Rand Paul: Small Government But Big Church!
Rand Paul, a Constitutional Conservative, and Tea Party candidate for Kentucky Senator, has established an interesting, and seemingly contradictory, platform for his campaign. While being a strong advocate for what he refers to, yet, like many others, fails to define, as smaller government, Dr. Paul is equally as committed to increasing the power and influence of the Christian church in every aspect of that Government.
Paul, according to his own site, is proud to have the endorsement of the far-Right theocratic organization, Concerned Women for America. His site boasts that his “socially conservative views have earned the respect and trust of church leaders across Kentucky.”
The Concerned Women for America’s website describes the organizations theocratic view of an America ruled by the Christian church.
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In a statement released by Concerned women for America, Beverly LaHaye, founder and chairman of Concerned Women PAC, said;
“Rand Paul is a strong man of faith and of conviction. Rand is strongly pro-life, and has pledged his support for federal measures to end abortion. Additionally, Rand is pro-parental rights, and will fight to get the federal government out of the business of indoctrinating our children with the liberal agenda, and will fight for both alternative schools and home schools… It is for these many reasons, that we proudly endorse the pro-life, pro-freedom, pro-constitution small government champion, Dr. Rand Paul, to be the next senator from the state of Kentucky.”
It seems apparent that the government desired is not smaller, rather, it is to be run by the dictates of the Christian church, instead of the American Citizens.
In addition, Pat Dobson, of the scandal plagued Focus on the Family, has become a staunch supporter of Rand Paul’s. In an interview with David Brody, discussing what he feels is the importance of Pat Dobson’s endorsement, Dr. Paul explained how if we were all good Christians, we wouldn’t need laws as much.
“I’m a Christian. We go to the Presbyterian Church. My wife’s a deacon there and we’ve gone there ever since we came to town. I see that Christianity and values is the basis of our society. I think that — in some ways it’s funny, ’cause people talk about laws, and they say, “Well, we have a law against this.” Laws really only work because most of us don’t even need the laws. You know what I mean? Ninety-eight percent of us won’t murder people, won’t steal, won’t break the law, and it helps a society to have that religious underpinning. You still need to have the laws, I mean, you have to have laws, but I think it helps to have a people who believe in law and order and who have a moral compass or a moral basis for their day-to-day life.”
If these relationships and endorsements aren’t enough, Rand Paul, through his father Ron, has become friends and political allies with one of the bigger names in the Christian Reconstructionist movement, Howard Phillips, founder of the US Taxpayers Party, which has been re-branded as The Constitution Party.
In 2009, Rand Paul was the featured guest, and speaker, at the Constitutional Party’s Liberty Banquet. The program for the evening stated; “Patriots and statesmen will come together on April 25th to hear featured guest, Dr. RAND PAUL. Don’t miss this opportunity to unite with other like-minded folks for an evening of inspiration and motivation.”
According to the Constitutional Party’s website, “The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations… The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law.”
Bringing some more political notoriety, along with an equally evangelical agenda to Rand’s aid, is none other than Sarah Palin.
During her meteoric rise to the world political stage, Sarah Palin made a point of consulting with Billy Graham regarding foreign policy with Israel, Iran and Iraq. Her questions were related to Biblical ‘End-Times’ prophecy and how foreign policy should be designed and implemented accordingly. She spent time with Mr. Graham accepting both his prayers and advice. This crash course on how to manage the end of the world also proved to be a valuable photo-op and chance for Mrs. Palin to further connect to her right-wing conservative Christian base. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Mrs. Palin shared her concern over President Obama’s policy against Jewish settlement expansion. Her objections were based on her belief that many more Jews were going to be relocating to Jerusalem in the weeks and months ahead. According to the Bible, Armageddon will not happen until the Jews have full control over Jerusalem, and Jesus won’t be coming back until we get that whole ‘Armageddon-war-to-end-all-wars’ thing out of the way. So, in Sarah Palin’s conservative Christian reasoning, we have to support Israel, at all cost, and help them expand and control the area so that Jesus can come back and either kill them or convert them to Christianity.
In a departure from his father, Ron, as well as from his own generally isolationist views, Dr. Rand seems to agree with Palin’s support of Israel.
Philip Klein, of the American spectator, quoted a position paper from Dr. Paul, which states;
“Israel and the United States have a special relationship. With our shared history and common values, the American and Israeli people have formed a bond that unites us across the many thousands of miles between our countries and calls us to work together towards peace and prosperity for our countries.
I would never vote to place trade restrictions on Israel, and I would filibuster any attempts to place sanctions on Israel or tariffs on any Israeli goods.
In the Senate, I would strive to eliminate all aid to countries that threaten Israel. Finally, Iran has become increasingly bellicose towards Israel. Thankfully, Israel has one of the bravest, most elite military forces in the world. I would never vote to prevent Israel from taking any military action her leaders felt necessary to end any Iranian threat. Just as the United States would not follow the will of another country in the face of our national security, we shall not limit the options of Israel in this area.”
Dr Paul also enjoys the backing of the openly evangelical Jim DeMint and his connection to the secretive religious organization ‘The Family‘, currently under investigation for their in-kind financial support to various politicians.
Rand Paul has been touted as a fresh perspective, anti-establishment, candidate. His platform and list of endorsements seem to bely such a claim. In fact, Dr. Rand seems to be entrenched so deeply in the Christian conservative establishment that his platform is anything but smaller government. His apparent proposition describes the creation of a people’s government of less authority dominated by a non-democratic religious government with increased authority.
Rand Paul is not a fresh new candidate for the expansion of personal freedom under a less obtrusive government, but the harbinger of a conservative theocracy disguised as a Libertarian. His vision is not of the future, but of a pre-civil rights amendment past, where McCarthyism meets Billy Graham, the constitution is trumped by the churches interpretation of the bible, and civil liberties are traded for religious doctrine.
Mark Twain once said, “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because it’s always twenty years behind the times.” Hopefully Kentuckians will catch up in time to ‘vote No to Rand Paul’ this November, and his platform intent on destroying the Constitution.