National Politics - 2016

Rand Paul Runs Home …

… BUT CAN HE GO HOME AGAIN? || By FITSNEWS || There is no politician in recent American history who has advanced freedom and free markets – and challenged fascism and statism – as consistently as Ron Paul. That’s why we endorsed his 2012 bid for the GOP nomination. Unfortunately…


|| By FITSNEWS || There is no politician in recent American history who has advanced freedom and free markets – and challenged fascism and statism – as consistently as Ron Paul.

That’s why we endorsed his 2012 bid for the GOP nomination.

Unfortunately the apple (a.k.a. U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky) has fallen a considerable distance from the tree … a distance that was only growing as the younger Paul announced his presidential aspirations back in the spring.

Now that Rand Paul’s 2016 candidacy is struggling mightily, he’s running back home … trotting out an endorsement letter from his father this week praising his “commitment to liberty, Austrian economics, small government, and following the Constitution.”

“Even where Rand and I do have minor differences of opinion, I would take Rand’s position over any of his opponents’ in both parties every time,” the elder Paul added.


Last time we checked Rand Paul – the candidate who was supposed to grow the party by inviting new views – had taken on the role of GOP loyalty czar, all in a desperate bid to undermine the candidacy of Donald Trump, who is raking in all the anti-establishment supporters the younger Paul was supposed to be inspiring.

We’re going to be blunt about what went down here: Rand Paul made a strategic decision over a year ago that his name was enough to keep the pro-freedom, pro-free market libertarians in line … leaving him free to run to the mushy middle of the “Republican” political spectrum.

That plan has failed miserably … and now Paul is trying to run home.

“The letter appears to be a renewed pivot toward (Rand Paul’s) libertarian roots at a time his campaign has been struggling for cash and sagging in primary polls,” Politico reported.

Yeah … that may work for some “libertarians,” but we’re not buying it.  In fact his “pivot” strikes us as completely devoid of substance … sort of like his big “win” on domestic spying.

Of all the 2016 “Republicans,” Rand Paul’s candidacy was the one we were most excited about.  We viewed him as the sort of guy who would take the fight to the establishment (as Trump has done), not coddle it … or lend it his imprimatur.

But that hasn’t happened …

Rand Paul’s attempt to flip back to his libertarian roots by embracing his father – after months spent keeping him at arms’ length – is worse than a flip-flop on a particular issue, it’s a fundamental shape-shifting maneuver that would make a chameleon like Mitt Romney proud.  And the fact it involves his own father is even more disappointing.

Ron Paul may still be willing to put his arm around his son … but we’re not.


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9" August 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm Reply
Sic Semper Tyrannis August 18, 2015 at 6:15 pm

From what aspect ?

9" August 18, 2015 at 6:18 pm

front row,insane crowd/band

9" August 18, 2015 at 6:20 pm Reply
Sic Semper Tyrannis August 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Thanks bro, republicans grabbing straws. Too bad SC can’t control the USA. I suggest succeed again for SC.

Taos August 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm

I lost it with that a$$hole last year when he started pandering to blacks by siding with the Black Lives Matter terrorists over the Police. Yeah, I know, he was theoretically opposing the militarization of police forces around the nation. However, it’s hard to not see their purchase of military leftovers as the lesser of the evils between them and the terrorist BLM group.

SadCracker August 18, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Good thing Trump is the racist yo’ve been waiting for.

Soft Sigh from Hell August 18, 2015 at 7:17 pm

He’s been waiting for the return of Bull Conner apparently.

“terrorist BLM group” What a honking loon.

Taos August 18, 2015 at 8:45 pm

F&ck You! They are a domestic terrorist group and as they become increasingly violent over the coming years, you’ll see that better. But hey, you’re saint hooding a fat a$$ thug who got mowed down by a cop in Ferguson when he tried to KILL said cop, so really, there’s probably no hope for you anyway.

Domestic Terror August 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

There are a lot of right wing whackjob domestic terror groups too, but most of those support Rand and Ron.

BLM "Terrorist" August 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

They’ve been annoying as hell with interrupting speeches but I have yet to see one set off an IED.

WilliamRD August 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Rand Paul never sided with or met with Black lives matter. Total BS.

Taos August 19, 2015 at 7:31 am

I noted above that he actually was criticizing the militarization of police. Yep, just a clever, back door way to pander to blacks and BLM. IMHO, in the zero sum game scripted by this horrible president and his allies like BLM, Rand Paul doesn’t get any passes when choosing the lives of thugs over those of law enforcement. Look, no rational person supports the white Charleston police officer that shot the black suspect this past year; likewise no rational person supports Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, or Michael Brown.

