Rand is right.

It’s almost hard to believe senators from the alleged conservative party would talk about one of their more devoutly conservative colleagues like this:

Rand Paul took a stand, consequences be damned. And Senate Republicans are livid about it.

After driving the government into a brief shutdown over his demand for an amendment to cut government spending, the Kentucky Republican took friendly fire from a significant number of his Republican colleagues for delaying an inevitable passage vote in the Senate. They accused the senator of misusing the Senate’s time for no real reason other than to draw attention himself. […]

*WHAT ?????  Someone in the Senate trying to draw attention to himself ????  THIS has GOT to be A FIRST. *

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“It’s a colossal waste of time,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). “He never gets a result.”

Hitler got results.  The guy that shot up the concert in Vegas got results.  The 9-11 hijackers got results.  “Results” are not always good things.  Comments like this are a lot like what they used to say about the late, great Jesse Helms.  He accomplished a lot for conservatism and America by tying that place up in knots.  MORE:

“He’s tilting at windmills. Don Quixote, you know,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). […]

Says the guy who, up until 1995, was a AFL-CIO endorsed DEMOCRAT.

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[…] The Paul-driven shutdown, however short it may be, was sparked by the libertarian-leaning senator’s insistence that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) grant him a vote to amend a budget deal that includes more than $300 billion in new spending over two years. McConnell refused, reasoning that would open up the bill to too many amendments. In turn, Paul declined to allow a vote before midnight, when government funding expired.

Asked if he’s worried about singlehandedly inheriting the blame for a shutdown, Paul replied: “No. I think it’s an important enough thing that we should have a discussion over.”

“Somebody’s got to stand up and fight,” Paul said in an interview. […] 

THAT is what the two yo-yos allegedly representing us in that chamber promised to do when they campaigned for election and reelection.  How did they react to Paul’s efforts?  Here’s one of those yo-yos NOW:

[…] As the shutdown neared, Paul’s colleagues ganged up on him as they grew increasingly frustrated with a member of their own party. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) blamed Paul directly for “wasting everybody’s time.”

“It’s just grossly irresponsible,” Cornyn told reporters, explaining why Republicans would not grant him his amendment. “Why reward bad behavior?”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Paul is waging his fight “probably to help Rand Paul.”

And Cornyn, McConnell, Graham and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) tried repeatedly to set up a vote before the shutdown deadline. Each time, Paul objected, much to Tillis’ frustration.

“Do you want to be a senator that wants to make a point or you want to make a difference? You know what? I don’t see how points alone can make a change in America,” Tillis fumed on the Senate floor. “You can make a point all you want. But points are forgotten. There’s not a whole of history books about the great points of the American Senate.” […]

What was in this bill that Thilli$$$ & co. were so anxious to vote on? Let’s see:

Congress passed a $400 billion budget deal early Friday morning that busted through previous spending caps and suspended the debt limit for a year. [….]

*Niiiiiiiiiiiiice.*

Before we go, let’s savor something surprisingly thoughtful from liberal pundit Chris Cilliza:

When Rand Paul took control of the Senate floor just before 6 p.m. Eastern, virtually every one of his Republican colleagues grimaced. Five years ago, they would have cheered him.

Paul’s speech, which slowed attempts to pass a massive budget deal before the government shuts down at midnight, was a savaging of his party — a party that appears to have turned 180 degrees from the deficit hawks of the mid 2010s who insisted that government spending was ballooning out of control and was crippling the country.

“When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party,” Paul said at one point. “But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty.”
Wow.  He could be talking about Raleigh, as well.
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He is 100% right.
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Which is how it came to pass that just before 6 p.m. Thursday, McConnell was on the Senate floor pleading with his home-state colleague to drop his push for a vote on an amendment that would maintain the current budget caps. Paul’s issue was a simple one: A two-year spending bill that would increase the federal deficit by more than $300 billion was being rammed through at the last minute — and without any amendments being offered.
And he’s right about that too.
The natural result of our current style of governing — lurching from crisis to crisis — is this sort of showdown. Paul is right that it is absolutely ridiculous that a near-700-page piece of legislation that senators got their hands on around midnight Wednesday should be passed by midnight Thursday.
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“The reason I’m here tonight is to put people on the spot,” Paul said. “I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who said, ‘How come you were against President Obama’s deficits, and then how come you’re for Republican deficits?’ “
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13 comments for “Rand is right.

  1. John Blust
    February 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    “Do you want to make a point, or do you want to make a difference,” said Sen. Tillis to Sen. Paul. Is exploding the national debt by greatly increasing spending the “difference” anyone really wants to make? Why not make a difference by getting spending under control?

    • February 10, 2018 at 7:28 am

      To answer Senator Tillis’ question I want both. Conservative principles give us that opportunity.

      • Toxhandler
        February 10, 2018 at 8:28 am

        You can’t have both or necessarily even either, when NC law permits a well-heeled insider like Thom Tillis to game the system and win his Party’s nomination with well under 50 % of the vote. Remember that well over that percentage wanted someone else to be our nominee back in 2014. Majority rule denied.

