As the new year fully kicks in, I haven’t been able to keep from noticing what the big stories that rang in the new year are: Obamacare, the “Polar Vortex,” and Rand Paul.
For Obamacare to still be a top news story is completely understandable. It’s the biggest pain in the neck I’ve witnessed since becoming actively involved in politics and current affairs. Thousands without health insurance, after the many empty promises from the Obama administration, keep this on everyone’s radar.
If you live in America, you’ve also probably been hit with or seen what every news station – and person – is calling a “Polar Vortex.”
And last but not least my favorite – Rand Paul. I have to be honest and say that I was somewhat surprised at the stir Senator Paul has been making since the new year began. However, I have a feeling it won’t be his only news grabbing story this year. As 2016 gets closer and closer, I have a strong feeling Rand Paul will continue to be in the headlines.
I honestly believe that’s what Mr. Paul is gearing up for, and that’s exactly what some seem to be afraid of. Twice in one week’s time, Paul was told how unfit he was for a current, and possibly future position.
First, news of Senator Paul’s lawsuit against the Obama administration over the unlawful snooping done by the NSA, Republican Congressman Peter King said,
“Rand Paul does not know what he’s talking about. And Rand Paul is really spreading fear among the American people…. In any event, he doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate for spreading that type of misconception and absolute lies to be honest with you.”
Secondly, Wall Street Journal fired at Paul after he suggested that instead of Snowden receiving the death penalty or life in prison, he only serve a few years in jail- greatly shortening the term that he “deserves” to serve. The WSJ quickly commented,
“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. If Mr. Paul wants to make that case, he can do so in the GOP primaries. We don’t agree, and we doubt the courts or the American public will either. 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.”
Looks like Rand is neither a favorite on the mainstream Left or Right- but he is a favorite among the majority of the American people and that’s where it matters most. The common, the ordinary, plain, blue collar, hardworking Americans.
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