Rand Paul, Republican Senate candidate from Kentucky, has become one of the “poster children”, of sorts, for the Tea Party movement.  It’s not surprising, of course, that the media paints the Tea Party as a bunch of fringe kooks—we’ve come to expect such tripe from the lapdog media over the years.  Disclaimer: are there kooks in the Tea Party?  Certainly.  Just like there are kooks in practically every walk of life.  An aside: I didn’t disagree with the NAACP’s call for the Tea Party to renounce racism among its movement; I agree with it.  I would call on the NAACP, likewise, to do the very same thing.

And yeah, there are a few “birthers” among the Tea Party folks; I have little use or patience for that particular pointless speculation either.  But the truth of the matter is that the Tea Party movement is where I am when it comes to American politics—and it’s where a great American like Rand Paul is as well.  Today, I was perusing USA Today when I came upon this piece by Paul, and I’ll tell ya: it’s difficult for me to understand how anybody could find much disagreement with what he writes.  Read it for yourself!

Rand Paul, Libertarian?  Not Quite…

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