By AATTP contributing author, Paul Bibeau
Trying new things is exciting. Experimenting with different friends, lifestyles and beliefs is what makes this world such an adventure. But you have to be careful. Not every kind of choice is good for you. Some are bad, really bad. Especially Rand Paul.
Maybe you’ve heard of Rand Paul from a friend, or learned about him at a party. Many people discover Paul for the first time while they’re at college. Folks might even tell you he’s “cool” or “hip.” That he’s going to liberate you with his wild, mind-blowing properties. Don’t believe it.
Rand Paul seems harmless, but he isn’t. In fact, he’s a gateway to the most hardcore forms of Republicanism out there. Don’t let him destroy your life.
Sure, he said a lot of interesting things about the drone program. And with his comments on softening drug penalties, you might think Rand Paul is all about personal freedom. That’s just not true. Paul is not even in favor of legalizing marijuana – he’s using states’ rights rhetoric. And his filibuster about the drone program made for a compelling fundraising letter. But he’s not going to change policy and turn the GOP into some kind of hippie non-interventionist party, is he? To believe that you’d have to be, well, high.
Supporting Rand Paul leads to a scary collection of right wing Republican policies. Paul co-authored a Senate bill, the Life At Conception Act, that would outlaw abortions even in the case of rape or incest. He’s solidly against gun control, and sure he’s said he wants to leave gay marriage up to the states, but he opposes it. And that is a meaningless distinction. Because in fact, Republicans have a history of putting anti-gay marriage referendums on state ballots to energize turnout among the committed crazies, which helps elect their national candidates.
Rand Paul is a way for idealistic libertarian-leaning kids to stumble into the GOP. And when they do, they even think it will be different for them. That’s what everybody thinks. But you start supporting Rand Paul, and pretty soon you’re on that long slide. You’re rationalizing all the social issues, you’ve withdrawn from your friends (the ones who are women, anyway). And soon you’re just hanging out with others who are into the same life. Then one day you find yourself voting for Mitch McConnell and going to CPAC. And you don’t know yourself anymore. You read some hateful nonsense by Ann Coulter, and it just doesn’t even bother you like it should.
But you can stay out of this darkness. You have a choice.
Just say no.
Paul Bibeau writes humor and commentary over at Goblinbooks.