Decision Time: Will Rand Paul Choose To Diverge From His Father?

Decision Time: Will Rand Paul Choose To Diverge From His Father?

The apple does not fall far from the tree, as they say. However, hardly anyone takes into consideration that the apple did, in fact, remove itself from a habitual position—the branch.

 

In many ways, not only should Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul remove himself from an old “habitual position,” but he also has to. If Paul wants to survive a presidential election, he will need to break off from the isolationist tree that is his own flesh and blood—his father Ron Paul.

 

With Russian President Vladimir Putin firing warning shots at the Ukraine, specifically and recently in the Crimean providence, there has been no time like the present to question the isolationist movement with a legitimate rationale. The extremity of this issue is rising beyond that of what you would see with an eyebrow. No, it is more: the raising of the hammer of war.

 

“I really am a believer that foreign policy must be viewed by events as they present themselves, not as we wish them to be,” Paul said in a speech at the Center for the National Interest.

 

Previously, Paul also pointed out that Russia is not a force to be taken lightly. As easy as a war hawkish statement like the one Sen. John McCain suggested would be, Russia holds a major military power in the world A.K.A. plausible raised military hammer.

 

“We still need to be conscious of the fact that Russia has intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Paul said in an interview with The Washington Post last week. “Though the Cold War is largely over, I think we need to have a respectful—sometimes adversarial—but a respectful relationship with Russia.”

 

Paul is correct, Russia should be handled with respect, but the thing everyone wants to know is when will it be too much? When do Russia’s constant suggestions and actions of aggression, passive at the least, towards the Ukraine (and others) cross the bridge dividing the sides of isolation and appropriate interference?

 

That is a huge question, and it is one Paul will have to answer sooner much rather than later. He is left with two options.

 

The first, continuing in his father’s footsteps by remaining set in radical foreign avoidance. The second, declaring he will take a stand on foreign disturbances of magnitudes of this level and those that surpass it.

 

With President Putin and the raising Russian aggression as his worst enemy, Paul has a lot on his plate, and he knows that.

 

Regardless of the pressures, here is why he deserves a spot in the Oval Office should he opt for that position: he understands the repercussions of a divided nation, and at the end of the day, he realizes this is not about his election at all, but something bigger.

 

“In order for both parties to perceive victory,” Paul said, “I think both parties must save face, or at the very least, not lose face.”

 

That is one juicy apple.

 

How would Paul’s move from an isolationist position change his chances of winning an election? Are you in support of his father’s position on staying out of foreign affairs, or do you believe we should intervene more often in international affairs? Perhaps you find yourself in the middle.

 

Leave your advice for Rand on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments section below.

 

(Photo courtesy of Striatic via Flickr Creative Commons)

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