I wanted to write something quick and casual about last nights State Of The Union events. I thought the words to Marco Rubio’s speech were excellent. Whoever wrote that speech did one hell of a job but you could painfully feel his nervousness. I had so hoped that he was going to knock it out of the park for the GOP but from the very beginning you could hear his voice trembling. It definitely didn’t look presidential. Glenn Beck called it his Bobby Jindal moment. I think Bobby Jindal pretty much ruined his career with his response to the State of The Union that year. So, Beck was a little harsh on Rubio who still has amazing potential even if he is a little rough around the edges. Anybody who grew up dreaming of becoming the first Hispanic president and who spent their teenage years with a huge poster of Ronald Reagan over their bed is alright in my book. The scene with the water was awkward but he pulled a recovery with the below tweet which he posted immediately following the speech.
Everyone out there who is thirsty for liberty is scanning the horizon looking for who will be the next Reagan. That’s why tens of thousands of people would stand outside in 2008 just to get a glimpse of Sarah Palin in person. We waited 20 years to see somebody who so embodied Reagan’s pioneer spirit like she did. She never tripped up once no matter what the left threw at her. She stayed flawless in every speech and debate. She has that charisma and magic that Reagan displayed. After the 2010 election, I believed the momentum was on our side. Our team came out in record numbers over the Chick-fil- A controversy, Obama had proved himself as a terrible president, then Sarah Palin started that bus tour that ended in Iowa with one of the best speeches honestly that I had ever heard. This was it I thought, she is running. What happened? Did Karl Rove and the establishment push her aside because they had already decided for us that Romney was going to be the nominee? Will we ever know what happened? Did the heartache from THAT leave millions of conservatives sitting on the side lines at home on election day because they wanted to send a message to the GOP. Was that what cost us the election? Again, everyone out there who is thirsty for liberty is scanning the horizon looking for The One. Time and time again we are left being disappointed. What politician is thirsty for free enterprise and a limited government? Which politician is hungry enough to get our republic back in line with our Constitution.
It didn’t get much press but Rand Paul did a SOTU response on behalf of the TeaParty which was broadcast over the Internet. Out of the three speeches we heard last night Paul’s vision for America is the direction I hope we will take. I was inspired enough about it to stay up late and post the video and transcript on my web site. One of my Internet buddies LTyner felt the same way. To paraphrase the famous line from the movie Jerry Maguire, Rand Paul had me at Montesquieu! “Montesquieu wrote that there can be no liberty when the executive branch and the legislative branch are combined. Separation of powers is a bedrock principle of our Constitution.” said Rand. His words were spot on and his delivery was confident. I’ll be cautious with Rand too but a little less so than Rubio. Rand comes across as one of the hopeful front runners. I look forward to following Rand Paul’s career over the next few years and seeing more of what he has to offer. Here is a man who not only is thirsty for liberty but willing to fight for it and that my friends is exactly what we need.