As expected, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky declared himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday hoping, as the New York Times writes, “to disprove those in his own party who doubt that a fiercely libertarian conservative can be a serious contender.”
“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Mr. Paul wrote in a post on his website on Tuesday.
Funny thing is that conservatives don’t really believe in libertarianism as such. They believe in libertarianism when it means limiting the ability of their opponents to achieve their political goals. Think reproductive rights or gay marriage. And conservatives certainly don’t believe in limited government if it means curtailing the ability of the United States to kick ass and take names around the globe.
Sen. Paul is going to get spanked by his own party.