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Rand Paul: "The GOP Of Old Has Grown Stale And Moss-Covered"
Kentucky Senator and marathon filibusterer Rand Paul brought his invigorated libertarian stump speech to an enraptured audience (and Metallica) at CPAC on Thursday, inveighing that the GOP needs to change by returning to the classical principles spelled out in the country's constitution. "The Republican Party has to change," he told the largely conservative crowd, a statement which deviated significantly from one given minutes earlier by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who argued that the party doesn't need to change anything. Paul went even further with his Tea Party messaging, by casting aspersions of the Republican Party's leadership, who, Paul suggested, were responsible for letting the party fall into disrepair. "The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered," he said. "I don't think we need to name any names."...
Barry Goldwater wrote: On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. .... And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism." Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)