Skip to comments.Rand Paul skips Netanyahu address
Posted on 05/24/2011 10:52:51 AM PDT by Nachum
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a warm welcome from a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) skipped out on the speech, staging what appeared to be a silent protest of Americas foreign aid to Israel. As senators gathered on the Senate floor before the address, Paul was spotted speaking to his staffers toward the back of the chamber. As the Senate procession across the Capitol began, the tea-party-backed senator quietly walked to his desk, sat down and began shuffling through papers and newspapers.
If it’s a foreign aid issue, then he’s just being consistent.
If he is against Israel, that would be a problem.
I don’t see how a conservative can support either Paul for higher office. Their indifference to the troubles of Israel or their lack of understanding of what an ally means in that region is cause for disqualification.
There are three main groups of people who have supported Ron Paul and they are Truthers, Dopers, and anti-Semites.
Wrong time to display his foreign aid stance- this tells the truth about him and daddy! Anti Israel, pro terrorists killing Israeli babies i take it!
Well, his daddy is an un-admitted, but obvious anti-semite.
Perhaps the acorn didn’t fall far from the nut.
(To mangle a saying)
I’m not a fan of either Paul.
Like father like son.
Who cares about Israel?
“Who cares about Israel?”
God. Conservatives. Jewish people. Christians. Our military.
Yup, this was the concern with Rand. Sounds like his true stripes are beginning to show and he may be much more like his demented father than he let on. I’ve always been suspicious of Rand for this very reason and wondered if he and his father are trying to co-opt the TEA Party and turn it into some kind of libertarian dominated organization. It’s already bad enough that Fox and other media call Ron Paul “the godfather of the TEA party” when that is most certainly not true.
Are you serious?
Thank you, Rand Paul - for revealing your true side.
Goodbye, Rand Paul. You’re swinging by your own petard
wow. Huge black mark for Rand. He seemed like a more reasonable version of his dad, who is right on some issues, but utterly disastrous on others. This shows he may be nothing more than an anti-Semite.
Like Father, like Son.
Then he will be boycotting a joint session of congress when the Japanese Prime Minister speaks?? Or Mexico or the Philippines?
Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley flatly denied Pauls absence was related to Israel funding, pointing out that her boss had heard Netanyahu speak Monday night while attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.
This is about the PATRIOT Act and Reid not yet keeping his agreement on amendments, Bagley said.
Looks like this is less about Israel and more about a procedural dispute between Paul and Reid. I will admit, though, that the commentary in the article about the cloture clock and how that relates to Paul's actions is a bit beyond me. Maybe somebody here is better informed on this issue and can contribute something helpful in that regard.
Paul, a tea-party-backed senator who opposes the Patriot Act, has said he wants to drag out the process of renewing key provisions of the counter-terrorism law which expire Friday. Reid had hoped to recess the Senate during the speech and count that toward the cloture clock, but Paul stayed on the Senate floor, kept the chamber open, and was able to stop the cloture clock.
Well, his Dad, Dr. Ron, is a Jew-hater. Maybe the son is too.
If Rand is the future of Tea party- it just lost my support!
Conservatives do. You know, the very people who are heart and soul of the Republican party. Rand will not last long as a US Senator from Kentucky if he starts adopting his Dad's loopy libertarian agenda. It is a shame Rand may be more like his nutty father than he let on.
This is a big strike against Rand. I had hoped that he was better than his dad, but I guess not.
I’m no fan of foreign aid but in the case of Israel its strategic aid in the best possible sense (Not to mention the technological return on our investment)
Israel faces a constant state of financial warfare from all sides, our aid to Israel is worthy.
Ron Paul’ites/”Hard Core” Libertarians like to ride the coat tails of the Tea Party...they were struggling for membership for decades, now have instant Tea Party “Street Cred”!
How do you know that this reported incident is accurate, and atypical of others during the time it was alleged to have happened? Do you take what is reported as gospel by Politico?
I sure as hell do.
However, there are certainly a few morons that don’t. To name a few.... Muslims, skinheads and other small brained idiots.
He is still a good man, I just disagree with him on this issue.
Exactly, and this goes to show the Tea Party is not monolithic.
I don’t think Petraeus is solid on Israel. I hope I am wrong.
If he keeps this up, Rand Paul will establish himself as a kook and lose much of the Tea Party and conservative support he’s enjoyed. Not many want a doctrinaire libertarian.
I guess it’s the talk of those “evil bankers” - according to the Pauls, life we be so good if it were not for the “evil bankers”. And we could legalize all drugs for recreational use.
Interesting political plaform - they’ll make sure you have money and drugs. Like a modern-day “chicken in every pot”.
Small government is loopy?
The nut, apparently, really does not fall far from the tree!
Based on what the Tea Party folks usually say, the Tea party is not about social issues. It is about economic issues.
True Conservatives really need to be careful about things are defined these days.
Conservatives in Kentucky were warned by experienced Republicans. They were rejected and labeled RINOs, boobs, and antedeluvian nosepickers. They were right. The Pauls ARE wrong for America.
And it's about national security issues and the security of allies.
Reid always plays parliamentarian games. It’s about time someone else uses the rules to their advantage.
“If he keeps this up, Rand Paul will establish himself as a kook and lose much of the Tea Party and conservative support hes enjoyed. Not many want a doctrinaire libertarian.”
He’s part of the libtard wing of the libertarians...
And he pals around with the TRAITOR Adam Kokesh:
The full piece says he stayed in the Senate chamber to block Reid's parliamentary maneuvers on renewing the Patriot Act another 4 years. His office his absence had to do with anything foreign aid.
Let's try this one again: "His office said his absence had nothing to do with foreign aid."
It's in the FULL article. The excerpt is a scurrilous lie by omission.
Is that Cindy Sheehan ?
If she is for him then I am against him.
Thank you for bringing some much needed facts into this Rand Paul Bash-Fest. I appreciate Sen. Paul fighting against Dingy Harry and efforts to push through some troubling issues with the Patriot Act.
There's a whole lot of charges of antisemitism being thrown at Rand Paul and damned little to back them up.
Rand obviously is libertarian in his stripes. He thinks, like most, that the Patriot Acts is help to create a police state and a country closer to Nazi Germany. So if Rand is a carbon copy of his father then he doesn’t like War on Terror. The he thinks it is an excuse to grow the police state for a lack of a better word. While I get the concern, there is no need to be anti-Semite like Obama. And there is a War on Terror. And the muslims want to take us down. Period. So defend Israel.
To repeat: As far as I can tell rand is being supported by the same nuts as Ron who don’t think there is a War on Terror, the government was responsible for 9/11, Bush was no good for passing the Patriot Act, and that the US is a dictator and we should end all war and cut the military funding because it reduces debt, ends fake wars, and stops a world order that the US government wants to impose. That is what they think and how you have Ron is dead set against stopping Islamic terrorism against the United States.
It’s disgusting that people here are spreading the lies of the left wing media. Rand stayed in the Senate chamber as a procedural gimmick to slow down the Patriot Act from passing. It had nothing at all to do with Israel. People need to get their facts straight.