WilliamRD August 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

Lots of conservatives have been very critical of the militarization of the police. Where have you been kid??

Taos August 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Think if you polled those same conservatives now – giving the horrendous anti-police year we’ve had brought to you by this crappy president and his terrorist BLM allies – that they’d be so anti-militarization? Because, I think not. At least for those that I’d define as a “conservative”

Losing His Base Quickly August 19, 2015 at 9:59 am

“He’s catering to those damned jigaboos! His father would never have stooped so low!”

Tazmaniac August 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

He is going to need a helluva lot more than a note from Daddy pinned on his chest. Rand’s name isn’t even mentioned anymore when the topic of Non-Establishment Candidates are discussed. The Beltway is a anchor around your neck these days and Rand is applying for membership lately.

Kurt August 19, 2015 at 8:34 am

Let’s not get confused.
Rand Paul is by far the candidate most comitted in the fight for Liberty and the Bill of Rights. In that regard, NO ONE even comes close.


Tazmaniac August 19, 2015 at 8:38 am

Simply put, no he isn’t. He has been flip flopping and bending like a contortionist.

Kurt August 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

Simply put by a simple mind. Good job !
But he is still the best candidate for the defense of Liberty and a limited government that follows the Constitution.
Why don’t you tell us which candidate passes your “purity” test, so we can have a real conversation and see who you stand with.

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

“Was”, man. “Was”, is the correct tense. His flip-flopping on important freedom and liberty puts this in past tense. Unfortunately, Rand has never been his dad. Unfortunately as of late, his dad seems to be taken with social issues and/or pandering to those who place religious-based social issues above freedom and liberty issues.

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You endorse the LEAST Republic August 18, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Didn’t you endorse Gary ‘Global Warming’ Johnson in 2012?

You always pick the Republican candidate most-liberal and most likely to lose…It’s why the Democrats are so fond of FITNews.

En Masse GrandTango August 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

Since GT has figured out the whole guest commenting thing he can pretend to be multiple commenters and make believe that people actually agree with him for once.

FoolishFits August 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

And who else will you support, you idiots? Yes, let’s support the purist so we can say “told you so” while watching the continued collapse.

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Kooky Ron Paul-Bots August 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Rand screwed up advocating the kooky shit his Dad and Obama are for.

When you truly believe you can ignore zealot barbarian Jihadists, and they’ll go away, you are not qualified to be president.

From Arab Spring to ISIS being the JV team, FITSNews, the Paul-Bots and Obama have looked like the true fucking idiots they are.

Rand had a chance, but his dad, and the pro-doper-abortionists screwed him out of it.

Lone Ranger August 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Ah…home—where Will Folks STILL can’t see political train
wrecks coming and still lies about sleeping with Haley

And where a punk RINO from Kentucky pees down his leg like
Will and McConnell and McCain keep doing daily !!!

@RealBane August 18, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Attacking Trump was his downfall.

@RealLame August 18, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Thinking FitsNews is accurate in his political coverage is your downfall.

Plane Nonsense August 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

If you have a private jet to show off and can sign checks, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Trump has exposed fakes August 18, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Good point. Trump, if nothing else, has been good bait to see who would side w/ liberals to bash Conservative ideas.

In-state, they really damaged Katrina Shealy trying to use Trump as a War-on-Women weapon. She bit, on the heels of her gas-tax support. She MAY hold the Senate seat because she’s still compared to Jakie. But her career is dead for anything else. She has not been able to think on her feet. You cannot be a WOMAN candidate, when we thought we were electing a candidate for ALL of us. (and did you see the photo The State ran of her?) I’m sure she thought they were friends. (:

Anyway: Trump has represented the Conservatives. Rand has been a libertarian, while running as a Republican. We’ve had way too much of liars using our platform to get elected because they could not get 5% being honest about being a Libertarian-Moderate.

Cruz has been great handling the Trump questions. He knows what they are doing, and says so.

JL August 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Katrina has been a disappointment to me. She has fallen in line with the protest when it does not matter and listen to Leatherman when it does.

LexingtonReader August 18, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Funny! That doesn’t even make sense. She has fought for things that matter and she can’t get Mr. Finance to give her a hearing on her tax bill. You are in the know I can tell.

