Rand Paul’s Recent Remarks Raise New Concerns
By Michael Collins Piper
In early November, just after AMERICAN FREE PRESS went to press, AFP discovered some unsettling new details that raise more questions as to where Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) really stands on the issues.
AFP has expressed hope that Paul would be a Senate version of his father, respected Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)—despite the younger Paul’s earlier campaign rhetoric rattling the saber at Iran, reflecting the warmongering attitudes of the “neo-conservatives” who are trying to force an American attack on Iran. But recent comments by Rand Paul in an interview with The Wall Street Journal suggest Paul is repudiating other views of many in the “tea party” movement nationwide that rallied behind Paul and his father.
On Nov. 6 The Wall Street Journal—published by media titan Rupert Murdoch (whose rise to power came through the combined forces of the Rothschild-Bronfman-Oppenheimer network)—featured an interview with Rand Paul conducted by Matthew Kaminski. Although Paul promised that he didn’t plan on being “bashful,” he emphasized that he is “not that crazy” when asked if he were “a crazy libertarian.” Kaminski added:
He has made other concessions to the mainstream. He now avoids his dad’s talk of shutting the Federal Reserve and abolishing the income tax. In a bigger shift from his campaign pledge to end earmarks, he tells me that they are a bad “symbol” of easy spending but that he will fight for Kentucky’s share of earmarks and federal pork, as long as it’s doled out transparently at the committee level and not parachuted in the dead of night. “I will advocate for Kentucky’s interests,” he said.
That Paul was seemingly changing his tune when talking with the insider-controlled “voice of Wall Street” is a matter of concern, but, obviously, as the saying goes: “By their fruits, ye shall know them.” Time will tell.
The “fruits” will be Paul’s actions—and votes—as a member of the Senate which will demonstrate where he really stands on the issues. All concerned Americans need to keep the heat on Paul and all other Congressmen to restore constitutional principles and bring the real change for which grassroots Americans have loudly clamored.
A journalist specializing in media critique, Michael Collins Piper is the author of The High Priests of War, The New Jerusalem, Dirty Secrets, The Judas Goats, The Golem, Target Traficant and My First Days in the White House All are available from AFP.
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(Issue # 48, November 29, 2010)