Senator Rand Paul Calls Out Mitch McConnell for Undermining President Trump…

Senator Rand Paul delivers a righteous speech supporting President Trump’s decision to begin removing the US military from the Middle East, and calling out Mitch McConnell and the UniParty for undermining the president.   Rand is fired up. MUST WATCH:

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268 Responses to Senator Rand Paul Calls Out Mitch McConnell for Undermining President Trump…

  1. Michael in Dublin says:

    Four crucial questions which journalists avoid:

    Who is producing the weapons?
    Who is financing the weapons?
    Which banks are involved with the financial transactions?
    Which politicians are benefiting financially from the supply of these weapons?

    Publicly naming and shaming these people will be a good start to cutting off the sources that feed wars and kicking out the warmonger politicians.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Alex50 says:

    Money talks. The uniparty is paid for and bought by lobbyists. President Trump and Senator Paul are are existential threats to the “Big Club”.

    Liked by 19 people

    • Toenail says:

      Why did Rand Paul fail to vote against the senate resolution demanding that President Trump keep troops actively engaged in perpetual war? Is Rand another hiding swamp rat that will only support his version of the truth?

      Liked by 3 people

    • Old Codger says:

      Don’t pull your punches!!!!!

      It’s Tom Donahue and the US Chamber of Commerce, the Multi-nationals’ Butt-Boy who is doing this!!!

      It’s well past time to name names! And take action!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Zippy says:

      “The uniparty is paid for and bought by lobbyists.”

      I am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you that this could be so! Mmmmm, not really:

      Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens
      Princeton University, 2014


      A great deal of empirical research speaks to the policy influence of one or another set of actors, but until recently it has not been possible to test these contrasting theoretical predictions against each other within a single statistical model. We report on an effort to do so, using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.

      Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

      In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.

      …the preferences of economic elites (as measured by our proxy, the preferences of “affluent” citizens) have far more independent impact upon policy change than the preferences of average citizens do. To be sure, this does not mean that ordinary citizens always lose out; they fairly often get the policies they favor, but only because those policies happen also to be preferred by the economically-elite citizens who wield the actual influence.”

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  3. Alex50 says:

    Money talks. The uniparty is paid for and bought by lobbyists. President Trump and Senator Paul are are existential threats to the “Big Club”.

    Liked by 7 people

  4. Pyrthroes says:

    After 18 years from 2001, surely this Afghan affray is ‘way past expiration date. As Trump makes plain, the U.S. derives no benefit from directly prosecuting proxy wars. To the extent K Street interests mix with scurrilous Rat payouts, this Deep State Uniparty’s “perpetual conflict” is an Orwellian exercise in divide-and-rule with no discernible upside whatsoever.

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    • Zippy says:

      Afghanistan is all about this:

      U.S. Geopolitics: Afghanistan and the Containment of China
      by Joseph E. Fallon


      U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is an example of a great power fighting a guerrilla war in pursuit of geopolitical objectives greater than simply the defeat of a local insurgency. It is the return of “The Great Game”, where the U.S. and its rivals, Russia and China, seek influence in Afghanistan as a means of securing the resources of Central Asia in particular, petroleum and pipelines. If the U.S. wins, Russia and China remain lesser powers. If Russia or China wins, the U.S. confronts a formidable rival with potential to disrupt the projection of American power. This article will focus on one rival, China. First, it will discuss the U.S. conception of geopolitics emphasizing the importance of the work of Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski [i]. Second, it will examine key U.S. objectives in Afghanistan. Third, it will analyze the principle instruments pursued by the U.S. to contain China. Fourth, it will assess China’s counter moves. Fifth, it will conclude with an evaluation of U.S. policy in both the short-term and the long-term.

      “Joseph E. Fallon is a Middle East/North Africa and Central/South Asia researcher and analyst. He is currently a Cultural Intelligence Analyst for Saber Teams and a guest lecturer at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management at Wright-Patterson AFB and the Cultural Knowledge Consortium at Ft. Leavenworth. Formerly, he was a Cultural Awareness Instructor for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Ft. Huachuca, AZ.”


      • annbanisher says:

        “…U.S. conception of geopolitics emphasizing the importance of the work of Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski”
        The same Zbig who was responsible for getting us in Afghanistan in the first place?
        The same Zbig who was responsible for PURPOSEFULLY deserting the US ally Iran and being the godfather of the Islamic revolution?
        Sorry if I don’t trust a word that man says.


  5. wps2018 says:

    Young couple next door. The husband is a Reservist and was just re-deployed to Afghanistan. Spoke to his wife over the fence, and she totally agrees with President Trump and Sen. Paul, it’s past time to get out of that mess. Time to bring the boys home.

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    • hoghead says:

      My neighbor of a decade ago was Navy, and sent to Afcrapastan. He said the same thing to me that RP quoted, “We’re fighting them there, so we don’t have to fight them here.”

      “Tim, they’re already here, thousands of them. No, they aren’t shooting up shopping malls or schools. Yet. They’re awaiting their imam’s orders. How’d they get here? They tap danced across our former border with Mexico.”

      He couldn’t answer me.

      We’ve been there for seventeen years; we can be there for a hundred seventy years. Eventually, we will leave, and the Afghans will still be there, as they have been for millennia. I’d rather see those guys here on OUR border, defending it (and I suspect they would rather be doing that too).