  2. Raphael
    February 9, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Ted Budd and Mark Meadows voted against this big spending monstrosity. Walter Jones was absent, or he would have certainly voted against it, too. Looking at the list in the House, quite a few conservatives voted against this big spending debacle. I could not find the roll call in the Senate.

    The only bright side is that passing this spending bill has killed Democrat leverage for DACA amnesty. If Republicans cave on that now, then they are the biggest bunch of wussies around.

  3. Kim
    February 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I’m reading this article and one sentence really smacks you in the face with the truth is: “When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party,” Paul said at one point. “But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty.”

    When we, as citizens, are given the opportunity to cast our vote, we need to think long and hard. The vote that we cast will dictate what happens in Washington, our state and our local government. We had an opportunity to elect a Senator who has more than just a sense of decency and intellectual honesty: Greg Brannon is the picture of what decency and honesty look like. We need men like him and Senator Paul representing us.

    I have been involved with the Republican Party for 30 years. When asked, I no longer say I’m Republican, I say I’m Conservative because I’m so ashamed of the GOP. Greg Brannon is the only person that I will put time time and effort into campaigning for. I know he is the real deal and when I cast my vote for him, I know that he will represent my Conservative values.

    Until then…

    You guys voted these idiots like Tillis in, so now we pay.

    • patrick
      February 10, 2018 at 12:51 am

      so what has Greg Brannon done lately I have not been keeping up?

      And you seem to be overlooking Dan Forrest for Governor when you said you would only help Brannon

      and I agree #ConservativeBeforeRepublican

      • Kim
        February 10, 2018 at 9:11 am

        Oh my! What has Greg Brannon been doing? What has Greg Brannon NOT been doing? He does more in a day than most of us will do in a lifetime.
        He and his wife are raising 7 children, homeschooling the 3 youngest and running two medical/ surgical practices. He leads a weekly Bible study. He has a weekly radio show( Brannonbroadcast.com) on 106.7 in Wilmington as well as livestream on Facebook. He gives speeches on Liberty and constitutional answers to today’s unconstitutional policy across the country. He is fighting abortion, writing articles ,has over 100000 followers on Facebook and comments almost daily. He is holding the elected officials to the constitutional oath publicly.
        He was never in the race for glory or power or fame. He was and is a a true Constitutional Conservative who has sacrificed more than we will ever know, for the fight for our Constitutional rights. It’s that very reason that Senators Lee and Paul endorsed Greg in the Senate race. He does not or will not sacrifice principles for party – ever! It’s Liberty or serfdom!

        I know I can’t even wrap my brain around all that this man does to fight for my liberty and my freedom. So, when you ask, “what has Greg been doing?”, you should see for yourself. Join him on his live Facebook stream at 10:00 this morning. He will most definitely shine the light on freedom and victory for you and me.

        You asked about Dan Forest, and I’m sure he is a good Conservative but I know Greg personally and I can attest to his character and what he stands for and what he has lost in this fight for our Constitution. He is the only candidate that I can truly and honestly say is not a politician but a warrior who wants what our Founding Fathers were willing to die for. Greg has that same devotion and conviction to fighting to keep our God given rights. I have seen what Greg does daily in his fight for abortion. He doesn’t just throw his money or go march once a year. He daily works with and is the medical director for a pro-life pregnancy center. He offers his services to those women who choose life. I have seen his wife take diapers and formula to single moms who just had a baby and had nothing. Fighting for he believes in is not just a political statement. Greg and his wife live their fight every second of everyday. You just don’t find many people with their devotion and conviction.

        I could go on and on about Greg Brannon and what he is doing. I know it’s more than what I’m doing and for that, I feel guilty. We need more Brannon’s in the world.

  4. patrick
    February 10, 2018 at 12:48 am

    “Rand is Right” the thing about this speech is it was not only fiscally conservative but he also was socially conservative using christian persecution across the globe to defund these countries that stand against American values instead of his normal no military strength overseas dialog that has always lots me in the past. And his pointing out such military waste buying people over seas things Americans can barely afford anymore

  5. February 10, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I agree with Kim. We are being led down a road with people in this party that want the SOSO, so they can pat each other on the back. It’s really the Washington Party, they only want to get re-elected to keep on with their nefarious affairs. I may sit the next voting out.?

  6. GUWonder
    February 10, 2018 at 10:26 am

    North Carolina Republicans had four consistent big spending liberals on this budget buster – McHenry, Pittenger, Tillis, and Burr. They supported this monster on every vote.

    What are we going to do about them? Pittenger has a primary. Does McHenry? He needs one.

    Of the 67 Republicans who voted NO on the key vote, North Carolina was well represented, including some who don’t normally display a backbone. Walter Jones may have been absent on that vote, but on another roll call on this budget, when only 8 Republicans stuck to their guns, Walter Jones was there and he was one of them. along with people like SC conservative Mark Sanford and House Liberty Caucus leader Justin Amasn (the Liberty Caucus is a libertarian oriented version of the more well known Freedom Caucus)

  7. Jsnyd
    February 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    On his Facebook page, Pittenger is now accusing the conservatives who did the right thing and voted against this terrible budget of standing with Nancy Pelosi.

    • patrick
      February 10, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      I hope Mark Harris will use that in a attack ad against him then

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