Rand Paul Defender Of Civil Liberties Calls For Jailing People Who Attend Radical Political Speeches

if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that’s really an offense that we should be going after — they should be deported or put in prison.

From Think Progress

There are libertarians with sincere belifs that I might disagree with but still respect. And then there are libertarians who seem to be little more than pseudo-intellectual trolls. Rand Paul is in the latter category.

Rand Paul to EPA: Don’t protect Kentucky

If there was one form of disastrous pollution you would think everyone would readily agree the Environmental Protection Agency should regulate, it would be mountaintop removal coal mining. It’s hard to think of a modern industrial practice that does more damage than the one that blows up the top of mountains, fills up stream beds and valleys, and poisons the local water supply.

From How the World Works – Salon.com

Does Senator Paul care about the property rights of the people who will live downstream and downwind of the coal mining operations?

Rand Paul Gets Pissy With Eliot Spitzer for Asking Him to Name Specific Budget Cuts

Eliot Spitzer and Rand Paul had a rather contentious debate over his income, his stance on Medicare payments for doctors being reduced and just what he’d cut to balance the federal budget…

From Video Cafe

Rand Paul demonstrates that Socialism is when the government helps other people.

This is why Rand Paul is a joke. He has sincere, deeply held but not thought out beliefs. He is against socialism, except when it benefits him. He wants to cut spending, but not on spending that goes to his interests. 

Dr. Paul: Not board-certified

Libertarian ideology rejects most of the modern regulatory systems that protect consumers, because everyone should be responsible for determining whether the hamburger contains E. coli on his own. But does that do-it-yourself dogma apply to the regulation of medicine, too? If you’re Dr. Rand Paul, practicing ophthalmologist, the answer is emphatically yes.

Dr. Paul: Not board-certified, but self-certified – Joe Conason – Salon.com

Paul is obviously well within his rights to get mad about some dumb policy and write cranky letters about it and then form his own medical board with pizza parties every day and no girls allowed. It is just not clear why he was still claiming to be certified by the ABO years after he began his crusade against them.

Dr. Rand Paul’s crusade against board certification – War Room – Salon.com

Joe Conason and Salon raise some really interesting questions about Rand Paul. The guy comes off as a crank and a bit of a lose cannon.