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  • 19Dec 12

    Washington Times Op-Ed: PAUL: Rep. Tim Scott right pick for Senate

    I'm excited that I will have the opportunity to work with Rep. Tim Scott in the U.S. Senate. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made a fine selection in choosing Mr. Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative champion and my friend.
  • 16Nov 12

    Washington Times Op-Ed: Ron Paul Revolution: GOP's Last Best Hope

    Some argue that Ron Paul was never relevant, that he was simply a gadfly who never accomplished anything legislatively. Others, myself included, argue that maybe, just maybe, the Ron Paul Revolution is the last best hope for saving the GOP from oblivion.
  • 15Oct 12

    Lexington Herald Leader Op-Ed: Sen. Rand Paul: Vote was against wasteful bill, not veterans

    Recently the Herald-Leader criticized me for voting against a Veterans Job Corps program that was introduced in the U.S. Senate last month. My reasons for voting against the bill had nothing to do with "letting down our veterans," as the editorial implies.
  • 14Oct 12

    Louisville Courier-Journal: Senator Rand Paul writes on foreign aid

    After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, I supported the war in Afghanistan. I support the position that no nation or faction should ever be allowed to attack America without swift and overwhelming reprisal.
  • 10Oct 12

    CNN Op-Ed: Rand Paul: Romney's wrong on Middle East, defense spending

    This week, I will campaign for Gov. Mitt Romney. I believe this election will and should be about moving America back from the edge of the abyss on which we stand, where our debt and spending threaten to overwhelm and drown us. Romney's belief in free markets, limited government and trade make him the clear choice to lead our country come January.
  • 19Sep 12

    Washington Times Op-Ed: Demanding justice from Libya, Egypt and Pakistan

    By now my colleagues in the Senate are familiar with the tragic story of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi. Since Dr. Afridi was taken into custody by Pakistani officials in May 2012, I have been fighting for his release. I have also been working for a vote on a bill that would cut foreign aid to Pakistan until they free this ally of America.
  • 11Jul 12

    Northern Kentucky Enquirer Op-Ed: Bridges trump enhancements

    The Kentucky Politics blog on recently argued that funding turtle tunnels and beautification projects was just as important as funding our nation's infrastructure. I could not disagree with his position more, and I suspect the people of Northern Kentucky are on my side on this one.
  • 3Jul 12

    USA Today Op-Ed: Roberts' ruling isn't final

    In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision, can you still argue that the Constitution does not support ObamaCare? The liberal blogosphere apparently thinks the constitutional debate is over. I wonder whether they would have had that opinion the day after the Dred Scott decision.
  • 28Jun 12

    National Review Online Op-Ed: Obamacare Is Not Constitutional

    Political observers have described the 2010 Tea Party wave as an extraordinary assemblage of liberty-minded Americans who rallied around the Constitution in order to reclaim their country. One of the galvanizing forces was the passage of Obamacare - the national government's takeover of our health care. Millions of Americans were enraged by this and other aspects of the Obama administration's destructive political agenda, and they were sick and tired of their representatives' failure to do anything to stop it. The 2010 wave election was a direct consequence of Obama's unconstitutional ideals and czar-like power. And now, with the announcement of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare, it is my belief that the American people will be motivated to reorder our political priorities as they did in 2010.
  • 19Jun 12

    National Review Op-Ed: Opposing Unconstitutional Wars

    Much has been speculated and written since my endorsement of Mitt Romney for president. Many in the liberty movement and my longtime supporters wondered if, as a result of endorsing someone for office, I would stand up to them when they went astray. The question to me is as strange as the answer is simple: Yes, strongly. Every time. I have always done what I believe and I have never been blinded by party. In my time in the United States Senate, I have opposed the USA Patriot Act, voted against the NDAA over indefinite detention, fought to end mandatory minimum drug sentences, and voted against my party's official budget because it didn't cut enough spending. I introduced a resolution against an unconstitutional war in Libya, and tried to repeal the authorization for the unconstitutional war before that in Iraq. I don't believe any fair look at my record will show blind partisanship - or partisanship of any kind. I have worked with Senate Democrats on civil liberties, and the House Black Caucus on the drug war. I have fought alongside the ACLU on civil liberties, and at times, I have fought all by myself on federalism issues. I endorsed Governor Romney for many reasons, not the least of which is that we simply cannot afford four more years of President Obama. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, an out-of-control EPA and NLRB, and trillion-dollar deficits are combining to strangle our economy. I am afraid if that chokehold is not released quickly, our country may quickly follow Europe into destruction. Anyone who doesn't believe there is a difference between the two candidates on economic issues is simply not looking or not being honest with their assessments. Where I don't know if there is as much of a difference as I would like is foreign policy. Let's first be clear: President Obama was elected on a platform of ending wars, yet he has opposed every effort made by me and others in the Senate to do that. He opposed my resolution to end the Iraq War. He has refused my urgings to end the war in Afghanistan more quickly. He started another war in Libya, and this time went further into unconstitutional territory than previous presidents by not even seeking Congressional approval whatsoever. I opposed him when he did that. Anyone who believes President Obama is less aggressive internationally than his predecessors is mistaken. I do not yet know if I will find a Romney presidency more acceptable on foreign policy. But I do know that I must oppose the most recent statements made by Mitt Romney in which he says he, as president, could take us to war unilaterally with Iran, without any approval from Congress. His exact words were: I can assure you if I'm president, the Iranians will have no question but that I will be willing to take military action if necessary to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I don't believe at this stage, therefore, if I'm president that we need to have a war powers approval or special authorization for military force. The president has that capacity now. This is a misreading of the role of the president and Congress in declaring war. The Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president. The War Powers Act also clearly states that U.S. forces are to engage in hostilities only if the circumstances are "pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces." Absent these criteria, the president has no authority to declare war. Even if the president believes he has such authority, the War Powers Act goes on to require the president to seek congressional approval within 60 days of conflict. No president is above the law or above the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers were quite concerned about giving the power to declare war to the executive. They were quite concerned that the executive could rule like a king. Before sending our young men and women into combat, we should have a mature and thoughtful debate over the ramifications, the authorization, and the motives of the war. James Madison wrote that the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates, that the executive is the branch most interested in war and most prone to it. The Constitution, therefore, with studied care vested that power in the legislature. I will hold accountable and oppose any actions from any president, Republican or Democrat, if he declares war without congressional consent. - Rand Paul represents Kentucky in the U.S. Senate.  
  • 10May 12

