Will The Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up

Jim Burroway

June 26th, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has had quite a whipsaw of a day. This morning, he appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio program to talk about the Supreme Court marriage decisions. Beck said that today’s decisions opened up the possibility that “one man, three women. Uh, one woman, four men” can  get married. Paul took Beck’s lunacy a step further:

I think this is the conundrum and gets back to what you were saying in the opening — whether or not churches should decide this,” Paul said on Glenn Beck’s radio show Wednesday morning. “But it is difficult because if we have no laws on this people take it to one extension further. Does it have to be humans? You know, I mean. So there really are — the question is what social mores, can some social mores be part of legislation?”

“Historically, we did at the state legislative level, we did allow for some social mores to be part of it,” the Kentucky Republican continued. “Some of them were said to be for health reasons and otherwise, but I’m kind of with you, I see the thousands-of-year tradition of the nucleus of the family unit. I also see that economically, if you just look without any kind of moral periscope and you say, what is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country? It’s having kids without marriage. The stability of the marriage unit is enormous and we should not just say oh we’re punting on it, marriage can be anything.”

Paul walk that statement back a couple of hours later in an interview on Fox News:

“I don’t think it will be with multiple humans, and I think it will be human and human,” Paul said on Fox News. “I didn’t mean that to mean anything other than that I think the government will still probably be involved in defining marriage to a certain aspect. I don’t think we’re going on towards polygamy or things beyond that.”

And a few hours after that, Paul’s transformation was complete when he told ABC that the Republican Party will simply have to “agree to disagree on some of these issues.”

Stephen

June 26th, 2013

He’s dumber than his father. And just as sleazy.

Ryan

June 26th, 2013

Rand Paul goes on Beck’s show and does the usual comparison of gay people to polygamists, incest, and bestiality. It’s basically a conservative’s first instinct to compare me to people who fuck animals, and they think I’m ever going to vote for them? Then Rand Paul goes on a larger platform and immediately walks back his comments. This is a perfect demonstration of the Right pandering to the extreme conservative base while simultaneously trying to appeal to moderates on both sides. It’s not going to work, guys. You have to jettison the far right if you ever hope to eat at the Big Boy table ever again.

Joel

June 26th, 2013

essentially they never had a reason to begin with other than ‘this is what we have lets keep it that way because that’s what we have’. NO sense to me.. at all.

Marcus

June 26th, 2013

Funny, and here I thought one man-three women marriages were, you know, heterosexual marriages.

Nick

June 26th, 2013

Aren’t the Pauls part of the broader New Apostolic Reformation movement, known as 7 Mountains Dominionism, that preaches Church takeover of the secular Government? Thought I read that somewhere.

Ben in Oakland

June 27th, 2013

The real rand Paul did stand up– or rather, his finger did to see which way the wind was blowing in which venue.

jerry

June 27th, 2013

See, Marcus, that’s what happens to you when you think. You get confused and question the existence of GAWD. Then the Poop issues a fatwah on you.

Rob San Diego

June 28th, 2013

As stated in the past I voted for Ron Paul for president, but his son has got to remember his tea bagger motto, “DON’T TREAD ON ME!”

That means don’t tell me who I can and can’t marry!

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