Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Starving For Attention

Somewhere in the book Campaigning for Dummies, there must be a passage that says “Three years before they start actually counting votes, get out there and say really stupid shit so that bloggers will make fun of you.”

That must be what was behind this outburst from Rand Paul.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) equated government programs that prevent people from dying of starvation with slavery in a new profile of his medical practice published today, revealing himself to hold a view of the role of government so limited as to nearly define the state out of existence.

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“As humans, yeah, we do have an obligation to give people water, to give people food, to give people health care,” Paul allowed, “but it’s not a right because once you conscript people and say, ‘Oh, it’s a right,’ then really you’re in charge, it’s servitude, you’re in charge of me and I’m supposed to do whatever you tell me to do.”

There’s libertarianism, and then there’s the adolescent belief that no one else is entitled to the essentials of life without giving up some amorphous idea he read in a book that he didn’t really understand by an author who embodied the idea of “I got mine, fuck you.”

Does anyone seriously believe that this country would elect a man like that as president?  If so, let’s leave now.  But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say he’s doing just to get the attention.

So noted.