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Rand Paul’s libertarian alternative

When the 2016 primaries begin, Rand Paul will be offering the GOP a starkly different choice.

W. James Antle IIITheAmericanConservative.com

If Republicans truly want lower taxes and less intrusive government, they can no longer support a “national security state” and $1 trillion “wars of choice.” That was Rand Paul’s very well-received message last week to the Conservative Political Action Conference, said W. James Antle III. Among the young activists who dominate CPAC, Paul won the presidential straw poll by 20 points over Sen. Ted Cruz and 25 points over Sen. Marco Rubio, both of whom also have presidential ambitions in 2016. Paul, a consistent libertarian, sought to differentiate himself from the likely GOP field by arguing that viewing the U.S. as a permanent battlefield in “the war on terror” is utterly “incompatible with constitutionally limited government.” You can have drone warfare and constant surveillance of phone calls and Internet activity, Paul noted, “or you can have the Bill of Rights, but you can’t have both.” And you will never have a balanced budget and lower taxes if the U.S. is funding frequent military interventions abroad. As the saying goes, “to govern is to choose.” When the 2016 primaries begin, Paul will be offering the GOP a starkly different choice.

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