Rand Paul Makes Moral Arguments
On Friday evening Rand Paul spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The following are some memorable quotes from the speech.
I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, there is something profoundly un-American about using the brute force of government to bully someone. And I’m dead serious when I say, if the president doesn’t hold someone accountable, I think he will have lost the moral authority to govern effectively.
The educational establishment has really has given up on many blacks and Latinos. We can come in to the rescue because they are not willing to change anything to make education better.
Through school choice and granting more local power to schools, we can be the people who come in and rescue people from a tragic life where the schools don’t serve them any good.
Latinos will come to the GOP when we treat them with dignity.
I think the party can be big enough to allow people who don’t all agree on every issue.
The moral arguments that Rand Paul is making are different from the sterotype narrative about Republicans making a moral argument to promote a traditional family of one man and one woman married who have babies that are nurtured and cared for. Those arguments are prone to produce gaffes when they are reduced to a sound bite. This is in no way a criticism of James Dobson and Mike Huckabee and other Christians. They have a better platform and venue for these arguments than most politicians who are interviewed by the driveby media have.
The moral argument against a too large and powerful federal government using brute force to bully and harm someone is an appealing and a winning argument. When Rand made his filibuster even Hollywood liberals like Kevin Spacey were impressed and on his side. Hopefully more Republican politicians will make this moral argument. Expand it to include the money that workers have already lost from delaying the Keystone XL pipeline. There are additional examples of new regulations that are costly and especially brutal to the less fortunate who can’t afford the lawyers and accountants to deal with them.
Just because it’s difficult for a Republican to win in California does not mean that all Republican politicians should just surrender and make no effort. Rand Paul is leading the way of providing a smart approach for winning support. More like this, please.
Cross-posted at Unified Patriots