    Washington Times Op-Ed: Tea Party Wins In Indiana

     OpReports of the Tea Party's death have been exaggerated greatly. Oh sure, Harry Reid may say it's dead, and he clearly wishes it were so. The upset victory of Richard Mourdock in Indiana indicates the Tea Party is alive and well.
  • 10May 12

    Huffington Post Op-Ed: Rep. Earl Blumenauer Needs to Brush Up on His Legal Research Skills

    On Tuesday, May 8, I had the honor of testifying with Congressman Broun before a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on our bill to repeal and change parts of the Lacey Act.
  • 13Apr 12

    Kelley Paul Offers A Comment On Working Moms

    "I've seen both sides of the equation. I worked for a decade in marketing for the telecommunications industry and for more than a decade raising three sons. I stand with Ann Romney and millions of other moms who know that being a full time mom to young children is definitely hard work. This administration's attack dogs and their cynical attempts to rally their extreme base will backfire. They should call a cease fire to their war on the family."
  • 22Mar 12

    American Legislator Op-Ed: Sackett Victory Holds EPA Accountable?but by How Much?

    On March 19, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded one of its longest-running enforcement matters - a 22-year battle with 80-year-old Massachusetts cranberry farmer and Korean War veteran, Charles Johnson. Mr. Johnson's crimes were neither violent nor extreme. Rather, Mr. Johnson has spent the past 22 years - and $2.5 million - embroiled in litigation with the EPA for the right to expand his cranberry farm. Now, Mr. Johnson and his family must spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more to create 26 acres of wetlands and to pay a $75,000 fine to the EPA.
  • 8Feb 12

    National Review Op-Ed: The President's War On Religious Freedom

    In his 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II delivered a scathing critique of socialism, declaring that "the fundamental error of socialism is anthropological in nature. Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated. . . . Socialism likewise maintains that the good of the individual can be realized without reference to his free choice, to the unique and exclusive responsibility which he exercises in the face of good or evil."
  • 1Feb 12

    Louisville Courier-Journal Op-Ed: Prioritize to pay for bridges

    Here in Kentucky there are now three major bridges in critical need of repair. In addition to the Sherman Minton and the Brent Spence bridges, the Eggner Ferry Bridge in Western Kentucky joined the list when it partially collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship. The day after the incident, I visited the bridge site and met with local officials to assess the situation. Fortunately, no one was injured by the collapse.
  • 24Jan 12

    Washington Times Op-Ed: TSA's intrusions undermine security

    Today, while en route to Washington to speak to hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Life, I was detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for not agreeing to a patdown after an irregularity was found in my full body scan. Despite removing my belt, glasses, wallet and shoes, the scanner and TSA also wanted my dignity. I refused.
  • 20Dec 11

    Kelley Paul Participates in Wreaths Across America at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West

    Hopkinsville, Ky. -- Kelley Paul, wife of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, spoke to a crowd of nearly three hundred people who gathered in Hopkinsville on Saturday, Dec. 10, to participate in a special annual observance at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. According to Cemetery Director Richard Stanley, this was the first time in the five years that the local cemetery has participated in Wreaths Across America that a wreath has been placed on the grave of every veteran interred at KVCW.
  • 7Dec 11

    Roll Call Op-Ed: REINS Act Would Rein In Overzealous Regulators

    Federal administrative agencies issued 3,271 new regulations in 2010, or roughly nine regulations per day. Small businesses spend an estimated $10,500 per employee to comply with federal regulations, a considerable burden on the private sector's ability to create jobs at a time of continued economic struggles.
  • 1Dec 11

    Washington Times Op-Ed: War on terror doesn't justify retreat on rights

    James Madison, father of the Constitution, warned, "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become instruments of tyranny at home." Abraham Lincoln had similar thoughts, saying, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
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