Shealy tilting leftward August 19, 2015 at 5:19 am

Thanks JL. I wanted to see some feedback on Shealy. I too had very high hopes for her, based on hr campaign, and first six months. But she is withering to liberals. It may not play out well for her, unless she gets a grip.

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2015 at 6:07 am

Yep! I see her the same way. Hoping for a viable and acceptable alternative to emerge between now and this time next year.

LexingtonReader August 18, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Funny you think she thinks “The State” likes her? Mmmm sounds like a conversation I overheard! I now understand this back and forth on this Trash Website – you just write back and forth to yourself under different names! Clever Will. As for Shealy and Trump – she never said he had a War on Women “The State” did – She said he had a War on everybody, which he does.

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2015 at 6:09 am

Well, that was still a dumb thing for her to say but I’m not surprised.

LexingtonReader August 19, 2015 at 7:37 am

So Corruption in Columnia is a Trump supporter – Go figure! you do have the same mentality. Do you have the same hair style? Do you hate people and insult them because they are overweight? Maybe you do it because they don’t dress as good as you? This would make you Trump! You hate Shealy because she tells it like it is and she is a woman! I know if she should be quiet and let you tell her what to think and say and then she would be doing the right thing. then you would have that Puppet you all thought she was going to be. She isn’t anyone’s puppet and you don’t like that. Get over it!

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2015 at 8:11 am

“She isn’t anyone’s puppet…”

… other than maybe Greg Hembree or Larry Martin’s…

9" August 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm

as WELL as you

essentialliberty August 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm

It’s funny that anyone thinks Trump is a conservative. I often wonder why Trump supporters don’t think he is a liar? He says whatever he thinks people want to hear in order to win. He wants to be the dictator and I can’t for the life of me figure out why others think that he would do anything good. I’ve always figured he was a democratic plant or just an egomaniac wanting the ultimate power. What for? who knows but it’s certainly something that would only benefit him.

Jim Shier August 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Ludicrous! The campaign is organized and in good shape. As the senior Dr. Paul wrote in his letter, when it comes to these kind of negative reports, “don’t believe it.”

Jim Shier August 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Rand Paul 2016!

Tom August 18, 2015 at 7:51 pm

No way. He is a dead man walking.

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2015 at 6:22 am

Uh, no. I still believe that his old man was the best chance this country had to pull itself out of several ditches it has become stuck in. We pissed that opportunity away. I had previously found Rand more acceptable than most in the running but his flip-flopping on things, going back to 2012, does (as Fits correctly noted) make him look like Romney and others who I found unacceptable. Attacking Trump, the only candidate who seems to be solid in his positions, has killed any enthusiasm I had for Paul Junior’s candidacy.

essentialliberty August 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

I don’t think he has “flip-flopped” as much as others like to paint him. The press is also not his friend. I read his books and looked at his voting record and he consistently stands on the side of liberty. Trump is only solid on belittling people and blows a lot of hot air with no substance behind it. Where is his plan? Words can be lies. Rand Paul has some ideas for changing the tax code, balancing the budget, and protecting individual liberty. Trump just says he’ll win. “I’m going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” Whatever….give me a break. Rand and Cruz are the only republicans I can remember who voted against TPA. Cruz had a great speech about fighting the government cartel that exists on both sides, although he kind of flip-flopped into voting against TPA at the last moment. Rand has consistently done this in my view. Here is his statement about TPA and TPP: “To me it’s common sense: Members of Congress should actually read the bills before voting on them. But in Washington, common sense is often flipped upside down on its head. And the latest example is the 800-page Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – President Barack Obama’s secretive trade deal.
The deal’s text is kept hidden in a secret room within the U.S. Capitol, unavailable to the American public. I’m demanding Barack Obama release the final text of the trade deal IMMEDIATELY before final passage is voted on by Congress.
Currently, only members of Congress – and select staff – are allowed to read the deal’s text. But we’re not allowed to discuss or talk about the contents of the deal outside of the secret room. And even though most of my colleagues in the Senate admitted they haven’t read the text of the bill, many of them recently voted to fast-track it through the Senate. I’ve got concerns about voting on any bill that’s kept in secret and hidden from the American people.” He wants the congressmen to actually read the bills. Novel idea! Trump has been pandering to both sides (with his admitted donations for gain to politicians) and working the angles so how will he suddenly change as president? I’ve read Rand’s books and he pretty closely mirrors his father’s stances on the issues I find important. I’m pretty bummed that I’ve found a candidate that I agree with but he’s so down in the polls. I only wish he had more time to speak and people would see that he is the real deal not Trump.

