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* Issue 13 *
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• Senators Rand Paul & Marco Rubio have much in common
By Michael Collins
.If current hype in the media is to be believed,
Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.)
are now the biggest names fighting for the 2016
GOP presidential nomination.
In a CPAC straw poll, Paul edged Rubio by a margin
of 25-23 percent with former Sen. Rick Santorum
(R-Penn.) trailing far behind at 8 percent. New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie — who was not invited to
CPAC — followed with 7 percent. Rep. Paul Ryan
(Wisc.), the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate,
got 6 percent, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 5
percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, newly elected
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came in last.
The media coverage of Paul and Rubio is interesting
and suggests that the two are really much
alike, despite cosmetic differences.
While Paul is often presented as a more “independent” voice, in contrast to Rubio
who has well-established GOP ties, both are
described as tea party favorites. And yet,
Paul has carefully groomed links to high ranking
GOP functionaries who helped him
win his Kentucky Senate seat in 2006.
And despite the fact that within the tea
party movement there is a stark (though little-noticed) divide over foreign policy, the
two senators are closer than people realize.
Many tea party enthusiasts strongly support
U.S. military ventures abroad, seeing
America as a needed force for establishing
a good, solid world order under what’s
called “American exceptionalism” — that’s the New World Order — but many tea party folks
don’t realize that. Rubio touts American exceptionalism,
but Paul has expressed concerns (like his father,
retired Rep. Ron Paul) about an over-reaching
military presence around the globe.
At the same time, however, the media praises
Paul, saying he stands in stark contrast — often described
as “refreshing”—to his father who is cast as
a likeable, though somewhat kooky, extremist. The
media says Paul can reach a more broad-ranging
GOP audience than his father ever could.
What’s more, the media gloats, Paul is reaching
out to Israel and its influential supporters in America,
which Rubio has already done during his fast
rise to the top. And as leading neoconservative guru
Frederick Kagan has noted, Paul does not differ
from the neocons when it comes to Israel’s primary
present concern: a nuclear-armed Iran.
While his own father was still running for president
and criticizing bellicose voices urging U.S. and
Israel military action against Iran, the younger Paul
was voting for provocative measures against the Islamic
republic, echoing rhetoric about Islamic extremism,
akin to that of neocon power broker
Norman Podhoretz who says America is now engaged
in its “third world war” — against Islam.
For his own part, Rubio — the child of Cuban immigrants —
is in trouble with many conservatives
concerned about his immigration “reform” proposals
many see as opening the door for legalization of
millions of illegal immigrants now in America.
Likewise, libertarian conservatives — which Paul
is — have been historically friendly toward “open
borders.” Where Paul will stand on this issue, remains
to be seen. However, he has talked about it in
a manner that leaves many hard-line advocates of
cracking down on illegal immigration a bit uneasy.
Meanwhile, according to The Washington Times — a beacon of “official” conservative thought — a new consensus is emerging among those who attended
CPAC 2013. In a front page story on March
15, the Times reported: “GOP leaders have decided
it’s time their party surmounts the immigration
issue, embraces legalization and moves on.” It added
that a CPAC panel on immigration “was stacked with
advocates for legalization of illegal immigrants — a
stance that until recently has been a decidedly minority
position within the GOP.”
On the issue of “gay marriage” — which some prominent Republicans have endorsed — Paul and
Rubio adopt a libertarian stance. Paul says he can
envision reworking the tax code to permit homosexual
couples to take advantage of tax benefits
now available to heterosexual couples. Rubio told
CPAC the proposed constitutional amendment
defining marriage to be between a man and woman
should be abandoned and that the issue should be
left to the states (a position Paul’s father took during
his presidential campaign).
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Michael Collins Piper is the author of Final
, the controversial
“underground bestseller” documenting
the collaboration of Israeli intelligence in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is
also the author of The New Babylon
High Priests of War
New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America
Judas Goats: The Enemy Within
Secrets: Crime, Conspiracy & Cover-Up in
the 20th Century, The
GOLEM: Israel's Hell Bomb
These works can
be found at America
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He has lectured
on suppressed topics in places as diverse as
Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Russia and Abu Dhabi.
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