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RAND PAUL: Retrieving California is the key to the future
Washington Times ^ | 06/11/2013 | Sen. Rand Paul

Posted on 06/11/2013 5:14:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Last week, I spent some time traveling through a state that in recent years has become too much of a foreign territory for Republicans: California.

The last Republican presidential nominee to win California was George H.W. Bush in 1988, and statewide gubernatorial and Senate candidates haven’t done as well.

I think Republicans will not be a successful national party again until we can compete everywhere, every time, for every vote — coast to coast.

I began my trip to California by speaking to technology companies and executives in Silicon Valley. I met with Facebook, eBay, Google and smaller companies. What I heard was very encouraging. They are concerned with our fiscal mess and job-killing tax policies. They are worried their industry will soon be overregulated as most others are, and they think their customers’ right to privacy is in danger from an overreaching federal security state.

I was impressed to learn that both Facebook and Google are going a step above the letter of the law in protecting their customers. The trend in law enforcement in recent years has been to seek information from third parties and circumvent the Fourth Amendment rights of the consumers. I think that is wrong. I think your credit card bills, emails and other information that you share only with your provider should remain private and that your rights remain protected. I was pleased to learn that some of these tech companies quietly agree, and they now refuse to turn over email content without a warrant.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; gop; randpaul
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1 posted on 06/11/2013 5:14:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I suspect the only way to redeem California is for a major earthquake to cause LA and SF to fall into the sea.


2 posted on 06/11/2013 5:16:53 AM PDT by eaglescout1998
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t Rand supporting the “Gang of Eight” Amnesty Bill? Doesn’t he realize the absolute inanity of his statement? We need to win California, but we need to allow more Mexicans and terrorists to overrun our southern border into California and other border states? WTF?


3 posted on 06/11/2013 5:17:32 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Until after the quake, such effort is pissing in the ocean


4 posted on 06/11/2013 5:18:29 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: rarestia
"Isn’t Rand supporting the “Gang of Eight” Amnesty Bill?"

No he is not supporting the gang of 8 bill.

5 posted on 06/11/2013 5:22:47 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been offically denied)
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I stand corrected. Thank you.


6 posted on 06/11/2013 5:24:50 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Delusional.

LLS


7 posted on 06/11/2013 5:25:35 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: rarestia

Your are welcome.


8 posted on 06/11/2013 5:28:02 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been offically denied)
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To: SeekAndFind

Says the pol about to vote for the gang of ocho bill.


9 posted on 06/11/2013 5:29:30 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: rarestia

Ah... no. Just yesterday he signaled his ‘possibility’ to vote for it. So if that isn’t acceptance, it sure isn’t rejection either.


10 posted on 06/11/2013 5:31:10 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

Ha ha ha - fat chance.


11 posted on 06/11/2013 5:32:02 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: SeekAndFind
National defense is the primary job of the federal government.

Finally...someone who understands that the Constitution defines the obligations of the federal government as the provider of social overhead capital. (See Charles Beard's classic: An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution.) Basically, this means national defense (i.e., a standing military), the protection of property rights (i.e., a legal system), and other items private markets won't or can't provide (i.e., regulation of air waves). This gov't has over-stepped its reach so far, our Founding Father wouldn't even recognize it. I will never think it's right to take my tax dollars and give it to some deadbeat so she can buy a cell phone.

"Splain it to me, Lucy."

12 posted on 06/11/2013 5:32:05 AM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is a shame to have such a beautiful state to go to the dogs like California has..


13 posted on 06/11/2013 5:35:51 AM PDT by PLD (Life is short...forgive quickly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably¬Ö and never regret anything that)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no retrieving California... ever. That is as absolute a conquest of territory as can be seen in this country.


14 posted on 06/11/2013 5:37:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: SeekAndFind

CA has passed the tipping point and cannot be saved.


15 posted on 06/11/2013 5:38:11 AM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: SeekAndFind
If such is the "key to the future" then there isn't any future.

Try again, Rand.

16 posted on 06/11/2013 5:38:40 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Runt Paul is a moron.

There is a reason Liberaltarians never win anything, anywhere.

Their fiscal plank is rejected by liberals, and their social issue plank is rejected by conservatives.

All they can win over are young college age potheads with a mind full of mush.

17 posted on 06/11/2013 5:46:29 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the headline writer is taking some liberties with the text of Paul’s piece, as it is mostly just his standard position statement.

That said, California will utterly reject Rand’s constitutionally limited small government message as surely as the bulk of the GOPe has done. And, it appears, as most of FR has done.


18 posted on 06/11/2013 5:54:02 AM PDT by RugerMini14
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To: SeekAndFind

The only peopel that are “retrieving” California ia the ones from the nationof Mexico... Hispanic majority by the end of this year... Mexafornia reintegrates with mexico a whole lot more likely than any republican getting elected.


19 posted on 06/11/2013 5:55:54 AM PDT by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: SeekAndFind

NOT by bringing in a bazillion Mehhhiccccanns, we won’t.


20 posted on 06/11/2013 6:02:01 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The British are coming--to TAKE OUR GUNS"--Paul Revere)
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