Rand Paul Thinks Tent Revivals are Good Public Policy

And so we have another Republican politician who thinks, or at least says, that religious fervor is a substitute for good public policy and can solve all of our problems. This time it’s Rand Paul, the kinda sorta libertarian trying frantically to appeal to the Christian right base.

In the video, uploaded by Right Wing Watch, Paul dismissed the idea of the federal government’s involvement in the same-sex marriage debate, saying, “Don’t look to Washington to solve anything.”

“The moral crisis we have in our country — there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage — there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think there would be some other sort of marriage, ” he explained. “I think the exhortation to try and change people’s thoughts has to come from the countryside.”

The libertarian lawmaker then took a slightly religious turn, saying “You know, I’ve said this before, we need a revival in the country.”

“We need another great awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying, you know,’reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform’.”

In other words, we don’t actually have to do anything to solve all of our problems, we just have to set up tents and act really goofy and they’ll all magically solve themselves.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    He’s right, you know. At least for problems like his: getting elected.

  • grumpyoldfart

    One day one of these clowns will be US President.

    (It’s a funny old world.)

  • raven

    he explained. “I think the exhortation to try and change people’s thoughts has to come from the countryside.

    Cthulhu, this is stupid.

    1. What countryside. The USA is one of the most heavily urbanized countries on the planet with 84% metro.

    2. A lot of rural areas are full of crime, poverty, low education, falling lifespans, social problems, and sick and old people. (Not all by any means but many.)

    A map of counties where people are moving from show mostly rural counties. This migration to urban areas is continuing. It’s even in the midwest and has a name, rural flight.

    3. Not everyone who lives in rural areas is a brain dead moron and a fundie xian with a hate as big as Jerry Falwell or Tony Perkins. They are a variety of people including groups that vote…Democrat.

    This is what Sarah Palin says often. It’s a myth. Rand Paul lives in Washington, DC.

  • matty1

    Of course there has to be a tent, where else are the circus clowns going to perform?

  • raven

    “We need another great awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying, you know,’reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform’.”

    1. Really this is just stupid. Tent revivals with thousands of rural morons in a country of 319 million people isn’t even a rounding error.

    2. If we ever did have a revival in this country, Rand Paul and his band of primitive superstitionists would be toast. He/they are the problem, not the solution. His real constituency, the oligarchies would have fled the USA and bought some other country to live in.

    3. Rand Paul is just babbling here. He’s throwing some dog whistle meat to the fundies.

    He’s done this before. I haven’t seen that he is very bright. But he knows that has to get fundie votes to win GOP primaries. He also knows if he is too obviously Oogedy Boogedy, he won’t win any national election.

  • busterggi

    Libertarians, don’t cha love their desire for total liberty for themselves, not so much for others.

  • dugglebogey

    Is Paul a theocrat pretending to be a Libertarian, or a Libertarian trying to pander to the theocrat crowd?

  • theguy

    “there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think there would be some other sort of marriage”

    Funny, that sounds to me like a moral awakening, not a crisis. Y’know, like the one Paul 2.0 says we need, except its an awakening towards understanding other people’s rights and freedoms.

  • samgardner

    “Don’t look to Washington to solve anything.”-rand Paul

    Oh, now there’s just what you want to hear a candidate to say–essentially, “don’t expect me to help solve anything”. I guess he scored points for honesty.

  • raven

    Is Paul a theocrat pretending to be a Libertarian, or a Libertarian trying to pander to the theocrat crowd?

    Neither.

    Rand Paul is a tool of the oligarchies like all the GOP. Follow the money.

    The fundies are useful idiots. The Loonytarianism is a pretext to make the ultra-rich richer while the vast majority get poorer.

    Krugman called this long ago. The enduring power of ideas that always fail.

    Of course, reality has a liberal bias and the economy is growing despite every obstacle Republicans have thrown in its path. Red states that pursued austerity for the peasants while cutting taxes for the rich are collapsing and blue states that did the opposite are booming. There MUST be a tipping point where even the most hardcore right winger will notice that California isn’t falling into the ocean from all those high taxes on the rich while conservative tax cutting utopias like Kansas, Texas and Louisiana are seeing their economies meltdown. (My note. Don’t forget Wisconsin.)

    Until then, Republicans will keep running their con on Americans and hope no one notices that they keep being wrong on everything.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/03/27/paul-krugman-republicans-are-running-a-con-game-on-America

  • Saad

    “We need another great awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying, you know,’reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform’.”

    What is that supposed to mean?

  • Saad

    Dang it, messed that quote up.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    This appears to be an extremely lame attempt to duck the question. Rand Paul takes political cowardice to new heights.

    Q: “Are you for or against legalizing same-sex marriage?”

    A: “I’m against the federal government doing anything and in favor of empty religious platitudes!”

  • Larry

    The fundies are useful idiots. The Loonytarianism is a pretext to make the ultra-rich richer while the vast majority get poorer.

    That is so absolutely true. The rubes who eat this religious shit up with a spoon are so blinded by having jebus pitched at them so they can feel good about their hatreds, they are totally ignorant to the fact that they are cutting their own throats, economically speaking, by their support. The end game on the pols part is not to remake America as jesus-land but to transition all the wealth of the nation into the hands of an elite few. If, however, preaching theocracy from the senate floor can garner a few more votes, so be it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    “Pack up the babies

    and grab the old ladies

    for Brother Rand’s Travellin’ Homophobe Show.”

  • smrnda

    “Don’t look to Washington to solve anything”

    Well, according to the ideology of the Pauls, government is * by definition* the problem, actual outcomes for people living in a country be damned. A welfare state with widespread prosperity for all citizens is a problem because *government* but a minimalist government with widespread social dysfunction is not a problem, because the only problem (government) is not an issue.

    Or, for the Pauls, the *federal* government is the problem.

  • peterh

    Clowns Without Makeup – the current crop of Republican political hopefuls and a no-so-very-good band I heard once.