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Rand Paul, the Republican Senator from Kentucky, has long been a fan of the Founding Fathers of the United States and has embodied their spirit on multiple occasions. A beacon of liberty and classic liberalism in a world of slush, pork, spinelessness and debt, here are 5 quotes from Rand Paul which the Founders would be proud of.
1. American Exceptionalism
“People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.” -Paul in the Tea Party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union in 2013
2. Protection of the American People Without the Patriot Act
“How will we defend ourselves if the Patriot Act expires? Well, perhaps we could just rely on the Constitution and demonstrate exactly how traditional judicial warrants can gather all the info we need – and how bulk collection really hasn’t worked.” – Paul, in 2015, explained following the Passage of the Patriot Act which allowed federal agencies to spy on US citizens with a blanket warrant.
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3. On Capitalism Vs Collectives
“The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the cold war, is that the engine of capitalism, the individual, is mightier than any collective.”– Paul in his 2012 RNC speech.
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4. On Using Government Force
“I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, there is something profoundly un-American about using the brute force of government to bully someone.” – Paul in 2013, during an address given at the Reagan Presidential Library.
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5. Embracing Individual Liberty for All
“We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white.” -Paul in 2013 during his unprecedented speech at Howard University.