Lately, everywhere I’ve turned I’ve found pieces about Rand Paul and his tendency to plagiarize speeches, written statements, articles, and apparently anything else he can think of. It’s almost gotten to the point where just seeing the “Paul” name prompts me to automatically move my mouse to the “next” button on my laptop. I’m sure I’ve missed a few good stories on Paul Ryan and perhaps even Paul Simon because of this Rand Paul phenomenon.
But today, as I reflexively hovered my cursor over “next,” I was stopped in my tracks. I had almost forgotten that Rand Paul had an equally crazy father — and yet there he was. And the plot of this particular Ron Paul story was reminiscent of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.
On Monday, Ken Cuccinelli was searching for a fellow TEA party type to buoy up his chances of winning the Virginia Gubernatorial election (held today). And Cuccinelli, (the not so easily embarrassed sodomy guy) reached out to his old friend, Ron Paul.
Ron Paul wasted no time in getting into his “controversial” ideas. This time he has come up with a sure-fire way to end Obamacare. Ron Paul wants us to just ignore it (and all other federal laws) and just run the states independently. Another word for his plan is, “nullification.” Paul drew wisdom from one of the founding fathers and, according to the Daily Kos, said:
“(Thomas) Jefferson obviously was a clear leader on the principle of nullification,” the former Texas congressman said of the third president. “I’ve been working on the assumption that nullification is going to come. It’s going to be a de facto nullification. It’s ugly, but pretty soon things are going to get so bad that we’re just going to ignore the feds and live our own lives in our own states.”
Now if that rings a bell in your brain somewhere, it’s probably because that was the general line of thinking that led us into the American Civil War way back in 1860. Nullification was a major area of concern in the late 1850’s when the slavery issues was red hot. According to Martin Kelly, writing for About.com – American History:
“Many felt that the new constitution ignored the rights of states to continue to act independently. They felt that the states should still have the right to decide if they were willing to accept certain federal acts. This resulted in the idea of nullification, whereby the states would have the right to rule federal acts unconstitutional. The federal government denied states this right. However, proponents such as John C. Calhoun fought vehemently for nullification. When nullification would not work and states felt that they were no longer respected, they moved towards secession.”
And so, in a very real sense, Ron Paul is calling for Americans to ignore the Federal Government completely, and do whatever the separate states decide they want to do. But Ron Paul wasn’t quite finished. He then carefully wove a tapestry invoking the use of arms against perceived government tyranny. (The fundamental interest of many TEA party members, and the coded meaning in their copious use of the “don’t tread on me” serpent flag.) What Ron Paul specifically said is:
“The Second Amendment was there, and they [the Founders] explicitly said, you know, when you have an overly intrusive government and when tyranny comes then that is a problem…but believe me, the McAuliffes and the Obamas of the world will come and they undermine our liberties. They’ve been doing it and it’s going to take strong people to stand up and say “enough is enough we don’t want anymore overbearing government!”
The gossamer-thin veil previously covering the face of rebellion at the core of the TEA party movement is quickly disappearing. Extremists like Ken Cuccinelli, Ted Cruz, Ron and Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann and so many others, are actually hoping for armed rebellion, and the happy coincidence of the election of a black President was certainly serendipitous. We need to show these extremists for what they are, before they take control of our government, because the truth is, most of them want to end government completely.