SAY IT AIN’T SO, “TEA PARTIER …”
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) – son of presidential candidate and libertarian hero Ron Paul – endorsed GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s presidential bid this week, becoming the latest Tea Party figure to be assimilated by the former Massachusetts governor’s big government borg.
“My first choice had always been my father. I campaigned for him when I was 11-years-old. He’s still my first pick,” Paul said during an appearance on FOX News. “But now that the nominating process is over … I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be supporting Gov. Mitt Romney.”
Really, Rand Paul?
What a joke …
Romney stands for everything that Rand Paul claims to stand against … and yet he’s throwing his lot in with him anyway? That’s disappointing under normal circumstances, but it’s downright inexcusable when there’s a candidate running who would actually carry forward the ideals of the Ron Paul movement.
Incidentally, Paul’s endorsement of Romney comes less than a month after Romney ripped his father’s budget cutting plans – and days after he appointed a socialized medicine backer to lead his transition team. Apparently Paul is willing to overlook all of that, though - and the fact that Romney is nothing but a tax-hiking, crony capitalist-backing, socialized medicine supporter (not to mention palace-dwelling chicken hawk).
For his part, the Etch A Sketch candidate was ecstatic at this high-profile assimilation.
“Senator Paul has been a leading voice in the effort to scale back the size and reach of government and promote liberty,” Romney said in a statement. “I am grateful for Senator Paul’s support and look forward to working with him to get America back on the right track.”
Needless to say, we’re not buying it. In fact we’ve been on the record for months opposing this unholy union.
“If Paul (or his son) decide to go with Romney – we won’t be going with them,” we wrote back in March. “Fiscal conservatives need (and deserve) an alternative choice – not some sort of ‘corrupt bargain’ with the GOP establishment.”
Why are we taking such a hard line on this? Because the conservative” wing of the GOP refuses to do so … which is why we end up with “Republicans” like George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and yes, Romney, advancing policy that bears absolutely no resemblance to the GOP’s stated support for lower taxes, less spending and individual liberty.
“There is no hope for our country if people are going to sell out like that,” our founding editor’s wife, the lovely Mrs. Sic Willie, noted.
We concur …
The Pauls have amassed considerable credibility among the limited government movement in this country. Endorsing a pseudo-socialist like Romney is one sure way to obliterate that credibility.