Rand Paul Unfit for POTUS
I have previously written that Rand Paul is a populist clown who must stop taking advantage of his supporters’ ignorance of the law to heighten his political profile. Populist Clown Rand Paul “Big Brother Is Watching!” OBS 6/13/13 I have also noted that Paul twists the current state of the law to suit his vapid political rhetoric. Filibuster Silly Buster! Nothing More Pressing Right Now? OBS 3/8/13 Now the man who would be Libertarian-in-Chief paints NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a hero to the libertarian cause who should be welcomed back to the United States as a prodigal son.
“I don’t think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison. I think that’s inappropriate. And I think that’s why he fled, because that’s what he faced,” said Mr. Paul. “Do I think that it’s OK to leak secrets and give up national secrets and things that could endanger lives? I don’t think that’s OK, either. But I think the courts are now saying that what he revealed was something the government was doing was illegal. So I think, personally, he probably would come home for some penalty of a few years in prison.”
Mr. Paul has previously called Mr. Snowden’s actions “civil disobedience,” but New York Democrat Chuck Schumer was right to remind Mr. Paul on the same TV show that the “grand tradition of civil disobedience in this country” includes the willingness to “face the consequences.”
As President, Mr. Paul couldn’t behave like some ACLU legal gadfly. He’d be responsible for setting standards for the entire security bureaucracy. To offer Mr. Snowden leniency on such terms would send a signal that any federal employee could leak any secret as long as he claims a higher moral cause.
But arguing that Edward Snowden is some kind of national hero shows an unseriousness about national security that would make him unsuitable to be Commander in Chief. Block quote excerpted from Review & Outlook “Rand Paul’s Snowden Apologia” Wall Street Journal 1/8/14
One could almost forgive Mr. Paul if he were merely playing a cynical political game wherein he tries to get centrist and left of center voters to give him a stint in the White House. But this is no game. Given the damage the United States has suffered under President Obama, we cannot afford even a single presidential term under a Libertarian clown. Rand Paul for President? I think not. –Grizzly Joe