      Liked by 17 people

      • Old Codger says:

        And 15 years ago, there was hardly a soldier in IRAQ who didn’t proclaim he was fighting in IRAQ because Saddam Hussein attacked the WTC!!!

        Such are the LIES of the Globalists, such as the Bush Crime Family and their ally, the Clinton Crime Family!


  6. Akindole says:

    We do this in order to slow down aggression. We do this to increase the confidence of the brave people of South Vietnam who have bravely born this brutal battle for so many years with so many casualties. And we do this to convince the leaders of North Vietnam-and all who seek to share their conquest-of a simple fact: We will not be defeated. We will not grow tired. We will not withdraw either openly or under the cloak of a meaningless agreement.

    Lyndon B. Johnson (Burn in Hell)

    That worked out well.
    It always has.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Thinker says:

      After the Vietnam was there were thousands of helicopters to be shipped back to the US. This would have created an enormous surplus of helicopters. Helicopter manufacturers would have had no more demand for medical helicopters, police helicopters, etc. So they got orders to push them overboard off the carriers into the ocean. Who gave the order– President Lyndon Johnson. Who was a major stakeholder in Bell Helicopters– Lady Bird Johnson. No you know.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Bruce Fauth says:

        I don’t think so. Maybe they did that with the choppers but it would have to have been in the Nixon or Ford regime. Things were still pretty heavy in ‘Nam in Jan ’69 when Lyndon left office.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Muthaucker says:

        Uh, no, that’s not what that picture depicts. That helicopter was on a one-way trip to freedom and was pushed over the side to make room for another. Google USS Kirk…


      • emeraldcoaster says:

        Vietnam-era aircrews groaned when the Hughes OH-6 “Loach” was replaced by the Bell OH-58. Rumblings then were the administration directed the move, but Hughes likely killed their own program (circa1969) through contract cost issues. A pity because the Loach was very popular among the fliers, particularly for it’s survivability. Took my first rotary-wing flight in a Hughes 500C…like getting your first car ride in a Porsche Carrera.


    • Pale rider says:

      So nam was the test project. I see the addictions of these people to war.


  7. MaineCoon says:

    How do they look the wonderful 2-term FL-R Congressman Brian Mast in the eyes and explain their vote?

    Liked by 11 people

    • Lindenlee says:

      Mast is not “wonderful”. He is a political climber just like Rubio. He is a coward on immigration. He talks out of both sides of his mouth, and took $150,000 from Ryan’s “Leadership Fund”. Voted for both the Goodlatte immigration bill last year, but ONLY after he voted for Ryan’s odious bill. He is my rep. I can’t stand him.


      • MaineCoon says:

        My family owns property in his district and I very much like that he’s tackling the sugar industries ruination of the inland waterways, gulf, ocean and marine life with their toxic dumping. DeSantas has joined him in the fight. This is a very big issue in that area. He fights for vets and POTUS spotlighted him in Oval Office with some vet legislation.


  8. TheLastDemocrat says:

    As noted above: “Dems” are supposedly heavily against “war.”

    Let’s see what reaction this move by Trump brings from the “Dems” during and after SOTU.

    Let them grow their poppies, and let us control our border, where their poppies cross the line and bother us, and let us treat our addicted people here, instead of making new cases of PTSD over there. Let Afghanistan get the rest of the world addicted – it will just be easier for us to continue with the world’s strongest economy. Let Russia have their pipeline across Syria; we can outperform them, and Middle East, in the oil bidness.

    This is a huge issue where mainstream American democrats, like me, who believe in the Constitution, and who genuinely believe that there is a role for government in our lives, but not a Communist government, can be peeled off from the cult-minded obedience to the Democratic Socialists.

    Same with Big Banking. Same with media conglomerates. Same with abortion. Same with education.

    The Republican Party could figure out a message and stick to it, and claim middle America for a long long time, or could continue to cozy up to China, Big Business, Poppy-funded CIA war machine, citizens be damned.

    Liked by 13 people

  9. burnett044 says:

    Sundance…thank you for this post.

    Liked by 14 people

  10. Publius2016 says:

    what happened to allowing recess appointments? only takes one Senator, Rand?

    Liked by 9 people

    • Excellent question by P2016. Can anyone answer it?
      First and foremost, Rand is a politician.
      I believe he only supports whatever can get him elected.
      In my opinion he is not 100% behind PDJT.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Publius2016 says:

        he needs to actually do something instead of just talking…

        Liked by 3 people

      • Of course he is not 100% behind POTUS but he has been helpful before & will be helpful again. POTUS has given him respect, entree and has listened to Paul’s ideas and when Paul has seen common ground he has supported POTUS.

        Liked by 2 people

        • cattastrophe says:

          Agree, You’ve explained Rand’s actions precisely. At the present time I trust Rand more than I do McConnell even though I don’t agree with everything Rand believes.

          This may not be true but I feel Rand learned a horrible lesson when he was attacked by his coward neighbor and that is President Trump is our only hope against the viciousness of the Democrat death party. I think in his case it changed the business as usual attitude to many in the Senate have had for a long time.

          Liked by 3 people

      • De Oppresso Liber says:

        McConnell refuses to place the senate into recess for that very specific reason. If the senate is never officially in recess, there can be no recess appointments. He needs to be gotten rid of one way or another…..among others.

