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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Salon: Opinion- Steve Kornacki: Is Rand Paul The Next Robert Taft?

Source: Salon- U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R, Kentucky-
Source: Salon: Opinion Steve Kornacki: Is Rand Paul the next Robert Taft?

The mainstreaming of Rand Paul, interesting title for an article. I saw another article in the magazine The Week with the title, does the rising of Rand Paul mean and end to social conservatism. Which are the two things to focus on as well as laying out what social conservatism actually is and how that differs from religious conservatism and they may sound like the same thing but they are actually different.

If you look at Rand Paul's political background whether you want to call it Conservative or Conservative-Libertarian or just flat Libertarian, he's always been in the mainstream in America as far as someone who believes that big government shouldn't interfere in our economic or personal lives. Meaning that government shouldn't try to control us or run our lives or even try to protect us from ourselves. Not that it shouldn't tax, but not tax us to the point where we lose the freedom to control our own destiny and not be dependent on the state for our economic well-being. But that government shouldn't interfere into our personal lives as well. And what we do in the privacy of our own homes, what we watch on TV, who we sleep with and marry as adults, how we spend our own money as long as we aren't hurting innocent people with what we are doing. There's nothing radical about this and this view of what government shouldn't be doing is a shared viewpoint on both the Right and Left in America which is why it's mainstream.

Social conservatism and religious conservatism, aren't the same thing.

What is conservatism? Well in a political sense it's about conserving social freedom. So if you are a social Conservative you believe in social freedom. Barry Goldwater was a social Conservative, so was Gerry Ford, Ron Reagan and so-forth and so is Rand Paul today. All of these men believe in social freedom, not subtracting from it or restricting it and forcing all Americans to live a certain type of life even for their own good. Kentucky in a lot of ways is a perfect state for Senator Rand Paul because there are a lot of real social Conservatives who live there and represent how Rand got elected to the U.S. Senate and perhaps is the strongest voice in the Kentucky Congressional delegation right now. Religious conservatism at least in America is our version of a theocratic political ideology where religious Conservatives base their politics on a strict interpretation of the Bible and want to force all Americans to live a certain way.

Religious conservatism is not about conserving freedom but conserving a certain way of life that was fairly common in America up until the 1960s. And forcing all Americans to get back to that lifestyle because they believe we have too much individual freedom and our freedoms are sending America down a wrong track that will lead to our demise. And that's not the wing of the Republican Party that Rand Paul represents. But he represents the conservative libertarian wing of the party.
Source: Shock Doctrine: Megyn Kelly- Asks Senator Rand Paul: What is Neocon