I have written before about my dislike of the fact that we have spent the last 26 years in a vortex of Bushes and Clintons being a part of Presidential tickets. Actually, now that I think about it, it goes back 34 years, because the first Bush was VP under Reagan. Think about it, seven of the last nine Presidential elections have included either a Bush or a Clinton or both on the ballot. And, now, with 2016 fast approaching, it looks like Hillary is inevitable and Jeb Bush may just throw his hat in the ring as well. I’m hoping that Hillary is as inevitable as she turned out to be in 2008. I am done with the political family dynasties that seem to have developed over the past few decades. Maybe it says something about us and how we have destroyed our political system, or maybe it says something about those two families and their never-ending quest for power.
Anyway, I want them both gone. I really can’t stand Hillary and wish there was another reasonable option on the Democrat side. Hillary has all of the cold, political calculation of her husband, but none of the charisma or political skills that mask that calculation. If she’s the Democrat nominee, all it would take is a Republican who is willing to depart from the Republican orthodoxy and I would seriously consider voting for a Republican — to keep Hillary away from the Presidency and end the Clinton dynasty.
So, along comes this guy. I still worry that he’s a bit of a whacko. He has definitely wandered along the edge of the fringe element of the right wing here in this country. But there is a lot I like about him. He has a more isolationist approach to foreign policy that recognizes that we can’t solve the world’s problems and shouldn’t keep trying to do so. And when it comes to what government can and cannot do, I’m okay with somebody who may shake things up a bit. I’m a bleeding heart liberal who firmly believes in the value of social programs and interventions, but I also think that there is an inevitability to the overreach and bloat of government and I wouldn’t mind a bit of a revolution in the way things happen in this country.
That’s one of the reasons I was so excited by the Obama candidacy back in 2008. He offered an alternative to the status quo, the way that things had happened for decades. The problem he ran into is that he didn’t have the power to overcome the status quo and the rock solid opposition to his quest for change.
So, fine, let’s roll the dice again. Because the reality is that our system is fundamentally broken and I’m ready for a revolution in how we govern this country.
And Rand Paul challenges the Republican orthodoxy. Read the article I linked to. He challenges law enforcement. He recognizes that race still plays a huge role in our criminal justice system and in our society. At the same time that he clearly plans on running for the Republican nomination for President in 2016, Rand Paul is willing to say that law enforcement has gone too far. Tell me the last time you’ve heard a Republican say that.
I know that a lot will happen in the next two years and that Rand Paul has said some pretty crazy things in the past, but I’m intrigued.