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.