It might seem crazy, and I really do despise talking about who is running in 2016, considering we’re still stuck here in 2013 and all, but I think Rand Paul may have already proven himself wholly unfit to serve as President of the United States of America. Anyone who can’t see their way to immediately distance themselves from all things Sarah Palin clearly doesn’t understand why the Republican Party has lost five out of six of the last presidential elections. Senator Paul told CNN recently, “I love an endorsement by Sarah Palin. What’s not to love?”
What’s not to love, Senator? Well, for starters, and I mean zero disrespect to all my sedimentary friends out there — but Palin is as dumb as a box of rocks. Actually, let me clarify that. I have my suspicions that much of Palin’s “Aw, Shucks” conservatism is a ruse and if she had surmised a few years ago that being a liberal Democrat was the way to be popular and well-liked, she’d have gone that route. So I’m not sure how genuine her shtick is, but the bottom line is that the stuff that comes out of her mouth is just dumb. I’m not demagogueing here. Most often she can be quoted saying something really dumb.
Here are three examples of her dumbest quotes, and maybe Senator Paul should reconsider whether he’ll so lovingly accept the endorsement of a woman who saw her way to utter these nuggets of “wisdom.”
I know what the Quitter in Chief was meaning to say here — that Obama was coming for everyone’s guns. It’s an easy chunk of red meat to throw the rand and file Republican voters and when she said it at CPAC in 2012 she certainly riled up the super-hard-line-right folks in attendance. To anyone outside that group though, it’s just insulting and dumb. What exactly is Sarah saying? That the only things that are important are guns and a 237 year old piece of parchment? Aren’t there things that even conservatives would like to change? Of course there are…they just involve minorities voting and women’s junk, that’s all.
Really Sarah? So if we don’t hunt, we don’t eat? Well, maybe that’s not such a dumb statement after all. I mean, maybe Sarah was thinking about the fact that sometimes when I go to a grocery store I’ve never been to and I have to hunt around for what I came in for. That’s probably what Sarah meant, right? Of course not. Sarah was just playing to the God and Guns crowd…again…feeding the narrative that only strapping, gun-toting hunters know what it’s really like to eat. Even eating, something we all have to do to survive is politicized by the right if it means making a pro-gun statement.
#1. “Folks, this government isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed.”
Graphic Credit: New York Times
I’m not sure if I’m more angry or bemused by this one. It will never cease to amaze me when right-wing politicians rail against the government as being evil. If that’s the case, if government is so bad, then why do they want to start “stealing money from the taxpayer” themselves? Why is it that only when liberals run for office do they become part of the big, terrible machinery of the government, but when conservatives run, they’re running to fight the establishment? Remember all those Tea Partiers who came into Congress in 2010 to fight the system? How many of them are taking big, fat checks from the Kochs and other conservative PACs. It’s beyond stupid when conservatives say the government is just set up for failure, because in case they’ve forgotten, they’re all one-half of the government. Sure, they’re going to do everything to pin the blame for all that ails the country on the Democrats, but the truth lies in the middle, equal blame to go around.
That last quote is precisely the kind of thing that Senator Rand Paul will be saying for the next three years, too. He’s the exact same kind of hypocritical tool that will criticize the size and scope of the Federal government, but when it comes to voting to cut anything other than programs that help the poor and needy? Rand’s ethical objection to big government goes right out the window with his credibility. Then again, lovingly accepting Sarah Palin’s endorsement accomplishes the same thing, right?