Senator Rand Paul is, not surprisingly, opposed to President Trump’s surgical strike in Syria. Paul is a fundamentalist in regards to the United States Constitution. He is an isolationist in theory, although he often denies it.
He has gone on record as stating that the Syrian missile strikes were unconstitutional. Paul argues that Congress should have been involved in the decision to authorize the use of the military as he finds the strike not to be in the national security interest of the United States.
I don’t necessarily agree with Paul, but the Kentucky senator has earned his voice in this national dialogue. He respectfully expressed his disagreement with Trump while noting that he supports Trump and likes the president personally.
I commend Paul for his personal convictions. He is standing for what he believes, even if he is in the minority. Rand Paul is often the lone voice on an issue, but he is passionate about what he believes. We need men like Paul who present the “other side of the story.” Whether we agree with him or not, Paul often plays the devil’s advocate.
But Senate dinosaur, John McCain, has a different take on Rand Paul. McCain, in all his nobility, told CNN that he “doesn’t pay any attention to what Paul says, because Paul doesn’t have any real influence in the United States Senate.”
Wow! I Keep forgetting that McCain and his pals, Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, and Orin Hatch are supposed to be the only “real” voices of the Senate. These men are so arrogant and pompous that any of the other senators, who have not made a career of schmoozing with the Washington Establishment, are subservient know-nothings.
McCain continued, “I don’t pay any attention, frankly, to what Paul says.” And McCain’s right. He doesn’t pay any attention to Rand Paul, because Paul is not a member of the “Pond Scum Club” in the Washington Swamp.
Rand Paul has expressed a difference of opinion with President Trump. But Paul has shown Trump the respect that McCain has never bothered to pay to the POTUS. John McCain has inferred that Trump is involved with the Russians, and he has sided with the Democrats and Trump’s political enemies at every turn.
Paul, on the other hand, has reached out to Trump considerately and decorously despite his differences in policy. Until the Syrian strike, McCain has debased and ridiculed Trump at every opportunity.
Yet, McCain, in all his self-perceived grandeur and majesty, boasts that he doesn’t even pay attention to one of his fellow senators. Why, “THE” John McCain doesn’t have time for little fellows like Rand Paul. Paul is just a peon, a simple-minded medical doctor who “thought” he was smart enough to be a politician in the Washington Establishment. But he doesn’t know the “things” that the imperial John McCain knows.
I am no apologist for Rand Paul. I have disagreed with him on many an issue. But I respect him for having the courage of his convictions.
It is John McCain to whom I pay no attention. In fact, he is becoming so small that I can barely even see him.