        Liked by 1 person

    • oldschool64 says:

      Sorry Publius, I posted a long winded post just under yours about this. So true!


  11. I have always admired Rand Paul’s common sense, compassion and ability to get the message out there. It’s hard to believe this guy is a successful politician, he’s in a league of his own.

    Yet we know that the Tree House is one of the few places where his amazing speech will be publicized. 99% of the people who look at any kind of media will never see it.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Abel says:

      he was the crucial endorsement for chinese mitch’s re-election. I like him too, but hes often unwilling to make the stand that counts when needed. His father was similar. He is likeable and logical. He just normally is on the side of the globalists.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Abel- I am very sad to hear that.


        • Zaza says:

          It was quid pro quo Clarice, the two Kentucky state Repubs “sticking together” but he knows exactly who Mitch McCuckle is, they are not in agreement beyond covering for each other on the home front.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Could it be the devil you know is better than the other guy standing for the position?


      • Yy4u says:

        Maybe he was fooled by Mitch as POTUS was fooled by Ryan when Ryan lied and told him IF he didnt veto the spending bill, he RYAN would fund the border wall. I dont think any of us understood how deep the uniparty deception was until Sonald J Trump pulled back the curtain by running. It was supposed to be Hillary vs Bush or Bush Jr (liddle Marco). Not sure even a strong a man as POTUS can defeat Dems, Ersatz Republicans, DOJ, FBI, CIA, Bureaucracy, Media, courts. The losers are us, the American people.

        Liked by 3 people

      • covfefe999 says:

        Abel, I think if you look back you’ll see that Rand Paul changed quite a bit after Trump was elected. He has not been McConnell’s buddy since then, in fact he’s been openly critical of McConnell.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Paul’s “change” is just one among many. The thing is, we are, with Trump’s overturning the political system, in a situation of “too many chiefs, not enough indians”. Every man out for himself (like Ryan, and Romney). Everybody is openly critical of everybody else, making them all worthless to us.


      • elizabethross1776 says:

        Rand Paul is the *exact opposite* of a Globalist. He’s a small-government, small-l-libertarian, free-market Constitutionalist. One of the very few in Congress. He stands for the Constitution and the rule of law, not particular individuals—except when they also support the principles on which the USA was founded.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Zaza says:

          It’s annoying when the deep state establishment RepubliCONS trash people like the Pauls for not buying the wmd hysteria and false flag “gas attacks” that have been proven OVER AND OVER to be nothing but fake news.

          Even the Bush family now jokes about the wmd propaganda they used as a basis to kill 100s of thousands and push the regime change in the mid-east. Sadly the republiCONS supporters would rather keep their heads in the deep states A*S than breath the free air.


      • elizabethross1776 says:

        Abel, Rand Paul is the *exact opposite* of a Globalist. He’s a small-government, small-l-libertarian/conservative, free-market Constitutionalist. One of the very few in Congress. He stands for the Constitution and the rule of law, not particular individuals—except when they also support the principles on which the USA was founded. And if I remember correctly, Rand endorsed McConnell when McConnell was running unopposed (Bevin got into the race very late). Not endorsing the senior Senator from your home state, who also happened to be the Senate Minority Leader at the time, would have been politically suicidal for a newly-elected junior Senator.

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        • Zaza says:

          Another “fake news” argument the republiCONS use is THE LIE that libertarians are anarchists who are for “open borders” this is simply not even remotely true and anyone who stopped to put a little thought into it would understand why. You cannot “own” your own property if a hoard of foreign interlopers are allowed to simply walk in and squat on your land. There are very few actual legitimate jobs on the Federal Government, but defending the nations actual boundaries is one of those jobs.


    • Daniel says:

      Says the right things. Does the wrong things.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Disgusted says:

      Very true, sadly. My beloved younger sister, very lib!, thought maybe she could turn my thinking around yesterday by sending me a NYT (as IF!) article about the actions taken yesterday against the wishes of President Trump! Sure I read it to know what was in it(!) and this morning after seeing/hearing Rand Paul’s speech, I ofered to forward it as a rebuttle for her NYT article, but only if she wanted to hear the other other point of view. Did she want me to forward it to her? Of course NOT. she said No! Sad to say.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Disgusted- it is sad that our liberal/ leftist relative refuse to engage in an honest debate with us about politics. And when they do, they have their own “facts” that are really propaganda. At least that’s the way it is in my family.


    • Mark B Smith says:

      Before President Trump became the nominee, I voted for Rand in the primary, because he’s an M.D., libertarian, and speaks clearly, without two sidedness coming out of his mouth. I absolutely believe he hated running for President, and won’t try again, but I think he and VSGTrump have good communication and a mutually beneficial relationship.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Zaza says:

        I KNOW Rand hated the part where the average candidate has to grovel for the cash from the big money power brokers, it’s one of the reasons our election process and political system is so broken.


  12. Right to reply says:

    I wonder how many shares Mitch has in Lockheed!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. TwoLaine says:

    Listen very carefully…


    • TwoLaine says:

      The elites do not care about your children, grandchildren, fathers, brothers, uncles, nephews, mothers, sisters, aunts and nieces. They don’t care about you. You are expendable. They replace you every day with illegal foreigners and their babies and twice on Saturday and Sunday.

      President TRUMP should move to make military service mandatory again and see how well that will go over with the citizens of this nation.

