Rand Paul had a lot in common with his cohorts in in the senate. He has but a vague acquaintance with the truth, a total distrust of women, a hatred of civil rights, a disdain for non-Christians, full support for eliminating public aid to students, the poor and the ill. Oh, and he's afraid of what immigration reform might really mean.
But he does, from time to time, in moments of obvious weakness, reveal what he's really thinking. And this week, with the immigration bill deal being hoped for, Senator Rand Paul stood up -- and this time it's not for a filibuster -- at least not yet. Here's a little something from good ol' Sam Stein.
WASHINGTON -- An amendment to put $30 billion towards border security, including 20,000 more agents along the border, is not enough to convince Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to support the bill.
Unlike his GOP airhead senators, he's being practical. A McCain-type surge isn't what's needed. Now that makes sense. Good for you, Rand.
The Kentucky Republican told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he would oppose comprehensive immigration reform as currently written. A new "border surge" amendment, introduced by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), would provide unprecedented investment in that element of reform. But the problem, Paul argued, is not a lack of resources being devoted to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Making even more sense. This isn't a matter of throwing money or troops at a problem. The "problem" doesn't even exist. Gooder yet, Rand. Then he continued:
Rather, Paul said his concern continues to be that a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented citizens would be put in place regardless of whether border security has been achieved.
So that's what it's all about. Citizenship. If these undocumented folks become citizens, they'; have to be treated as equals... Rand Paul can't have that! Nor can the GOP as a whole. And certainly no one is putting more obstacles in the citizenship path than his expected competition in 2016, Marco Rubio. Remember, he threatened to vote against his own bill. He doesn't want to see citizenship reached by so many of his Hispanic brethren because then he'd cease to be special. They would't support him. And he'd go the way of high button shoes and low neck collars. Fazes that died out.
And unless the bill includes his (Paul's) amendment -- which requires Congress to vote on whether border security is sufficient in order for the pathway to commence -- he won't back the reform effort.
Let's cut to the chase. The GOP knows that they need Hispanic support if they're going to win national elections... And the more they fight against citizenship the stronger the Democratic party will be. There's only one voice that's standing up for them at the moment. And that's the Democrats. So just like with voter suppression efforts, the GOP's plan is to try to keep Hispanics (and most certainly women) away from the voting booth. That's what immigration reform is to them. It's another term for voter suppression. Instead of embracing the undeniable future, they wish to just cheat and sweep it under the rug. Well guess what? Immigration isn't going away and the more you fight it, the father your party is going to fall from significance. It happened with the Bull Moose party. Same with the Federalists. How about them Democratic-Republicans?
Wake up and meet your new citizen neighbors. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll become what the Constitution says we are, "We, the people..."