Libertarian-Triangulate fails August 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Playing both sides sounds a lot easier than it is to do.

Just look at the list of carcasses of the fence-riders that FITSNews has endorsed. Thye not only LOSE, over and over, they lose BIG.

TroubleBaby August 18, 2015 at 6:53 pm

To little, too late Randy. Your Dad had more success because he was honest, to the degree it made him unelectable. But he is a man of character and everyone knew/knows where he stands whether they like his views or not, unlike you.

Speak D Truth August 18, 2015 at 6:55 pm

With all of the switches on the wall behind him, I thought he was about to turn out the lights on his campaign.

Silvio Dante August 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm

That’s a good one. Well done.

easterndumbfuckistan August 18, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Can someone please re-ban the tangy-tard? He’s spaming up the place again. Something more permanent like a flash cookie, IP ban, and some type of AI that can spot his ramblings and auto delete them.

Sic Semper Tyrannis August 18, 2015 at 9:11 pm

As people of the stupid state of SC see it . Another. War is the way, as usuall. Sorryn won’t happen, say hey to Hillary.

Convoluted Ignorance August 19, 2015 at 5:15 am

Are you a foreigner? You write like one; or maybe you’re just a Dumbass?
Take a literacy class. They are free.

Bible Thumper August 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm

I’m no fan of Rand, but Will Folks’ relationships with politicians seems very similar to his relationships with women — love them, then hate them. That’s why his history with Haley is so toxic. She is both. It is because of this toxic record that he has steady built over the years with both women and politicians, no one believes him about Haley.

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2015 at 6:14 am

Unfortunately, life can be like that. You meet people who talk a good game and then you find out that they were nothing like they purported themselves to be. If their charade was bad enough, you cut ties and warn others.

nitrat August 19, 2015 at 8:34 am

Splitting (also called black and white thinking or all-or-nothing thinking) is the failure in a person’s thinking to bring together both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. It is a common defense mechanism used by many people.[1] The individual tends to think in extremes (i.e., an individual’s actions and motivations are all good or all bad with no middle ground).

The concept of splitting was developed by Ronald Fairbairn in his formulation of object relations theory;[2] it begins as the inability of the infant to combine the fulfilling aspects of the parents (the good object) and their unresponsive aspects (the unsatisfying object) into the same individuals, but sees the good and bad as separate. In psychoanalytic theory this functions as a defence mechanism.[3] It is a relatively common defence mechanism for people with borderline personality disorder in DSM-IV-TR.


Splitting creates instability in relationships because one person can be viewed as either personified virtue or personified vice at different times, depending on whether they gratify the subject’s needs or frustrate them. This, along with similar oscillations in the experience and appraisal of the self, leads to chaotic and unstable relationship patterns, identity diffusion, and mood swings. The therapeutic process can be greatly impeded by these oscillations, because the therapist too can come to be seen as all good or all bad. To attempt to overcome the negative effects on treatment outcome, constant interpretations by the therapist are needed.[4]

Splitting contributes to unstable relationships and intense emotional experiences. Splitting is not uncommon during adolescence, but is regarded as transient. Splitting has been noted especially with persons diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.[5][6] Treatment strategies have been developed for individuals and groups based on dialectical behavior therapy, and for couples.[7] There are also self-help books on related topics such as mindfulness and emotional regulation that have been helpful for individuals who struggle with the consequences of splitting.[8]
This is only the beginning of the article…
Severe black/white/absolutely no grays thinking seems common in many conservatives.

flip August 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

Kinda like your relationship with SYNTwist? You two needed a damn room when you started that babbling RINO bullshit on Fits. :)
I believe Will about Haley-not that my opinion matters.When asked,I do share that opinion with all of my ‘sources’ and have them ‘google’ to become more informed on her apparent ‘character’ problem.Turning on the people that elected her 2x with all of her personal/professional failings and essentially calling them ignorant bigots and racists to move her political aspirations forward was disgraceful.

She doesn’t belong on a national ticket. That would be a disaster.

Why Are You Here? August 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

Is it really that hard to be civil with people? Could you just admit that you are here to troll everyone else? It would be the smallest amount of honesty to ever leak from your keyboard since you began commenting here.

Every Time August 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

Will seems very trusting of people who end up betraying him or going crazy on him, and then he turns against them. Haley, Sanford, Ravenel. Only a matter of time before Trump’s name is on that list.

Corey Hamilton August 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm

We have the right policies. You idiots who oppose us are just plain eggnamaroose. RAND 2016


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