      Congress would prefer to slaughter all of them for their greed.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      When it comes to man in his natural state,

      “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
      There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”

      Isn’t this what ‘history’ teaches us?

      It looks like “deja vu all over again”.

      What to do? Well, “making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”

      So, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

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  14. oldschool64 says:

    I like Rand, but here’s the thing, the President for over 2 years has not been able to make recess appointments because not a single US Senator has refused to vote in pro-forma sessions. These pro-forma sessions are what prevent the Senate from officially entering a recess, thus keeping Trump from making recess appointments. It only takes one Senator to vote NO! It may well be the worst scam McConnel has going!

    Again, speeches are all well and good, but until Rand allows the President through his vote to exercise the powers granted to him by the Constitution, then he’s just part of the problem.

    C’mon Rand, be a Constitutionalist.

    Liked by 18 people

    • dd_sc says:

      Unfortunately, I think Senator Paul views the recess appointments as circumventing the Senate’s role in the confirmation process – and therefore, views himself as being a Constitutionalist. Democrats are using every rule to stall, and McConnell hides behind the 60 vote rules every chance he gets, but the Uniparty is playing by the Senate rules.

      Situations like these are where is principles get in the way of him actually doing the right thing.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mimbler says:

        Except the 60 vote rule is not in the constitution. You may be right, but IMO it isn’t his principles keeping him voting against recessing the Senate.

        Liked by 6 people

      • An American says:

        dd_sc, IMO, you got it backwards…”the Uniparty is playing by the Senate rules”. It is actually, the Senate is playing by the Uniparty rules, bought and paid for I might add.

        Liked by 8 people

      • Lindenlee says:

        The recess clause, properly understood, was designed to allow the President to fill a position when someone died and left a vacant position, back in the days when special elections and the time to traverse overland to DC took many months, more than was practicable. It allowed the LIMITED government to function UNTIL THE NEXT TEEM OF CONGRESS. and thn it expired.

        This is another area where the DS expanded this power into something that would be unrecognizable by our Founders. My point being that Rand would do well to make a speech, or mention in a Fox interview, to expose this. In him or Cruz or Lee not mentioning this, they are actually denying the President his constitutional right to fill a vacancy as needed. Someone who is a constituent shoukd point this out to him.

        Otherwise, he is as complicit as Turtle. Pisses me off.


  15. Coast says:

    The passion and strength of this speech is what I want to see tonight from President Trump. Call them out….speak the truth….DON’T HOLD BACK.


  16. I wonder how many of these bastards were in attendance to hear Rand Paul’s speak the truth.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Breener says:

    Trump should pick Paul for his 2020 running mate

    Liked by 1 person

  18. bakocarl says:

    “Democrats desiring to murder born alive babies is a whole new level of satanic evil.

    Americans are beginning to comprehend mainstream media’s unprecedented intense hatred for Trump and his voters. They see fake news media’s 24-7 lies to stop Trump’s America first agenda and to remove him from office. Even some in Trump’s own party are colluding with his enemies.

    Americans realize that Trump is the only wall between We the People and leftists’ anti-Christian, anti-American, and anti-morality tyranny.

    Only almighty God can protect Trump. This is why so many Americans feel divinely led to pray for president Trump. Please keep our president in your prayers.”

    Liked by 6 people

  19. G. Combs says:

    WHY WAR???


    WHO volunteers? – ALPHA patriots….
    If you are on the battle field, you are NOT getting married and having a passel of ALPHA children.

    When you come back you are
    MENTALLY messed up….

    you are likely NOT going to get married and have a passel of ALPHA children.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Old Codger says:

      “THEIR poppies?” The Taliban wants to wipe out the poppies; the US troops defend those poppy fields for benefit of scum like the Bush Crime Family! (How do you think GHWB got his nickname, “poppie?”)


      • joshashland says:

        Old Codger, Not sure about the nickname, but if you look at poppy production in Afghanistan after GWB it soared. CIA poppy?
        Congressional poppy?
        Presidential poppy?
        But since 2001 it has steadily increased by great margins.


    • Lindenlee says:

      Wow…..Very astute.


  20. Sigh2016 says:

    Now the ABC Nightly News Afghanistan piece (of filth) by David Muir last night makes perfect sense! I knew they were up to something—always are—but, hello!


  21. Gunner says:

    Sorry, Rand Paul is a politician…absolutely no different than Mitch McConnell. As a former great President once said, ‘trust, but verify’.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Zaza says:

      Rand is the only one in congress with the guts to stand up and JUST SAY NO to your republikooks war profiteering. He is SO VERY different than Mitch McCuckle, if only you opened your eyes you could see the real world behind the facade your establishment global news blinded you with.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Gunner says:

        Wow, how do you really feel? You got your opinions; I got mine. And for what it’s worth, my eyes are wide open. So, how ’bout we just agree to disagree. We good?


        • Zaza says:

          Enjoy your fake wars for freedom and globalist republicon liars…

          if you can sleep with that, then that’s on you.


          • Gunner says:

            …sleeping real well…and I fought in a couple of what you call ‘fake’ wars and helped bury some real good folks, so please tread carefully.

            You keep ramblin’…I’m done with you.

            Liked by 1 person

            • Zaza says:

              Good, keep believing your fake news and the redstate radio liars that defend garbage globalists like the Bushies you seem to worship. More than done with you too pal.


