Rand Paul

(Randal Howard "Rand" Paul)

Rand Paul
Rand Paul
  • Born: January 7, 1963
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination, even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin. Society ;Discrimination & Prejudice
Does it make any sense to borrow money from China to give it to the unemployed I America? This weakens us. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Every time we have toppled a secular dictator (in the Middle East), it has been replaced by a chaos and the rise of radical Islam…. Intervention has unintended consequences Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Foreign aid does not go to foreign people. Foreign aid goes to foreign despots and dictators. Foreign Aid ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
He [Donald Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don’t think we should go to war with one person’s authority.. War & Peace
I think this sets a very bad precedent, the president unilaterally on his own starting war without any consent from Congress Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I want to stand up and cheer until I realize what he told me was all the great things about my privacy except that he really told me between the lines is that he is going to continue to collect all my private records without a warrant. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I will speak till I can no longer speak. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
If everyone in the party has to agree on everything, that’s going to be a very small party. Political Parties & Machines
If they won’t listen, we should limit the Politicians’ terms and send them packing.. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If we refuse to obey our own laws, can we really preach to the world the importance of the rule of law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Last year 100,000 people gathered on The Mall to Protest the deficit. We Republicans, over and over, castigated President Obama for creating a Trillion dollar deficit. I was against big deficits then, and I am agaist them now. Just because it is now Republicans doing all the spending, I am still opposed.... Those Republcians who voted for a tax cut and a spending increase are hypocrites. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Budgets & Budgeting
Syria: It’s a messy civil war and we should not be involved in it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Constitution is not about restricting the people; it is about restricting the government. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The number one cause of poverty in the United States is kids having children before they are married. Poverty
The Pentagon says that they are too big to be audited. That’s an insult. They spend $700 billion a year. They need to be audited. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The state doesn’t own your children. The parents do. Families, Children & Parenting
This [the debate over Obamacare] was never about health care; it is about freedom of choice. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We all want security …. But we don’t need to simplify the debate to such an extent that we simply say we have to give up our liberties. Defense & National Security
We just don’t have enough money to be trying to create nations. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We send billions of taxpayer dollars abroad and what do we get in return? Disrespect, disdain, and ultimately violence. Foreign Aid
We should stop giving aid to countries that hate us.. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Why do we give money to people who hate us? Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A Tea Party tidal wave is coming.
After all the sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq, why do we find ourselves in a more dangerous world?
All issues of crime are better addressed at the state level.
American inventiveness and the desire to build developed because we were guaranteed the right to own our success. Success
And when the time is right, I hope that African Americans will again look to the party of emancipation, civil liberty, and individual freedom. Time ;Hope ;Freedom & Liberty
As long as I sit at Henry Clay's desk, I will remember his lifelong desire to forge agreement, but I will also keep close to my heart the principled stand of his cousin, Cassius Clay, who refused to forsake the life of any human, simply to find agreement. Life
As president, I would promote a Fair and Flat Tax plan, known as the 'EZ Tax.' My tax plan would be the largest tax cut in American history, reforming individual, business, and worker taxes. History ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Because Republicans believe that the federal government is limited in its function-some have concluded that Republicans are somehow inherently insensitive to minority rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. Truth ;Government
Big and oppressive government has long been the enemy of freedom, something black Americans know all too well. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
Democrats in Louisville were led by Courier-Journal editor Henry Watterson and were implacably opposed to blacks voting.
Do we fear terrorism so much that we throw out our Constitution, and are we unwilling and afraid to debate our Constitution?
Do you hate poor people or do you just hate poor people with jobs?
Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant? Government
Each one of my budgets has taken a meat axe to foreign aid, because I think we ought to quit sending it to countries that hate us.
Even before ObamaCare, the government took care of the bottom 5 or 10 percent of the public who were on Medicaid. Government
Every child in every neighborhood, of every color, class and background, deserves a school that will help them succeed.
For most of our history, no one dared to tell Americans, 'you don't build that.' History
Foreign aid is not something the vast majority of Americans support, but definitely not conservatives.
Freedom is popular. Bring it on. Freedom & Liberty
General Hayden knows full well the powerful and invasive nature of metadata. Nature
Giving someone a one-time stimulus check, or a one-time tax cut that expires doesn't allow the predictability that business needs. Business, Commerce & Finance
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.
I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person. Society ;Work, Workers & The Labor 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. Government
I don't plan on being bashful.
