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Rand Paul & A New Awakening

In Recent News on May 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Yesterday was the big day for Paul supporters across the country from each party and independents alike, however it centered around a single state, Kentucky, and the GOP.  Rand Paul, the 47-year-old ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and son of the more famous Ron Paul, took on former Democrat and Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the Republican Primary in the state. Normally little attention would be paid to a GOP senate primary half a year before the mid-term elections, however this was an exception. This was not just a contest between two candidates vying for the chance to enter the elite club that is the US Senate, it was a contest that could define the Republican Party for years, if not generations to come.

Grayson seemed the ideal candidate to the Republican leadership, he was a former Democrat, had few strong ideological positions, and was running as a yes man for the party establishment, they figured they could shuffle him in, win a few center-left independents along the way, and add another political robot to their supporter ranks in the senate. He quickly won the endorsements of everyone from Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, to former VP Dick Cheney, to one time presidential hopeful and moderate Republican Rudy Giuliani. The establishment was completely and 100% behind Grayson and he was ready to repay them by playing their game, however it did not exactly go according to plan for those in Washington.

Rand Paul may not have been backed by the GOP establishment, but he had something much more important on his side, the grassroots supporters. He, like his father Ron Paul did in the ’08 presidential campaign, set fundraising records by raising $433,509 in a 24 hour period, shattering any amount raised by a Kentucky senate candidate before and this was before the general election had even begun. The proverbial big figures may have thrown their support early and often behind Grayson, but the little man proved that it is he who controls this country. Finally, last night, when push came to shove, not only did Rand Paul manage to defeat Grayson, he did so by a massive margin of 23.4%

So perhaps you are still wondering why this single election was important, sure Rand Paul is against the party establishment, and sure he beat the odds and when, but what does it prove, what does it mean, why should I care? The fact is that, alone, this race proves nothing and accomplishes nothing, however you must look at it as part of a broader trend. Any self-respecting political “expert” would have put his money on Grayson, he had the name recognition, the establishments backing, and the ‘moderatism,’ by which they mean lack of truly substantial positions on most topics, to reach out to independents. However the people of Kentucky were unaffected by these traditionally deciding factors, they actually took some time, researched the candidates, looked into them and thought about who really deserved their vote and who they really wanted in Washington and by a massively overwhelming majority they backed the underdog, senator-to-be Rand Paul.

However, as I said, one must look at this as part of a greater trend. I’m not just talking about a right-wing/libertarian trend, though it tends to come from that side, a side which I identify more closely with, but also the left. Arlen Specter, former Republican, now Democrat, and one of the ultimate political ‘players’ and establishment figures, gone in the primary. In Utah a long time ‘moderate,’ again the term means that he has no real strong political views or opinions, Senator Bob Bennett, gone in the primary. Senator Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, forced to a run off. You can even look at the Florida gubernatorial race where Christ, a well established RINO and current state governor, had fallen so far behind in the polls that he abandoned the Republicans altogether for the prospect of an independent campaign. Traditionally this would signal an easy Democratic win, with the right-wing vote split, however the Dem in the race there is polling at a measly 18% as opposed to Rubio and Christ who are both in the 30%s (Rubio ahead by several points).

The fact is that the American people are experiencing a new awakening, unlike any they’ve had in years. Regardless of ideology or party identification, they have begun to realize that it is not the establishment parties that control the country, the elitists and fools up in Washington don’t control the United States either. We the people of the United States of America control this country, our elected officials in Washington are our employees, they serve us, not the other way around. John F. Kennedy once said: “Do not ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I have a slightly different phrase; “Do not ask what your government is going to do, tell your government what it is to do.” Long ago George Washington warned, in his farewell address, that political parties were a great threat to democracy and a detriment to the people’s ability to rule their own country. Now, well over 200 years later, I think the American people are finally awakening and realizing the danger that comes with a political duopoly.

A Beginning

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Ama-gi

I’m 15. Everyday, whenever you turn on the TV or read the news there’s someone, from some ideology, or some side of the isle, claiming that they are doing what is best for the future and the youth. Of course never do you actually hear the opinion of the ‘youth.’ Despite the fact that it’s our future, our America, our lives that they are deciding each and every day in Congress, it is assumed that anyone younger then their mid-20’s is incapable of forming an educated opinion or an opinion at all for that matter. I beg to differ. While many view the teens of this country as obsessed with pop culture and with little concern, as a group, for politics, news, or anything education, can’t the same be said for much of America? In fact, can’t the same be said for the very news programs we watch when such a large portion is dedicated to stunts such as balloon boy and octomom, pop culture stories and endorsement, and the back stories and personal lives behind politics. All this while the American public, youth, teen, middle-aged, and all other ages, remains sorely uninformed.

That is why I am beginning this blog. I have an opinion, a legitimate, thought out, opinion, one that no one seems to take the time to listen to. Personally I’m tired of Old Politics and the political establishment, and this includes Obama and McCain and the like whose claims of change are nothing but a sham. Everywhere I look, in every direction, on both sides of the isle, it seems that the political class is trying to tell the rest of the world what to do. On one side you have the progressives, I refuse to call the liberals but thats an argument for another time. They claim they know how you best spend your money, your earning. They claim to know what is best for you socially and fiscally. The neoconservative religious right  is no better. I was watching the Kentucky Republican Senatorial Primary Debate last night on C-SPAN and I saw a man by the name of John Stephenson who I believe epitomizes this. His entire argument centered around how we must force Christianity and, more importantly, strong moral guidelines upon all of Kentucky. Essentially this means he want let you do anything the church doesn’t want you to do, very different from not wanting you to do anything the church doesn’t want you to do. He’s very welcome to have his own thoughts and beliefs but when he tries to force them on others, that’s no better then the lefts socialistic tendencies.

For those interested about the name Ama-gi, and it’s traditional written form pictured at the start of this post, it is ancient Sumerian cuneiform. It means freedom. However it is more then that. Originating thousands of years ago, it was the first written concept of freedom, the first time the human mind successfully grasped and put that wonderful concept into words. Freedom is the base of this entire country and its about time that everyone, left, right, and center, realized this.