Rand Paul: ’No place’ for feds ’rounding people up at will’ in Portland

Rand Paul: ’No place’ for feds ’rounding people up at will’ in Portland

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Monday tweeted against the use of federal officers to quell the protests in Portland, Ore., saying the handling of unrest there should have been left to the local law enforcement. ’We cannot give up liberty for security. Local law enforcement can and should be handling these situations in our cities,’ Paul said and condemned the ’federal agents rounding people up at will.’

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James G.
James G. 3 weeks

First things first, this is actually to articles being put together because they both feature Rand Paul. In short: 1st: Rand Paul complaining about GOP spending, pointing out our hypocrisy. Yes, we need more of this. We had the house, the senate, and the white house, how could we fail at cutting spending and instead raise the deficit? Republicans, the worst party, expect for all the other ones. 2nd: Rand Paul complaining about homeland security arresting people in Portland. He argues this primarily from a federalism/anti-authoritarianism angle. I somewhat agree with him (at least the optics are terrible), but the question comes, if the local and state authorities won't quell the rioting, should the people living their just suffer? Neither option we are given is perfect, but if for instance one was appealing to the populous as a force of law and order, it may help their image if they arrested rioters. Overall, Rand Paul is one of the few men in the GOP that when he breaks rank it isn't over Anti-Trump sentiments (generally as an appeal to a lost sense of morality), but instead over small-government libertarianism, and for that I applaud him.

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