Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Krugman Spots the Real Rand Paul

I love it when the wing-nut wing of the Republican party gets caught out. Here is a post by Paul Krugman on his NY Times blog pointing out that "libertarian" Rand Paul isn't so big on "liberty":
Think Progress listens to Rand Paul, self-proclaimed defender of individual liberty, who believes that Americans should be imprisoned for listening to speeches:
PAUL: I’m not for profiling people on the color of their skin, or on their religion, but I would take into account where they’ve been traveling and perhaps, you might have to indirectly take into account whether or not they’ve been going to radical political speeches by religious leaders. It wouldn’t be that they are Islamic. But if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that’s really an offense that we should be going after — they should be deported or put in prison.
He’s not unusual. There are genuine libertarians out there. But political figures who talk a lot about liberty and freedom invariably turn out to mean the freedom to not pay taxes and discriminate based on race; freedom to hold different ideas and express them, not so much.
I guess Rand Paul hasn't heard of the freedom of thought, i.e. you can have any thought you please so long as it doesn't hurt others. Since the US Bill of Rights presumed such a right as so basic that it didn't bother to include it while it included rights to speech, press, assembly, religion, etc. But if the state can jail you because you heard something and it is still rattling around in your head, but you haven't acted on it, then that is the essence of a "police state". Rand Paul shows his "libertarian" credentials by endorsing a police state of the US. Go team Tea Party!

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