  22. G. Combs says:

    Who is Rand Paul???

    He told us where he stands during the 2016 campaign:

    As I said before I think Rand Paul’s stand on the Trans Pacific Partnership suicidal for the USA and his view of China truly bizarre. Or is he on board the globalist train?

    The New American: Rand Paul to Obama: “Prioritize” Passage of Trans-Pacific Partnership

    …Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a man whose personal popularity and political fortunes have increased in direct proportion to his spreading of his libertarian-leaning ideals, has now publicly embraced the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an unprecedented sovereignty surrender masquerading as a multi-national trade pact…..

    Los Angles Times: Rand Paul drops the mic on Donald Trump over China’s participation in trade deal


    That was the implied sound effect Tuesday night as Sen. Rand Paul casually reminded Donald Trump about China’s lack of participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sweeping trade deal among the U.S. and 11 other countries. Trump had been on a tear, railing about how the deal was “a disaster” and saying China was the “No. 1 abuser” of the U.S….
    Paul was the only person who seemed to know the basics of the trade deal, which has returned to the headlines in recent days as the full text of the complex deal was released.

    Rand Paul, IF he had actually read that damn treaty should have know it is very easy to ADD another country and the ‘No China” gambit was the exact same chess move Clinton played to get the World Trade Organization treaty ratified. Then Clinton worked his rump off to get China added a few years later. </b.

    Is Rand really that dumb? Or is he FOR CHINA?

    China trade improves economy AND makes fight less likely
    When I was about ten years old, like many conservative middle-class families, our inclination was to resist anything to do with Red China. In that black and white world, you were either for us or against us. Trade with China was thought to be trade with the enemy. A funny thing happened, though, along the way. Many conservatives came to understand a larger truth. As trade began to blossom with China, many conservatives, myself included, came to admit that trade improves our economic well-being AND makes us less likely to fight. The success of trade with China made many conservatives rethink their view of the world. — Rand Paul

    So yeah, it looks like Rand is FOR CHINA.

    This is paragraph is straight out of the Progressive play book on Interdependence one of Al Gore’s favorite issues. SEE: Dale C. Copeland, “Economic Interdependence and War: A Theory of Trade Expectations,” International Security, Vol. 20, no.4 (Spring 1996) for exactly how dangerous Interdependence is.

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    • Zaza says:

      China has been the source of cheap electronics for so long now that if we stopped all trade with them the consumer market would go dry in many areas for things like basic computer parts.

      The globalist RepubliCONS all called him a kook-isolationist for being against their rampant war profiteering but love him if he goes along with their trade plans.

      Mean while your FREE TRADE shouting nonsense RepubliKooks like Mark fathead Levin claim we should give China the kitchen sink in the name of FREE TRADE FREE TRADE FREE TRADE. Same ole same ole, Establishment traitors branding Rand a “nutjob” because he isn’t the total sellout that they are.

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      • Lindenlee says:

        I think Rand is often blinded to reality by some of the more bizarre of his dad’s political philosophy, this being one (the “free trade” boondoggle). We no longer have any free trade, it is all “managed trade”…By the globalists.


  23. Daniel says:

    I look at it in a very different way. Trump was elected in small part because some people believed his intentions of Making America Great Again. I believe in that too. However, there’s another component, and I believe the most significant component, which is the public giving the system the biggest “f-u” ever seen through Trump. Roger Moore nailed it when he came right out and said it.

    If you think the BS proceedings are going to hurt Trump, you’re mistaken. What will (and does) hurt Trump, is to see him somehow ‘give in’ to the opposition.

    We elected him and we have seen that he has delivered on a great many important things. But the most important reason so many came to vote for Trump was the ridiculous and bizarre manner in which they all piled onto Trump. It didn’t really seem warranted unless you had some understanding of how the system works.

    Attempting to impeach Trump would, in my view, guarantee re-election. No president of the US has been removed because of impeachment. Bill Clinton was impeached. Not removed from office. And in my estimation, if he could have had a third election, he would have been re-elected.

    Impeachment is the “F-U Trump” from the establishment. The people will largely respond to the establishment with “No, F-U!” And we’ve been seeing a growing number of people looking to displace career politicians in both parties. And that’s great for us because the people on the Democrat side are even worse than those they are trying to replace. (And my personal theory on why Pelosi is acting like a blithering fool is because she too fears being replaced by a much younger and more energetic idiot! So her response is to become very radicalized.)

    My advice to you is to recognize the state of reality we’re in. The media has completely destroyed itself. The public approval of congress is steady but low. The public generally accepts they don’t like things but doesn’t know what to do about it. And while I don’t trust polls on president Trump’s approval, it’s still noticeably higher than that of Congress.

