congress. The bill currently resides in the Committee on the Judiciary for further review.

One final thought, Dr. Paul acknowledges human evolution. Not only that, he acknowledges and recognizes the age of the Earth, and the universe, with no problems; hence, he did not hesitate when confronted with the subject in his interview with Chris Matthews. As a policy concern for science education and research and development, this is an important component to consider. One counter argument would be his libertarian position on reducing spending and non-governmental intervention, which may include scientific research and development. But that question would need to be proposed to the senator. Would Senator Paul consider increasing spending in science education and research and development? As a follow up question, would Senator Paul consider science to be a public good? Would he consider science to be a benefit for the public good? As president, would he be willing to invest in science education? As president, would he be willing to invest in scientific research and development?

 

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