The conservative media and other GOP presidential contenders are beating up on Rand Paul for telling the truth about ISIS. Breitbart’s saying that Paul has “joined the left” in “blaming the GOP” for ISIS’s existence. Rick Santorum compared Paul to Bernie Sanders. Bobby Jindal said that Paul’s view on ISIS makes him unsuited to be president. And I’m sure there’s tons more coming.
So, what exactly did Rand Paul say to draw so much ire from professing conservatives all of a sudden?
Politico reported on Rand Paul’s blasphemous comments:
Rand Paul says the Islamic State exists and increased in strength because of the hawkish wing of the Republican Party that provided weapons to the region “indiscriminately.”
The Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate blasted members of his own party like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for arguing that the terrorist group exists because of people like him.
“I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’ job even easier. They’ve created these people,” Paul said in an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that aired Wednesday on “Morning Joe.”
Paul said the group is “all over Libya” because the “same hawks in my party loved — they loved Hillary Clinton’s war” in the country.
“They just wanted more of it, but Libya’s a failed state and it’s a disaster. Iraq really is a failed state or a vassal state now, of Iran,” he said. “So everything that they’ve talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong about for 20 years, and yet they have somehow the gall to keep saying and pointing fingers otherwise.”
Well, Rand Paul is right. The political leaders in both major parties have been complicit in this. They give arms to terrorists in the Middle East and then act surprised when terrorists use those weapons on civilians and our soldiers.
What do you think the Tea Party was all about? It was supposed to stand up against the RINOs. Rand Paul isn’t the RINO here. He’s the guy standing up to the RINOs, and they don’t like it.
It’s important to understand that if you want to run for president in either major party, you must surrender yourself completely to your party, always blame everything bad on the other team, never say anything critical about your own team, and always give credit to your own party for everything good that’s ever happened. This goes for both parties. To party leaders and their team players, this whole thing is a game or a competition, not unlike American Idol. You don’t have to have talent to win American Idol. You have to have the best image. And people have to love you, whether you’re good or not.
In politics, it’s the same thing. It’s all about image and being a good “team player” so that people will love you, whether you’re a good guy or not. If you tell the truth, you’ll be buried by your own team. You’ll be looked at as a traitor. Not a traitor to your country. It’s more important than that. You’ll be looked at as a traitor to your party.