I have always thought that Senator Rand Paul, like his father Ron Paul, was a small time grifter who learned long ago to speak “conservative.” Both men politically irrelevant gadflies and small-time grifters who managed through America’s polarization to get a seat at the big boy’s table.
In a stunning display of hypocritical douchebaggery …
Rand Paul calls on Hillary Clinton to refund Planned Parenthood donations
At an anti-abortion rally on Capitol Hill, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called on the Democratic presidential frontrunner to refund any donations from Planned Parenthood.
"Hillary Clinton's hands are stained by accepting this money," said Paul, who says he has been guaranteed a vote to ban any taxpayer funding for the family planning group. (It currently receives funding that is prohibited from being used for abortion.) "She needs to immediately return every red cent she has received from Planned Parenthood employees." Source: Rand Paul calls on Hillary Clinton to refund Planned Parenthood donations - The Washington Post
When the shoe was on the other foot …
Rand Paul Refuses To Return Contributions From These White Separatists
In his first campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Paul received multiple donations from contributors tied to organizations identified by SPLC as white nationalist or neo-confederate hate groups. In September of that year, the New York Daily News reported that three such activists had given at least $1,400 combined to Paul.
The Paul campaign’s Federal Election Commission reports revealed that he received $500 from Virginia Abernethy (a self-described “ethnic separatist” with her own ties to the Council of Conservative Citizens), two donations totaling $700 from William Daniel Johnson (a corporate lawyer who once proposed a constitutional amendment to strip non-white Americans of their citizenship), and $200 from Carl Ford (an officer of a group that endorsed a second secession).
The contributions came during a campaign in which Paul openly criticized the public accommodations provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, saying “I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant — but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership.” Paul has since denied ever holding that position.
When the 2010 donations came to light, Paul spokesman Gary Howard said that the campaign would not return the donations and “cannot perform background checks on all of our 35,000 plus donors.” He later acknowledged that these donations had come from white separatists — but still declined to return the funds, arguing, “Dr. Paul condemns hatred and discrimination, and if the white separatists who donated to his campaign think he shares their views they are badly mistaken and would be in for a rude awakening when they see that 20 percent of his campaign staff is made up of African Americans.” <Source>
Bottom line …
Just as I deplore political dynasties, be they Kennedy, Clinton, or Bush; I also deplore professional politicians like the Pauls who make a living sucking on the public teat.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius