Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke on February 27 to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and outlined his vision for economic growth and foreign policy. “There comes a time,” said Paul, “that fear and forgettfulness causes a nation to hesitate, to waver, to perhaps even to succumb.” It is then, he said, that those who love liberty must rise to the occasion.
 
 To the cheers of the audience, the Kentucky ophthalmologist and Libertarian-leaning Republican said, “Will you lovers of liberty, will you rise to the occasion?” He denounced politicians who accept censorship, imprisonment without trial, or the use of torture “even against the innocent,” while calling on the same lovers of liberty to rise against them. Referencing the American Revolution and the founders’ stand against the British monarchy, he called on the audience to “reclaim our birthright.”
 
“We must protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic,” he said. As an example, he said that the Supreme Court has failed to protect liberty. Referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), he referred to it as the “mistake of the century,” while saying that Justice John Roberts had ruled that the law must be presumed to be constitutional. “Why don’t we presume liberty?” asked Paul. He said that President Barack Obama had lied in his “fundamental promise” that Americans would be able to keep the doctors they like once the legislation was enacted. 
 
As for foreign policy, Paul said that foreign aid should not be given to countries at odds with the United States while he also called for a Congressional declaration of war when American military is to be deployed outside of the country. “Conservatives understand,” said Paul, “that government is the problem.” It is no wonder, said Paul, that government inept at home is a failure abroad. He recalled the words of Martin Luther King Jr. who once described that two Americas live side by side: one where opportunity is evident, while the other experiences grinding poverty. Moreover, having visited inner-city communities such as Detroit and Ferguson MO, Paul said that "liberal policies have failed" to reconcile these differences.
 
To shouts of “President Paul! President Paul!” the Kentucky senator added that Congress should not pass laws from which its members are exempt. Moreover, he said he would support a Constitutional amendment to that effect. He gave the most rousing speech yet during the deliberations at the annual confab. He also said that he will soon introduce as legislation the largest tax cut in history. Paul promised "the largest tax cut in American history," slashing taxes for "the richest to the poorest." Besides, he said that he will soon reveal an ambitious 5-year plan to to balance the federal budget.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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