Rand Paul quits–what happened to libertarianism?

Rand Paul is dropping out of the presidential race.  I’m disappointed.  To me, he represented a true anti-establishment voice, one based in his libertarian ideas and not just in being obnoxious.  Not that I fully buy into libertarianism, though I appreciate its concern for civil liberties.  But let me ask this:  What happened to libertarianism?  Supposedly the millennials, the internet subculture, the new entrepreneurs, and the zeitgeist in general are libertarian, wanting personal liberty, a free economy, and minimal government.  So why hasn’t libertarianism gotten more political traction?

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GOP debate tonight–without Rand Paul

The Republican presidential candidates will hold their final debate before the primary voting begins.  As is our custom, we’ll liveblog the proceedings.  Please join me here and chime in with your own comments.

Rand Paul will not be there.  He did not make the cut for the main event and has refused to appear on the undercard.  The Fox business network, which is hosting the debate, set the criteria based on the polls of the preceding Monday.  The results of a Wednesday poll would let him qualify, but the network is standing by its deadline.

Carly Fiorina will also go back to the undercard. On the main stage will be Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and John Kasich.

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Patriot Act expires

In a victory for Sen. Rand Paul, Congress was unable to renew the Patriot Act, which expired Sunday at midnight.  Congress is now trying to pass an alternative measure which will keep some of the anti-terrorism capabilities of the old law without the mass collection of Americans’ phone records and other civil liberty controversies. [Read more…]

Rand Paul’s filibuster

Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul has been staging an old-fashioned filibuster, staging a marathon speech and holding the Senate floor in opposition to the renewal of the Patriot Act, which authorizes certain government surveillance of citizens.

The Senate has pretty much replaced the old “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” actual  filibuster with the mere threat of a filibuster, so that bills typically require a 60 vote super-majority that would be enough to shut off debate should a filibuster actually occur.  Sen. Paul, though, has too few allies on this subject, so he is going the “Mr. Smith” route.  He has only a few allies helping him hold the floor, and there is enough support for the Patriot Act to shut off debate, which will probably happen at 1:00 p.m. today.

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Rand Paul throws his hat into the ring

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) announced that he is running for president.  The pro-life Libertarian offers something different from the typical alternatives.  Like conservatives, he would have a smaller government and support free market economics.  Like liberals, he would have a non-interventionist foreign policy, be skeptical of big corporations, and promote civil liberties.  Do you think this could be a winning combination?  [Read more…]

Rand Paul’s foreign policy

The one “dove” among the current presidential contenders has been the libertarian, tea-party favorite Republican Senator Rand Paul.  A few weeks ago, he published  an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that criticized both the Democrats and his fellow Republicans for their “interventionist” foreign policies.  He said that those who wanted to intervene  against the Assad regime in Syria would have been helping ISIS, which was originally one of the rebel factions that they wanted to help.  He says that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the “hawkish members of my own party” lack both foresight and hindsight.  And yet, Senator Paul is now saying that America must respond to the atrocities of ISIS by using force against them.  After the jump, read from both his op-ed piece on Syria and his latest pronouncements against ISIS.

You Randians, libertarians, and non-interventionists, does this change your view of him?  Or do you agree?

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