Editor’s note: The following is a column from the editorial staff.
In April 2015 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, I witnessed Rand Paul make his announcement that he would run for president. Almost a year later, I reaffirm that he is America’s best choice for president of the United States in 2016.
We live at a time when Americans are worn out by politicians who never follow through on the promises they made during their campaigns.
During his election campaign in 2008, President Obama stated his intentions of reigning in the powers of the executive branch and of working through Congress. In contrast to his intentions, President Obama has continuously overstepped his executive authority, according to the Washington Examiner.
Jordan Page expressed the hopelessness many Americans have about the future in his song “The Message of Freedom”:
“I stand at the edge of the pages of history and lessons unlearned. It feels like these pages are remaining unturned. But boys, it’s no mystery. Children, I’m sorry to leave you this world in a state of disaster. It was given to me in a similar state, and I woke up so late in the game. Now it’s spiraling faster.”
Regardless of who has been in control of the presidency and Congress, our national debt has rapidly increased. It has spiraled upwards to almost $19 trillion. In addition, our civil and economic liberties have been trampled and we continually find ourselves in a state of war.
There is a quote that says insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Let’s not be insane. Hope is not all lost. It is up to us, the people, to keep freedom alive.
“The message of freedom endured every tyrant and second-rate despot the world’s ever known and for one simple reason. The people have kept it alive. And with no end in sight to the level of violence that men in high places will sink for to silence. The will of the people, in you it must survive,” Jordan Page sang in his song.
It is past the time for us to elect a different kind of president, one who will shrink the size of the Federal Government and bring America back to its founding principles. In a nation where campaign promises seem to mean nothing to aspiring politicians, we must choose a president based upon what they have done in the past, rather than what we hope they might do in the future. In this respect, Rand Paul, senator from Kentucky, stands out from the rest. Paul scored a 93 percent, making him the highest rated senator in the U.S. with Mike Lee, of Utah, placing a close second at 91 percent, according to the Freedom Index, A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution.
While many republicans will pick and choose which parts of the Bill of Rights they will stand for, such as the right to bear arms, they neglect to fight for others. Rand Paul, on the other hand, prides himself on being an adamant protector of the entire Bill of Rights.
In 2012, Paul fought against the reauthorization of the NDAA, which allowed the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens on American soil without a trial. Paul called the bill an abomination, according to The Huffington Post.
In March 2013, Paul filibustered for almost 13 hours as he pressed his case that the Obama administration does not have the right to conduct drone strikes against American citizens who are suspected terrorists on U.S. soil, according to NBC News.
In May 2015, Paul stood and spoke on the senate floor for over 10 hours against the government’s unconstitutional surveillance programs. With the help of others, he forced the expiration of three provisions of the Patriot Act, including the NSA’s bulk data collection program, according to CNN.
These examples show that Rand Paul is a man of principle and that he will obey his oath of office to defend the Constitution. This is the type of leader we need in the White House. Paul is committed to reining in the powers of the federal government and the Federal Reserve, decreasing spending and taxes, freeing up the economy and ceasing to spend unlimited amounts of money on the military.
I support Paul’s stance that the U.S. would be safer if it stopped being the policeman of the world. In addition to the consequences that come from intervening in other countries, Paul said our nation’s debt is a huge national security concern.
“Can you be for unlimited military spending, and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to make the country safe?’” Paul said, according to Real Clear Politics. “No, we need a safe country, but, you know, we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined? I want a strong national defense, but I don’t want us to be bankrupt.”
Page conveyed the need to leave a better America for our descendants in the closing of his song, “The Message of Freedom.”
“Freedom’s the answer; what is the question? Resist the advances of force and aggression, and leave to your children the promise of something more. And, as God is my witness, I’ll be a slave no more.”
Let’s take our country back. Vote Rand Paul for president.