U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) will travel to South Carolina in late June to raise money for the South Carolina Republican Party – the same entity which dissed him earlier this month at the behest of fiscally liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.).
We would strongly urge him to reconsider his decision …
We know Paul is seeking to ingratiate himself with the SCGOP establishment in advance of the Palmetto State’s 2016 “First in the South” presidential primary, but raising money for South Carolina “Republicans” is totally inconsistent with everything he claims to be fighting for (and against) in Washington, D.C.
“I am happy to once again come to South Carolina, this time to help the South Carolina Republican Party as we fight for conservative values together, now and in the future,” Paul said in a SCGOP release touting his visit.
Wait … the SCGOP is “fighting for conservative values?” Really?
Last time we checked the party was fighting for fiscally liberal politicians like Graham, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, Senate Finance chairman Hugh Leatherman and a host of other budget-ballooning, tax-hiking, crony capitalist hypocrites.
Seriously … if these guys are emblematic of “conservative values,” then this country is in serious trouble (but we repeat ourselves).
If Paul follows through on his planned visit it wouldn’t be the first time he’s sold out to the status quo. Last spring he jumped on board the Mitt Romney bandwagon rather than endorsing a presidential candidate who actually stood for something (like we did).
And more recently we’ve seen troubling emails targeting social conservatives in which Paul touts his support for “traditional marriage.”
Now he wants to raise money for a bunch of two-faced politicians whose ideas on “economic development” and “education reform” involve pouring more taxpayer money into the same failed approaches (and making sure some of that money continues to land in their pockets).
Sheesh … and what makes Paul’s sellouts even more baffling is the fact that South Carolina is clearly no longer the must-win state it used to be.
If Rand Paul wishes to have any credibility whatsoever with true fiscal conservative, pro-free market, pro-liberty voters – he will refrain from lending his financial support to an ethically bankrupt entity like the SCGOP.
After all as the Republican Party itself has demonstrated, you can only trade on a name so many times before it loses its meaning …