Primaries reject establishment politics

Talk about “what’s in a name,” as in the post below.  Consider naming your boy “Rand.”  That is what small-government congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul did.  It seems exceedingly odd for a Christian to name his kid after the militantly atheistic virtue-of-selfishness philosopher Ayn Rand.  (And are there girls named “Ayn”?)

Anyway, Rand Paul has won the Republican senate primary in Kentucky.  He is the Tea Party candidate, defeating  the Republican establishment’s choice, Trey Grayson.

Also, long-time Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, who changed from being a Republican to being a Democrat so as to give his new party a filibuster-busting super-majority, got beat.  This, despite the personal endorsement of President Obama and the Democratic national machine, seeking to reward him for his treachery.  He was beaten in the primary by Congressman Joe Sestak, who will be up against Republican Pat Toomey in what is expected to be a close race.

In Arkansas, Democratic incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln was forced into a run-off with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.  The Democrats did hold on to the late John Murtha’s congressional seat from Pennsylvania in a mid-term election.

But virtually all of the winners, Republicans and Democrats (who in primary elections, of course, are not running against each other, but against other members of their own party) were running anti-Washington, anti-political establishment  campaigns.

Sen. Arlen Specter loses Pennsylvania primary; Rand Paul wins in Kentucky.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Winston Smith

    I’m never sure how to pronounce “Ayn.”

  • Winston Smith

    I’m never sure how to pronounce “Ayn.”

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    the ‘slow slide’ to fascist-socialism-communism- perpetrated by both ‘parties’- has turned into a avalanche w/ the ‘regime’ lead by bho – now in ‘power’—
    that is why i vowed to never vote for an r-RINO- again….
    Overt over Covert—we in the US have finally awakened—
    it is my prayer that it is not too late…..
    C-CS

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    the ‘slow slide’ to fascist-socialism-communism- perpetrated by both ‘parties’- has turned into a avalanche w/ the ‘regime’ lead by bho – now in ‘power’—
    that is why i vowed to never vote for an r-RINO- again….
    Overt over Covert—we in the US have finally awakened—
    it is my prayer that it is not too late…..
    C-CS

  • WebMonk

    Does anyone know if Ron Paul purposefully named his son, Rand, after Ayn Rand? Rand Paul is close enough to Ron Paul that I could see the name being chosen independently of Ayn Rand connotations. Also considering that his brothers are named Ronnie and Robert, there seems to be a general R-theme going on in the family male names.

    Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged in ’57, and Rand Paul was born in ’63, so it’s certainly possible that he was named after the writer, but it’s not a slam dunk. And it could be a loosely intended connection too – Ron Paul knew the name from Ayn Rand, and liked it enough to use it, but didn’t intend to specifically name his son after the author.

    My son’s name is Jeremiah, but I didn’t specifically name him after the prophet.

  • WebMonk

    Does anyone know if Ron Paul purposefully named his son, Rand, after Ayn Rand? Rand Paul is close enough to Ron Paul that I could see the name being chosen independently of Ayn Rand connotations. Also considering that his brothers are named Ronnie and Robert, there seems to be a general R-theme going on in the family male names.

    Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged in ’57, and Rand Paul was born in ’63, so it’s certainly possible that he was named after the writer, but it’s not a slam dunk. And it could be a loosely intended connection too – Ron Paul knew the name from Ayn Rand, and liked it enough to use it, but didn’t intend to specifically name his son after the author.

    My son’s name is Jeremiah, but I didn’t specifically name him after the prophet.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    As Ron Paul is a Libertarian in Republican clothing, I would not be surprised to find out he named Rand after the author.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    As Ron Paul is a Libertarian in Republican clothing, I would not be surprised to find out he named Rand after the author.

  • http://www.IndyOPC.org Larry Wilson

    His actual name is Randal Howard Paul.

  • http://www.IndyOPC.org Larry Wilson

    His actual name is Randal Howard Paul.

