Never in my lifetime have there been so many candidates running for the presidency who were self labeled firebrand conservatives, tea party republicans. Of these there are three who immediately stand out of the pack including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul. The vote is split among supporters for these three. It is difficult to differentiate the best of the three, or even among the rest of the crowd including Carson, Fiorina, and Trump. In reality, for a true conservative, for a true patriot right wing firebrand tea party republican, one is much better than the rest, Rand Paul. Here are some reasons why:
Monetary policy is the single most important factor and platform consideration of our era. We are quickly heading into 19 Trillion dollars into debt and that means we are over 75% of the way there to the absolute point of no return as a percentage of GDP for even the most conservative estimate. No other candidate even has a monetary policy. The rest of the field believes that fiscal policy will solve the problem when in reality; it would only be treating the symptoms and not the cause. The Federal Reserve is privately owned by foreigners and has been let off its leash in reality since the 70’s but in real and present danger since 2008. There has been no controls, sensors, regulation, audits, etc. of this private institution whatsoever and it is Rand Paul alone who has been beating this drumbeat. Audit the Fed is a initiative to expose the dealings in the dark and then use the information unveiled to abolish it and return the country to a constitutional currency. This single platform item is the most important platform item, for without reform to monetary policy, we will cease to be a sovereign Republic in the near future.
Bill of Rights
Rand Paul is the only candidate that supports the entire Bill of Rights without exception. Not only is he the only constitutional scholar on the stage, he is also the only one who supports the entire constitution. This includes the 4th amendment, the 10th amendment and all of due process alone. He is the only candidate that has the courage to say that federal regulation of food and medicine is not a authority granted in the constitution and by the 10th amendment belongs to the states. He is the only candidate with the courage to state that the federal government bypassing all due process and recording in live time all private digital interactions and transactions is completely illegal and unlawful. Every other candidate has opposed his fight to reform this draconian practice and policies!
ISIS and Russia
While every other candidate beats their chest and declares how they are going to destroy ISIS unilaterally, claim the oil fields, bomb, send boots on the ground, and generally bypass constitutional controls on war powers to fight this malignant organization using fear and emotion; Rand Paul stands well spoken using truth and reason. He points out that both republicans and democrats have decided to work together to fund ISIS, to train them, arm them and support them in their fight to take down Assad. He talks about how our republican policy of removing secular dictators in the middle east has been disastrous, and he says we need to stop funding them and supporting them first and foremost. When it came to Benghazi, he was the only one not so much concerned with the stand down order, but what the ambassador was doing there in the first place courageously asking the Secretary of State if surface to air missiles were shipped to ISIS or Al Qaeda at the time through Turkey causing her to stutter as she did not know what to answer. As other candidates curse and declare Russia to be out of line fighting ISIS in Syria, Rand points out that they are fighting the same enemy these same candidates beat their chest and declare we will fight. He points out that we spent 5 billion dollars overthrowing the democratic government in Ukraine and is confused when Rubio declares Russia is trying to split up NATO, an obsolete organization once the Berlin wall fell. Fear and emotion are not his ways and when it comes to foreign policy, all too often the well meaning patriot succumbs to easy rhetoric only to hurt the nation they love.
Anyone remember the first of the three epic filibusters protesting the nomination of a CIA director who believed that killing other citizens of other country’s without due process and with impunity was wrong and dangerous? This act took courage and got results. Republicans, under the failed and extremely dangerous policies of Bush and Cheney, became bamboozled by torture, assassinations, indefinite detention, mercenaries, etc. all without due process. These are the most immoral acts a nation can commit and violate the golden rule to the absolute degree. No moral nation can justify the removal of due process and the terrible acts of blatant aggression using hired guns and super black sights off of black budgets to torture, rape, kill, assassinate other people of other nations. Rand Paul is the only candidate who has been consistently and utterly against these dark and devilish policies. This one alone would send him to the top of the pack as critical as these policies are for the future of the Republic and semblance of American exceptionalism.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Saying TPP makes conservatives eyes go cross-eyed. They had never heard of it, yet what they did find out about they didn’t like, and yet it was their elected representatives happily voting away sovereignty and receiving huge sums of money, for many several years worth of earnings for their sellout vote. Rand Paul was the only person in the race to vote against this American ruining treaty. He was the only one to go read it, he was the only one to speak out against it as much as the illegal policy of classification allowed, and he voted against it 100% of the time. Rand Paul understands how important America is to the world and is opposed to selling its sovereignty down the river to unelected corporate regulatory boards who would always favor the large and few and hurt the small and many.
Not only is his tax plan easy to understand and presented in simplistic terms, it is also the first practical tax reform to be proposed in my lifetime. Lots of bluster of flat taxes, over fair taxes, over simplifying the tax code, over lowering the tax rates, yet almost never has this ever happened. In fact, it was JFK who seemed to last have any long lived success in lowering taxes and boosting the economy. Rand Paul has proposed to abolish the IRS, proposed a 14.5% tax rate for all including business and people, he has removed the sickening taxation of our payroll, he allowed for the top 3 favorite tax write-offs to remain, he incentivized repatriation, and no one under 50k a year gets taxed. This would be the single most incredible tax reform in modern history. This proposal is so simple all it would need is an up or down vote in congress and is one in which all the country could rally behind. For conservatives, who are governed by fear, this is the verge of the acceptable reform and therefore it is the most practical and makes Rand the most sensible. Progressive taxation is socialism and any Republican who supports progressive taxation is in a very real sense, a socialist including most on the stage this cycle.