    Increasingly, people on the left are starting to realize they are actually doing better under Trump. And many are going to realize that “going back to the way it was or worse” is not the right vote to make in this case.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. bandit says:

    I think Rand has been pretty decent supporting the President. I have a different take on McConnell’s duplicity. I think him using the Senate to screw DJT of getting out of the wars is just a cover for the big battle. Emergency or whatever powers DJT will use to fund the wall. It is a subtle threat and opening salvo on the upcoming wall battle. The GOP has been able to hide, sabotage, and generally undermine any wall legislation for years. They talk about it . They throw out BS bills knowing they won’t go through Congress. In other words, hide! Ryan’s goal in staying in his seat this last year was to run interference for wall or immigration reform. The ball is in McConnell’s court now. If they vote against or block the emergency funding, they have been exposed for all to see! There is panic in the GOP caucus right now. Gragham knows it and has spoken about how it will fracture the party. I’m afraid the old guard does not care! The COC has them by the short and curly’s and Trump is forcing their hand. Half the GOP would not mind if Trump was impeached if it assured them they would not have to through the donor’s under the bus. It’s depressing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lindenlee says:

      Am I alone is speculating that an emergency situation would be changing a number of things other than the wall? Read Obamas EO of March 2012, and note the scope of it…It covers almost eveeything. What if it covered an emergency provision to pay off our Chinese debt with US Treasury notes? What if…?


  25. Bruce_Dern's_Finger says:

    I suspect that those U.S. Slime-ators that voted in favor of Turtle’s unResolved Resolution are the ones profiting form the CIA (Covert Institution of Assassinations)-protected poppy fields.

    – Posted By a Viet Nam Military Veteran

    Liked by 1 person

  26. tommyd22 says:

    Sen. Rand Paul. FrontRunner 2024.
    Take that to the bank.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Doug says:

    Im herr for rand in 2024 and to be frank if trump was smart should replace pence with rand in 2020 or offer to tulsi gabbard

    Liked by 1 person

  28. 335blues says:

    I will wager that not a single one of the senators who came up with this
    have a son or daughter deployed to these shiiteholes of death.
    They are so generous with the lives of other people’s children.
    Send the board of the chamber of ‘commerce’ over there to fight.
    18 years is long enough.

    Liked by 3 people

  29. Marc says:

    Can anyone post a link to the video? It refuses to load on CTH on some reason…


  30. NoFixedAddress says:

    The only way to stop the war in Afghanistan is to completely strip bomb the stinking hellhole off the face of the Earth and make sure that no foul other country gets in there.

    It would take 2 weeks.



    • G. Combs says:

      That is what I was saying yesterday. Remove all ground troops and BOMB the crap out of the poppy fields and any other fields then broad cast salt so nothing grows for years!


  31. 4EDouglas says:

    Ford o’ Kabul River-Rudyard Kipling

    Kabul town’s by Kabul river —
    Blow the trumpet, draw the sword —
    There I lef’ my mate for ever,
    Wet an’ drippin’ by the ford.
    Ford, ford, ford o’ Kabul river,
    Ford o’ Kabul river in the dark!
    There’s the river up and brimmin’, an’ there’s ‘arf a squadron swimmin’
    ‘Cross the ford o’ Kabul river in the dark.

    Kabul town’s a blasted place —
    Blow the trumpet, draw the sword —
    ‘Strewth I shan’t forget ‘is face
    Wet an’ drippin’ by the ford!
    Ford, ford, ford o’ Kabul river,
    Ford o’ Kabul river in the dark!
    Keep the crossing-stakes beside you, an’ they will surely guide you
    ‘Cross the ford o’ Kabul river in the dark.

    Kabul town is sun and dust —
    Blow the trumpet, draw the sword —
    I’d ha’ sooner drownded fust
    ‘Stead of ‘im beside the ford.
    Ford, ford, ford o’ Kabul river,
    Ford o’ Kabul river in the dark!
    You can ‘ear the ‘orses threshin’, you can ‘ear the men a-splashin’,
    ‘Cross the ford o’ Kabul river in the dark.

    Kabul town was ours to take —
    Blow the trumpet, draw the sword —
    I’d ha’ left it for ‘is sake —
    ‘Im that left me by the ford.
    Ford, ford, ford o’ Kabul river,
    Ford o’ Kabul river in the dark!
    It’s none so bloomin’ dry there; ain’t you never comin’ nigh there,
    ‘Cross the ford o’ Kabul river in the dark?

    Kabul town’ll go to hell —
    Blow the trumpet, draw the sword —
    ‘Fore I see him ‘live an’ well —
    ‘Im the best beside the ford.
    Ford, ford, ford o’ Kabul river,
    Ford o’ Kabul river in the dark!
    Gawd ‘elp ’em if they blunder, for their boots’ll pull ’em under,
    By the ford o’ Kabul river in the dark.

    Turn your ‘orse from Kabul town —
    Blow the trumpet, draw the sword —
    ‘Im an’ ‘arf my troop is down,
    Down an’ drownded by the ford.
    Ford, ford, ford o’ Kabul river,
    Ford o’ Kabul river in the dark!
    There’s the river low an’ fallin’, but it ain’t no use o’ callin’
    ‘Cross the ford o’ Kabul river in the dark.

    Nothing has changed. No one wins in Afghanistan.
    No one -unless you”pull back and nuke it from orbit..”


    • G. Combs says:

      There is NOTHING to recommend Afghanistan.

      They are 99% muslim.
      They marry their first cousins
      They have genetic defects up the wazoo
      They have LOWERED IQ
      They RAPE little boys and little girls

      So either get the heck OUT or BOMB THEM BACK TO THE STONE AGE…. Oh wait they never LEFT the stone age.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Zaza says:

      Unfortunately there are a lot of Americans who have bought the false bill of goods that somehow it is patriotic to GO TO WAR in the mid-east and fight the Rooskie encroachment.

