The University of Kentucky is my school, so when a politician comes to my school advocating 19th century norms and values I figured it should be captured on tape.
Rand Paul came on 4/7/10 and I was there. Here are the videos with a few thoughts:
No federal funding for higher eduation? Because the proof is in the pudding that federal funding has benefited EVERYONE in the south (that's us Kentucky), and if you live in the south you'd better support the Democratic agenda because you take in more federal tax dollars in than you put out.
Kentucky, we don't have all that much oil. And I can tell you this, conservative policies of increasing domestic oil exploration/production while driving prices higher with speculation makes no sense. Companies like Exxon-Mobile have managed to dodge American taxes altogether in 2009 while making massive profits.
What makes currency valuable? Our trust in it, do you really think there is any value in gold beyond the fact that it's a shiny metal? There isn't, the idea that a metal that backs up paper is any more valuable than plain paper is beyond batty.
"[Gold] gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head. -Warren Buffett"
Seriously Rand? Aren't you aware of Kentucky coal slurry ponds? They are devastating to Kentucky's environment.
Yeah, America's global imperial interests are jacked, there are states that are more capable than others. Are we Americans, or should we relate to what state we live in like we did before and during the American Civil War?
So... here's where I step into the debate about guns. For those of you who aren't aware, Rand spoke at a gun rally at our state capital. Militia leaders were there speaking about civil war and hanging journalists who didn't write what they wanted. And there will be more video as they continue to upload.
Guns fall under "Private propety"?, really, I promise you this, I'll ask one of the most pronounced historians in the country about this issue, I doubt the 2nd amendment was about property rights...