  • Purple Kooaid

    He is not named after Ayn Rand. Please correct. Here is a video of him explaining his name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD-R_OeP6tU

    Ayn Rand was an atheist and awful in many ways (adulterer etc), but her philosophy of govt is very good and in your two kingdom theology, perfectly acceptable.

  • Purple Kooaid

    He is not named after Ayn Rand. Please correct. Here is a video of him explaining his name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD-R_OeP6tU

    Ayn Rand was an atheist and awful in many ways (adulterer etc), but her philosophy of govt is very good and in your two kingdom theology, perfectly acceptable.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    And Ayn Rand’s actual name is Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum. So hey.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    And Ayn Rand’s actual name is Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum. So hey.

  • Louis

    Not directly related: Clegg asks public to tell him which laws must be scrapped:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/nick-clegg/7738343/Nick-Clegg-tell-us-the-laws-that-you-want-scrapped.html

    If only…..

  • Louis

    Not directly related: Clegg asks public to tell him which laws must be scrapped:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/nick-clegg/7738343/Nick-Clegg-tell-us-the-laws-that-you-want-scrapped.html

    If only…..

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I think it was pronounced like the German word for one, “Ein,” and as others note, it’s a coincidence, most likely, that the Senate hopeful shares a name with Ms. Rand.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I think it was pronounced like the German word for one, “Ein,” and as others note, it’s a coincidence, most likely, that the Senate hopeful shares a name with Ms. Rand.

  • Winston Smith

    At least he wasn’t named for the Rand Corporation.

  • Winston Smith

    At least he wasn’t named for the Rand Corporation.

  • E-Raj

    I see that the question of Dr. Paul’s son’s name has been answered, but I am wondering something else. Isn’t it possible to admire part of a person’s philosophy (i.e. particular ideas, suggestions, etc.) without being lumped into the group of people that accept the entire philosophy “wholesale?” For example, I completely agree with Ms. Rand’s philosophy when it is applied to the political sphere, particularly her ideas of individual rights vs. collectivism and a completely laissez-faire economy, but as a Christian, I disagree with her “pure reason” view of proving (or in her case attempting to disprove) God’s existence, as well as her view of other moral issues like abortion and sex. Can’t someone be named for another famous person based on that person’s positive contributions, separate from their negatives?

  • E-Raj

    I see that the question of Dr. Paul’s son’s name has been answered, but I am wondering something else. Isn’t it possible to admire part of a person’s philosophy (i.e. particular ideas, suggestions, etc.) without being lumped into the group of people that accept the entire philosophy “wholesale?” For example, I completely agree with Ms. Rand’s philosophy when it is applied to the political sphere, particularly her ideas of individual rights vs. collectivism and a completely laissez-faire economy, but as a Christian, I disagree with her “pure reason” view of proving (or in her case attempting to disprove) God’s existence, as well as her view of other moral issues like abortion and sex. Can’t someone be named for another famous person based on that person’s positive contributions, separate from their negatives?

  • http://spaceagelutheran.blogspot.com/ SAL

    What’s your beef with the RAND corporation?

  • http://spaceagelutheran.blogspot.com/ SAL

    What’s your beef with the RAND corporation?

  • Joe

    E-Raj I agree with you that you can admire a part of a person’s philosophy. But as for naming a child after that person, I think it is a bad idea because you (and the child) will have to continually explain that what parts you do or do not like about the namesakes philosophy.

  • Joe

    E-Raj I agree with you that you can admire a part of a person’s philosophy. But as for naming a child after that person, I think it is a bad idea because you (and the child) will have to continually explain that what parts you do or do not like about the namesakes philosophy.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Phil Spomer

    Joe, “…because you (and the child) will have to continually explain that what parts you do or do not like about the namesakes philosophy.”

    Funny, I named my daughter Nicaea for that very reason.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Phil Spomer

    Joe, “…because you (and the child) will have to continually explain that what parts you do or do not like about the namesakes philosophy.”

    Funny, I named my daughter Nicaea for that very reason.


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