Revolution is the only solution.
“They thought all along that they could call me a libertarian and hang that label around my neck like an albatross,” Rand Paul told TIME Magazine back in 2010, “but I’m not a libertarian.”
Three years later, as reported by the Washington Post, Rand Paul reiterated this position: “I’m not advocating everyone go out and run around with no clothes on and smoke pot,” he said. “I’m not a libertarian. I’m a libertarian Republican. I’m a constitutional conservative.”
Fast-forward to today, and observe the Orwellian nature of US news networks at work:
“Rand Paul just sacrificed his presidential campaign for his libertarian principles”
via The Week, 6/1/2015
“Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?”
via the New York Times, 8/7/2014
“Rand Paul stakes out libertarian claim in Iowa visit”
via CNN, 2/8/2015
“Is Rand Paul the GOP’s Great Libertarian Hope against Clinton? Yes and no.”
via the Washington Post, 2/18/2015
“Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think”
via Reuters, 6/15/2015
Rand Paul, by his own admission, is not a libertarian, and yet here we have some of the most prominent news organizations in the country associating him with that particular philosophy. Understandably, this has caused actual libertarians a great deal of frustration.
In late 2014, Rand Paul flip-flopped and decided that he was, in fact, very supportive of US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. This move pleased the hawks in the Republican Party, but deeply aggravated libertarians who were expecting Rand to follow in the footsteps of his father’s sound foreign policy positions.