Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random
The Honorable Rand Paul
United States Senator for the State of Kentucky

Senator Paul: 

I am not a libertarian but I admire the libertarian philosophy for its strict adherence to the principle that the role of government should be confined to protecting the rights and liberties of individuals.  If you are going to claim the banner of libertarianism, you must be true to the libertarian ideal that government should not impose its subjective morality on any individual citizen. 

Your position on reducing sentences for nonviolent drug offenders is progressive but it is not libertarian.  Your refusal to come out for legalization of illicit drugs or even to state that nonviolent drug offenders should not be imprisoned removes you from the libertarian party.  Moreover, your radical non-libertarian opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest makes us wonder how you could ever be confused with a libertarian. 

Maybe I have misstated the libertarian ideal.  If so please enlighten me.  Or maybe your philosophy borrows more from the rigid individualism and pure capitalism of your namesake Ayn Rand than it does from the libertarianism she derided as a vehicle for anarchy.   

So what is it, Senator?  Are you an Objectivist in the Ayn Rand tradition, are you a libertarian or are you something else entirely?  Before you become a candidate for the presidency, we’d really like to know. 

Jack Random

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