The Rand Paul solution: Path to citizenship, de-criminalized pot, fewer U.S. military forays

An impressive post-election paragraph from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., with Politico.com:

….Paul said he’ll return to Congress this week pushing measures long avoided by his party. He wants to work with liberal Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republicans to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for pot possession. He wants to carve a compromise immigration plan with an “eventual path” to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a proposal he believes could be palatable to conservatives. And he believes his ideas — along with pushing for less U.S. military intervention in conflicts overseas — could help the GOP broaden its tent and appeal to crucial voting blocs that handed Democrats big wins in the West Coast, the Northeast and along the Great Lakes.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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18 comments Add your comment

Not Blind

November 13th, 2012
2:50 pm

The very first thing the dipsticks need to address is the completely hijacked 14th Amendment.

jconservative

November 13th, 2012
2:54 pm

“…crucial voting blocs…in the West Coast, the Northeast and along the Great Lakes.”

What about his Kentucky and the South?

Aquagirl

November 13th, 2012
2:57 pm

the completely hijacked 14th Amendment.

Who, pray tell, has “hijacked” this Amendment?

Atlantan

November 13th, 2012
2:58 pm

jconservative: He figures he has the South locked up when he runs for President, so maybe he’s trying to capture other states (assuming he can make it out a primary).

Marlboro Man

November 13th, 2012
2:59 pm

Its called pandering for votes.

MANGLER

November 13th, 2012
3:03 pm

I like how fiscal conservativism and a compromise on budget talks to avoid austerity didn’t make his list. And with the other bills discussed on other blogs that Congress is gearing up to deal with … doesn’t sound like too many elected servants are paying much attention to the end all of our society. Unless they just mentioned it to get reelected.

Marlboro Man

November 13th, 2012
3:05 pm

end of society, you mean your society huh ?

Kris

November 13th, 2012
3:40 pm

Jim, man is nation whack job day?

Weetamoe

November 13th, 2012
3:41 pm

Low information voters!! Rand Paul is a libertarian conservative (like many TEA party members) so what he is saying now is what he and most libertarian conservatives have been saying all along. The truth is that democrats hate libertarians because democrats are authoritarians.

MANGLER

November 13th, 2012
3:47 pm

Marlboro – was a reference to what so many were screaming at as the end of our society, the fiscal cliff. Everyone was talking about it through the elections, and with the exception of 2 Congressmen mentioning it last week, that’s about all I’ve seen or heard about it from Washington.

lala libertarian

November 13th, 2012
3:51 pm

Has Rand Paul ever met a problem he didn’t think could be solved with less government? Stop signs? Let the market decide! Drive a tank if you want to live.

Jason H.

November 13th, 2012
4:00 pm

With the exception of immigration policy, this is more of the same from Rand Paul, which isn’t a bad thing. Paul has always been anti-war and anti-war on drugs. He’s now just trying to get people to pay attention. Keep up the good work, Dr. Paul, as always.

Tom

November 13th, 2012
4:10 pm

But….but….but allowing people to smoke marijuana makes Baby Jesus cry!

Kris

November 13th, 2012
4:21 pm

Yeah this joker is from KY….Holy smoking blue grass Batman.

Legalize marijuana!

Welcome to Georgia The “Lets make a dope DEAL” State.
(not trying to be apolitical arsonist…just want to light my pipe).

Grass $$$$ oz.
Last in education priceless

# 1 in political corruption. Shady Deals under the table and behind closed.locked guarded doors…

The shorter the lobbyist skirt the cheaper the politician..(or law you want passed).

Drew

November 13th, 2012
4:50 pm

It’s all talk. Recall that Rubio also claimed that he had a version of the DREAM Act that could pass. Never materialized.

honested

November 13th, 2012
5:30 pm

Senator paul must have forgotten the dolts he will have to overcome in his own party.

So much hot air.

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Dreamtime

November 13th, 2012
6:53 pm

Rand is not saying these thing just to get votes. He has always been pro pot legalization and anti military invasion of countries along with relaxed immigration laws. Nothing new here.