      Then it’s all “just a big joke” when we find out the entire WMD charade was fabricated nonsense by the good ole CIA, ie Daddy Bushs club of traitors cohorts.

      So much fun watching DUMBYA BUSH making fun of his non-existing WMDs at the WH press corp dinner:

      It’s all OK THOUGH we got our war anyway.


    • Piggy says:

      This made me think of Dr. Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories.

      Watson was wounded in Afghanistan and had a permanent limp.

      Afghanistan should be razed.

      Liked by 1 person

  32. Pokey says:

    What does the US Chamber of Commerce ever do for Main Street businesses? Who is financing this Chamber albatross beyond the customers of huge corporations? These Republicans are the most pathetic bunch of “useful idiots” that I have ever seen. Democraps are laughing because these idiots are helping the Socialist/Fascist takeover of our country.
    We live in a country that is so corrupt at all government levels that nothing short of a revolution will be required to fix it. Since the vast majority of this country were raised in the era of Corrupt Government the people will not know how to replace this malignancy with anything else. The country is truly fubar!


    • Zaza says:

      “What does the US Chamber of Commerce ever do for Main Street businesses?”

      pay lip service and then blow the Walmart family, Arthur Blank etc…


  33. Mr. T. says:

    I, like so many others, are so sick and tired of sending off our young men and women to fight never ending wars, and especially ones that are micromanaged by politicians instead of our military’s leaders. Apparently our politicians never learned a damn thing about the failures in Korea and especially Vietnam. I agree with President Trump and Senator Paul, the USA needs to get out of the nation building business. We have serious problems going on right here at home that need to be addressed.

    As for Afghanistan, if the government, and that includes the Afghan military, doesn’t want to defend their own country from the combatants within, then why the hell should we? We saw this happen in Iraq, when Iraq’s cowardly troops not only turned tail and ran in battle, but they left behind military assets including vehicles, weapons and ammunition, that ISIS captured and then used against the Iraqi people. Billions of dollars and thousands of troops later, our troops had to go back into Iraq and even go into Syria, to lead the charge against wiping out ISIS. Thank goodness we have a great President who has the good sense to let the military leaders on the battlefield run their operations, instead of micromanaging it like previous administrations have done for years.

    I understand the reasons for invading Afghanistan in 2001. As Senator Paul stated, our mission there has been accomplished. Our military destroyed the terrorist training camps, killing many of the terrorists, as well as many of their leaders. Our military also successfully hunted down and killed bin Laden. Time to pull out. If they start back up again, then we have the air power to take out any future terrorist training camps that may be built, without sending in thousands of troops and once again needlessly putting them in harm’s way. Also, has it ever occurred to our government, that the quickest way to get the attention of the Afghani people, is to start burning their poppy fields? Burn a few of them with the threat of burning ALL OF THEM, and watch how fast we get their attention to make them fall in line.

    As for Iraq, we never should have invaded that country in 2003. General Tommy Franks, the jackass idiot who oversaw the invasion, should have been court-martialed. When battle plans are drawn up, those plans include what the military needs to do when it moves from an invading military to an occupying one. Once our military successfully took over Iraq, the Iraqi citizens began to revolt against their former repressive government, damaging or destroying much of the government infrastructure within the country, infrastructure that was needed in order to continue to provide services to the Iraqi people. While the Iraqi people were destroying that government infrastructure, our troops, our armed troops, were present on the streets doing nothing, as they were given orders to stand down. When General Franks was asked why our military wasn’t protecting that government infrastructure, he stated they are soldiers, not policemen. Really? Well, while we were invading and capturing towns and cities throughout Europe, as our troops pushed towards Berlin during WW II, our military ALWAYS left behind troops to secure government infrastructure, making sure it wasn’t sabotaged and instead they provided the oversight to make sure utilities were repaired and or kept in service. As a direct result of General Franks dereliction of duty, the replacement and or repairs to all of the damaged or destroyed infrastructure in Iraq cost billions and billions of hard earned US Taxpayer Dollars. Bush 43, and arrogant asshole, Donald Rumsfeld, should both be rotting in prison cells at Fort Leavenworth for the mess they got this country into, and at the great expense of military lives needlessly lost during a war our country never should have started.

    This war mongering insanity in Congress as got to end. McCain, one of the biggest war mongers in Congress is dead, thank God. The rest of the bastards in Congress on both sides of the aisle, who are serving the manufacturers of military hardware at the cost of the military lives lost as well as those permanently scarred for life, is unconscionable. Sure, some jobs may be lost as military contractors lose contracts or downsize due to canceled or decreased government contracts, but that happens when military action is no longer required as a result of the Operations and their Missions ending. Yes, Senator Paul and President Trump are right, time to put an end to this nonsense and bring our troops home.

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  34. Piggy says:

    Afghanistan is about opium and government contracts (nation building).

    We should not be there anymore and we should’ve left a long time ago.

    The idiotic politicians who claim POTUS should listen to the Intel community and themselves are the same losers who actually don’t provide any oversight on those same Intel communities and have let them get out of control.

    Wars should only be fought to keep our peace and to crush the enemy.

    No more Muslim wars.

    No more subsidizing illicit drug trades with tax dollars.

    Very good speech by Paul. All of the politicians who voted with McConnell should be ashamed.