I don't think I'm really open to having Washington change me.
I don't think I've ever used the word 'gay rights,' because I don't really believe in rights based on your behavior.
I don't think you should have everybody's information from their bank. There should be some process: accusations and proof that you've committed a crime.
I don't want to live in a nanny state where people are telling me where I can go and what I can do.
I grew up in a family that despised not only communism but collectivism, socialism, and any 'ism' that deprived the individual of his or her natural rights. Families, Children & Parenting
I have a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We've come to take our government back. Government
I have a question, a question for the president: Do you hate all rich people, or just rich people who don't contribute to your campaign? Do you hate poor people or do you just hate poor people with jobs?
I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.
I need to be very careful about going on certain networks that seem to have a bias.
I read all of Ayn Rand's novels when I was 17.
I rode my bike to school every day from age five to age fourteen. It was a small town - you could go anywhere.
I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
I tell people I won't vote to go to war unless I'm ready to go or send my kids. War & Peace
I think a lot of things could be handled locally.
I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn't worked.
I think that most manufacturing and mining should be under the purview of state authorities.
I think we need to treat everybody with dignity.
I think what happened during the Great Depression was that African Americans understood that Republicans championed citizenship and voting rights but they became impatient for economic emancipation.
I would argue that the objective evidence shows that big government is not a friend to African Americans. Government
I would never belong to any club that excluded anybody for race.
I, for one, will remain constantly vigilant of a government that admits its transgressions of liberty only when they are caught lying. Government
If I had been in President Obama's shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against ISIS.
If our freedom is taken, the American dream will wither and die. Freedom & Liberty
If you hear me out, I believe you'll discover that what motivates me more than any other issue is the defense of everyone's rights.
I'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form.
I'm not someone who's sort of still trying to figure out what I believe in.
I'm the third of five children.
In 1979, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Smith v. Maryland that a few days' worth of phone records for a single individual were not protected by the Fourth Amendment. The NSA today, though, collects hundreds of millions of phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans without an individualized warrant.
In America, as opposed to the old country, success was based on merit. Success
In our state, I'm really proud of the fact that the ones who overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democrat Party. So I am proud to be Republican. I can't imagine being anything else.
It is illegal for the CIA to spy on Americans and an affront to our Republic to spy on the Senate.
It isn't hard to find injustice around us, but we must not let injustice smear the good deeds that do occur everyday.
I've been fighting amidst a lot of opposition from both Hillary Clinton as well as some Republicans who wanted to send arms to the allies of ISIS. ISIS rides around in a billion dollars worth of U.S. Humvees. It's a disgrace. We've got to stop - we shouldn't fund our enemies, for goodness sakes.
I've repeatedly voted for sanctions against Iran. And I think all options should be on the table to prevent them from having nuclear weapons.
Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so.
Just because a majority of the Supreme Court declares something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so.
Let's means-test benefits - let's means-test Social Security and Medicare and make the rich pay more for these benefits.
Mandatory minimum sentencing has disproportionately affected blacks, Hispanics and others who often don't have the financial means to fight back.
My great-grandfather, like many, came to this country in search of the American dream.
No Republican questions or disputes civil rights. I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act.
Of strong importance to me is the defense of minority rights, not just racial minorities, but ideological and religious minorities.
People don't like to vote against something that's so incredibly popular.
Some Libertarians argue that Western occupation fans the flames of radical Islam; I agree. But I don't agree that, absent Western occupation, that radical Islam 'goes quietly into that good night.'
Some people say I chastise the Republican Party too much.
The biggest thing I've learned from my dad is he's had adoring crowds of 8,000 at Berkeley, and 6,000 at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. That's an amazing feat to have people coming out in one of the most liberal universities and one of the most conservative. Families, Children & Parenting
The Constitution's pretty clear. The Federalist papers are pretty clear... They very specifically delegated the power to declare war to Congress. They wanted this to be a congressional decision; they did not want war to be engaged in by the executive without approval of Congress. Power ;War & Peace
The defeat of Obamacare will come from the realization that the very idea of a government-administered health care system is absurd... and by people opting out of the system and developing workarounds. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The government can't even do a good job of something as simple as running the Post Office. How can it be expected to do a good job with something really important, like educating our children? Government
The government has a history of not treating people fairly, from the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II to African-Americans in the Civil Rights era. History ;Government ;War & Peace
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. History ;War & Peace
The history of African-American repression in this country rose from government-sanctioned racism. Jim Crow laws were a product of bigoted state and local governments. History
The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known - that human life begins at the moment of conception and, therefore, is entitled to legal protection from that point forward. Life ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The main thing I say on war is that we need to obey the law and formally declare war. War & Peace
The NSA should keep close watch on suspected terrorists to keep our country safe - through programs permitting due process, the naming of a suspect, and oversight by an accountable court.
