One of the reasons that Donald Trump is the president has to do with the family tree of Dr. Rand Paul, Senator of Kentucky. Sure, his father, the legendary Dr. Ron Paul, is a lot different than Mr. Trump. While Ron Paul and Donald Trump shared (Trump in 2017, Ron Paul prior) a peaceful platform, a disdain for NAFTA, and a strong sense that states need more rights, there were/are just as many differences. Still, it was Ron Paul that woke up so many people. For some reason, this libertarian legend who looked a bit like an undertaker was able to awaken huge swaths of the nation to what was happening in the world, even though he had been in Congress for many years before. America has known no greater Congressman.
Fast forward to 2016, and we had an election full of people who spent four years wondering what happened to the Tea Party, why was Boehner a neocon traitor, and how bad the establishment GOP was going to be destroyed by a Hillary Clinton run. As the GOP voters tried to forgive Rand Paul for betraying his dad, Rand began talking about abortions instead of taxes, and Trump stole the tax idea in the eyes of the public as a result of it. Considering that Rand Paul has built his career on the topic of taxes, it had to be one of the more poorly run campaigns in modern history in order for that to have happened.
As it turned out, Gary Johnson tried to be Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein was even too zany on the global warming front for anyone but neo-hippies. The real “third party, Constitutional” candidate turned out to be someone (at least running as) a Republican that the world knew and loved already, Donald Trump. His differences with the libertarian wing of his party were forgiven since there was no real Constitutionalist (except maybe Richard Duncan) on the ballot after Rand Paul was forced out. Thankfully, even after the short jokes, Rand Paul has overlooked any brash comments and become one of Trump’s must vocal supporters. He aims to talk with Trump about differences like the illegality of asset forfeiture that steals innocent peoples money as well as the criminals, the Fourth Amendment with things like stop and frisk, and, it seems, Obamacare.
The Daily Mail today reports that Rand Paul and “a group of Democrats marched” to what was a locked office in the House side of the Capital Building. He was there to see a copy of the bill that is being written (may be done?) to both repeal and replace Obamacare, something Paul supports and according to recent speeches, the president does as well. Rand Paul has been known to take drastic, purposefully humorous measures to prove a point (such as throwing the tax code into a wood chipper), but it is never a “show for show’s sake.” Rather, there is always a point, and in modern America, he knows how to get the point heard and noticed when he needs to.
To this end he said, “It’s the secret office for the secret bill,” as he talked to reporters outside of what was a locked door on the base floor where Rand Paul says that the bill is being hidden. It is rather scary to think that something as vital as healthcare, our healthcare needs a nation, is being decided by a very small number of pencil pushers. That is why Paul was seen looming outside of Rep. Cathy McMorris’ office where he again asked the see the repeal and replace measures.
The Daily Mail also says that Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois paid a visit seeking the coming law to the offices of Kevin McCarthy, as well as being seen “hunting” at Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden’s office, only to be shooed away. It is reported that “The unusual search wound through the Capitol and labyrinthine Rayburn House office building,” which as anyone who knows what can be the very animated and playfully sarcastic demeanor of Paul can imagine, must have been a really smile-inducing set of visits to watch.