  35. Curt says:

    In a nutshell…. Rand Paul is absolutely correct when he says bring the troops home. These wars are ludicrous. I don’t understand why the people tolerate these NEVER ending wars in the Middle East. Often times I find myself disagreeing with Rand Paul, but this time is no exception. Mitch McConnell’s opposition to troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is just another example of Republican treachery. Abraham Lincoln would be appalled, but he too understood the treachery of his “allies”.
    In all these years nothing has changed………..

    Liked by 3 people

  36. @ChicagoBri says:

    We enable this with our voting, so we did this to ourselves. I cannot change the world, only myself. I will only vote for a maximum of two terms for anybody, I don’t give a darn who they are, or how great they I am told they are. I don’t care if it means a party I don’t support has control for a while. Life goes on regardless.


    • swissik says:

      My motto is: never vote for an incumbent and I follow this for every level from the school board up to federal. I’ve voted for fifty years and have yet to find an incumbent who did a good enough job for me to vote for twice. I’ve yet to make an exception.


  37. ed357 says:

    The “Uni-Party” has to have young Americans fighting and getting killed in a perpetual war…..

    That’s how big business and the Chamber of Commerce make their money and can afford to front money to their political operatives to keep us in war…..

    To make more money……follow the money.

    Liked by 2 people

  38. azchick says:

    You should see how many prayer rugs we find in the desert in southern AZ. BUILD THE DAMN WALL so they won’t come here.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Grassleysgirl/Breitbartista says:

    The Iron Triangle and the War Caucus will prevail…I fear.


  40. Grassleysgirl/Breitbartista says:

    The Iron Triangle and the War Caucus will prevail…I fear.


  41. 2A41A says:

    We have to stay in Afghanistan to encircle Iran and protect Israel. We’re not leaving until we do Iran, and to do that we’ll need more troops. The country is vast.


    • Zaza says:

      “We have to stay in Afghanistan to encircle Iran ”

      Seriously? No really? Maybe you don’t recall 40 years ago when the Shaw of Iran was our presidents BESTIE and we thought the Iranians were really really cool folks.

      Now we have to murder them all because… well just because, apparently Israel can’t feel good about itself if we don’t.

      Just stop with this goddam nonsense .. JUST STOP.


      • 2A41A says:

        I don’t think pre-revolution Iran is pertinent to our present foreign policy. Obama was sympathetic to Iran and Israelis considered him terrible. Israel considers Iran an existential threat.

        I think you’re looking at our foreign policy through a lens of what you’d like. Even Trump as the President doesn’t get what he wants. Maybe Trump will be a “pause” but the politics of the situation over any window of time lean towards war with Iran. You have to also keep in mind how many times we’ve gone to war based on what turn out to be false pretenses. And the prevalence of such tactics within that region.


  42. Sunny D says:

    instead of worrying about the world’s problems, we could end homelessness in this country. That 51 billion dollars per year could be put towards housing, technical schooling, and job training for the homeless.

    Let the rest of the world burn, once it’s ashes we can go take what we need.


  43. Perpetual war and overseas nation building goes hand-in-hand with open borders corporatism and Cultural Marxism. Of course, if we’re going to allow dangerous criminals to flood into the United States, with very little monitoring of illegal aliens coming and going, and with “economic development” policies designed to attract “investment” from Middle Eastern gangsters and Islamists, naturally we’ll have to “kill them over there before they come here.”

    It doesn’t work. We don’t kill nearly enough of them over there – it’s not feasible – and they sure as heck ain’t going to “reform” over there or over here. But it makes sense that the globalists would think that way, since they intend to do no vetting and border control once they get “over here.”


  44. CountryDoc says:

    Laws need to be changed that corporations cannot pay so much. That law makers cannot become so wealthy “representing the people”. DC has become a prostitute district of legislators and swamp rats with no honor and no respect of law. Main street, Blue Collar Joe, as well as graduate professionals need representation again. We have lost our representation, and our sons and daughters are coming back minus arms, legs and with severe brain damage or psychological damage defending what.

    Cold anger turning red. Red MAGA. Red dots. 2nd amendment red. Red dots showing up wherever they turn – to remind them that we are here, and we are not blind, and we are not stupid. Red dots on business cards, red dots in email, delivered in person with eye to eye contact. The more they stray from our constitution and the job we sent them to do, them more red dots they should see.

    To what length do we need to go to restore our representation to people who defend the Constitution, which defends our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? We pledge our lives and sacred honor for that. For a government by the people. Not for the military industrial complex, or fake legislators that are using psychological warfare to get rich off the american taxpayer.


  45. kevin king says:

    All I would say is that Rand Paul would make an exceptional US President.


  46. Zaza says:

    This is one of the most “based” “woke” threads ever posted on the Treehouse, I long ago sickened of the idea that young Americans must come home minus limbs or in coffins because some DC political hack believes “one muslim tribe is better than another”. It’s complete nonsensical garbage, and as we have seen the warhawks of the uniparty like the despicable McCain push for even more death and destruction in place that where relatively stable it became even more obvious that the deep state uniparty was only working for the Mil Industry.

    If you believe in heaven and hell there must certainly be a special place and a HOT one for these lying corrupt SOB politicians that have thrown away the best part of our American wealth, that is our children, for their own greed.


  47. says:

    “It’s a mess and it always has been a mess”… That about sums it up.


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