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Why Rand Paul is Right to Oppose the Defense Bill

By Jack Hunter, The American Conservative

“Rand Paul is at it again,” blared Politico on Thursday. “And his moves could force another brief government shutdown.”

While Politico and other media outlets seemed to frame the Republican senator’s opposition to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act as his typical libertarian rabble-rousing, most were missing his entire point as it relates to America’s actual national defense: Washington warmongers will advance the theory of an all-powerful executive branch when that theory helps promote war, and they will become strict constitutionalists who seek executive restraint whenever it does not.

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