The power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers. Power
The problem is that in our country, they make it almost impossible for politicians to win anything. In England it's easier to win a libel suit.
The realization is dawning that government doesn't work. In Silicon Valley, they already get this. And they are bright enough to be asking what we can do to solve problems. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The Republican Party is an empty vessel unless we imbue it with values.
The Republican Party's history is rich and chock full of emancipation and black history. History
The Republican promise is for policies that create economic growth. Republicans believe lower taxes, less regulation, balanced budgets, a solvent Social Security and Medicare will stimulate economic growth.
The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence, and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all members of Congress. Life
The Stamp Act was a direct tax imposed on the colonies by King George III. This act inevitably led to the American Revolution. Just as the Stamp Act did in 1765, Obamacare should act as a wake-up call. Chief Justice Roberts provides us with a similar call to action.
The Supreme Court must strike down the government's illegal spying program as a violation of our Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Government
The thing is I think vaccines are one of the greatest medical breakthroughs that we have. I'm a big fan and a great fan of the history of the development of the smallpox vaccine, for example. History ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Many of those people deserve to be in prison; however, some of them do not.
There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and forgetfulness cause a nation to hesitate, to waver, and perhaps even to succumb. When that time comes, those who love liberty must rise to the occasion. Will you lovers of liberty rise to the occasion? Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s, federal mandatory minimum laws were implemented that forced judges to deliver sentences far lengthier than they would have if allowed to use their own discretion. The result has been decades of damage, particularly to young people.
To defend our country we need to gather intelligence on the enemy, but when the intelligence lies to Congress, how are we to trust them? The phone records of law abiding citizens are none of their damn business. Trust ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Using taxes to punish the rich, in reality, punishes everyone because we are all interconnected. High taxes and excessive regulation and massive debt are not working.
Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies - where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement.
Washington is horribly broken. We are encountering a day of reckoning and this movement, this Tea Party movement, is a message to Washington that we're unhappy and that we want things done differently.
We as Republicans have taken the easy way out a lot of times.
We could try freedom for a while. We had it for a long time. That's where you sell something, and I agree to buy it because I like it. That is how we operate in most of rest of the marketplace other than health care. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Freedom & Liberty
We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white.
We should not have drug laws or a court system that disproportionately punishes the black community.
We should revoke passports from any Americans or dual citizens who are fighting with ISIS.
We still need to be conscious of the fact that Russia has intercontinental ballistic missiles.
What gets lost is that the Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights.
What I say is, national defense is the most important thing we do in Washington, but there's still waste in the military budget.
What I've always said is that I'm opposed to institutional racism, and I would've, had I've been alive at the time, I think, had the courage to march with Martin Luther King to overturn institutional racism, and I see no place in our society for institutional racism. Society ;Time
When you look at statistics for the white community alone, you see that we've become two separate worlds in which the successful are educated and wait to have children until they are married, and those in poverty are primarily those without higher education and with children outside of marriage. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Families, Children & Parenting
Whether you breach the Fourth Amendment 20 percent of the time or 100 percent of the time, it's still not the point. The point is whether or not you still collect millions of people's information with a single warrant. Time
You campaigned against rich people and you got enough envy whipped up in the country and you're gonna get 'em. You're gonna stick it to those rich people. But guess what? You may not get anymore revenue. You may not get anymore economic growth. But you can say, 'I stuck it to the rich people.'
You can't have it both ways. You can't tell me that you're taxed enough already, and that you want constitutional government and then in the next breath say, 'Bring me home some bacon.' The pig has been picked clean. Government
You don't go into politics unless you want to win. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You know, when Republicans were in charge, we doubled the debt. But, now, our concern is the Democrats are in charge and they're tripling the debt. So, really, our concern is that we want smaller government. Government
You know, you look at term limits, you poll term limits, 70, 80 percent of Republicans or Democrats are for it.
You need to have people within your own party that have the wherewithal to stand up to you.
You shouldn't have one opinion when you're running and another when you're president.