Rand Paul inherited one of the most enduring, dedicated, and influential Right-wing political movements in modern America. He destroyed it by pandering to the Left, and his presidential campaign is a pathetic shadow of his father's.

Nothing sums up the comedy of errors that is the Rand Paul presidential campaign better than Marx’s quip about history repeating itself first as tragedy, then as farce. Ron Paul was an obscure congressman from Texas who lacked money and political connections, yet he led two influential grassroots presidential campaigns by using the Internet to connect with his supporters. Unfortunately, the GOP establishment was so spooked by the Ron Paul revolutionaries that during the 2012 convention they changed the rules at the last minute to prevent his delegates from being seated.

Ron Paul’s Libertarianism had wide appeal because it was a revolt against both the excesses of the Bush-era neocons, who never saw a war they didn’t like, and the excesses of the Left, whose solution to every problem is to feed the government beast. Additionally, by financing his campaigns with individual contributions, Paul was able to remain independent from the K Street leviathan. While his inability to dress himself and general quirkiness would always handicap him, his successes provided a blueprint for the insurgent campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

With the elder Paul now retired, his son Rand should have been able to grab the baton and take it all the way to the White House. Instead, he’s tripped and fallen flat on his face, and after attending his Iowa 10,000 rally at Drake University in Des Moines, I can immediately see why. Rand Paul has spat in his father’s face in a desperate attempt to cuddle up with the Left—and like every cuckservative attempt to mollify the Marxists, it’s blown up in his face.

Although, to make a (very) mild defense of Sonny Paul, Libertarianism itself has been invaded by social justice warriors. As Leftism becomes increasingly tainted in the eyes of moderates, sneakier Leftoids have begun to rebrand as “left-Libertarians” or “cultural Libertarians.” The liberty movement has also seen an influx of vapid attention whores like Julie Borowski and “Duke porn star” Belle Knox, who attract countless beta orbiters for regurgitating entry-level Rothbard or Mises.

Lest you doubt that the fish is decomposing from the head down, check out this article by a woman claiming that Libertarian men are “disgusting.” You could post it on a feminist website and it would fit right in. In fact, “Libertarian feminism” is a thing now, because an ideology that’s about maximizing individual liberty isn’t enough for these girls.

With these clowns rampaging through Libertarianism like HIV through a Fire Island power bottom, Rand Paul was effectively hobbled right out of the gate. Even still, he could have tapped into his father’s Ludwig von Mises Institute network and built it up into a truly fearsome organization. Instead, he’s chosen to shoot himself in both feet by buddying up with Black race pimps like Al Sharpton in a quixotic quest to build a pan-racial alliance against police brutality.

Expecting Blacks to defect to the GOP over Michael Brown and Eric Garner is like expecting Jews and Muslims to team up because they both hate pork. Libertarianism is and always will be an ideology that appeals primarily to Whites. Poll after poll and election after election show that non-Whites are overwhelmingly in favor of higher taxes, stricter gun laws, and more expansive welfare programs. Rand Paul’s overtures to Leftists haven’t convinced any to take his side, but they’ve turned off Libertarians who might have supported his father in the past.

The rally I went to at Drake was depressing proof of this. It took place in a tiny venue that could only seat about a hundred; there were about a hundred more people who would later pack in and stand at the back. The demographics skewed young, thankfully: suit-wearing popped-collar collective members, geeky hardcore types, and a few chicks. Aside from a few token Asians, the entire crowd was White.

Paul took the stage at three to cheers of “PRESIDENT PAUL! PRESIDENT PAUL!” Beyond the fact that he looks like a little kid playing dress-up in daddy’s clothes, I noticed something else horribly wrong with Rand Paul. Try to see if you can spot it in this video I recorded (I apologize for the low quality):

See the teleprompters on each side of his podium? Rand Paul is the worst public speaker in the presidential race, by a country mile. He has the mannerisms of an autistic kid playing with his own feces; he keeps his eyes glued to the ‘prompters, rarely looks at the crowd, and barely responds to their cheers and jeers. Maybe that explains Paul’s appeal to da yoof: the Obama generation associates staring at a glass pacifier with leadership.

On the other hand, maybe Paul decided to skip Toastmasters because his fans think everything he says is a hoot anyway. The Randinistas cheered so enthusiastically for the man that it felt like I was being inducted into the world’s nerdiest cult. Beyond their spontaneous cries of “PRESIDENT PAUL!” they erupted into spasmodic applause every time he made a point, and when he started talking about auditing the Federal Reserve, the room was taken over with chants of “END THE FED! END THE FED!”

Paul’s flying monkeys were so fanatical that they would devolve into boos and angry screams every time he mentioned one of his opponents—the only time I’ve seen a candidate’s fans do this. In particular, the crowd went apoplectic with rage at Ted Cruz dropping the ball on the Fed and at Donald Trump’s supposed abuses of eminent domain. I’m half-convinced the Randinistas would try to stab the Donald to death with ballpoint pens if their swami so commanded them.

Unfortunately, there won’t be many Rand Paul revolutionaries. The structure of Paul’s speech shows how much he’s kowtowed to the Left. His father’s signature issue of ending the Fed was shuffled to the end, while Paul spent the first few minutes repeating Leftist cant on how fighting our enemies in the Middle East will just make them hate us more. That’s the last thing a nation demoralized by eight years of Obama needs to hear. And when Paul started waxing maudlin about the war on drugs, his pubic-hair mop-top and pothead pandering made him come off like a redneck Justin Trudeau.

Rand Paul’s presidential campaign will pass from the public consciousness as inconsequentially as a mouse fart in an elephant pen. By diluting Ron Paul’s message for the Tumblr crowd, Rand has alienated most of Libertarianism’s core supporters while failing to pry away voters from the Left. The true heir to the Ron Paul revolution is Donald Trump, who’s solved the central problem with Paul’s campaign: his lack of charisma and persuasiveness.

You coulda been a contendah, Rand. You’ve chosen to be a bum.

About The Author

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Matt Forney is a Chicago-based author and journalist. He blogs at MattForney.com and is the author of several books, including Confessions of an Online Hustler. Matt's work has also been featured at Return of Kings, Taki's Magazine, Alternative Right and many other sites, and he also served as the editor of Reaxxion, a gaming website for men.

  • 3RD LT Rico

    Discussion question: When did Libertarianism get so ghey?
    Was it post Ron Paul 2012?
    Cause in the last few current years all the smart edgy White men became part of the Alt Right.

    • GenJackRipper

      Alot of libertarians turned alt right.
      I can count myself as one of them.

      • Kit Ingoldby

        Even Stefan Molyneaux seems to be making baby steps toward the alt right.

        • Ganesh

          Baby steps? Giant leaps.

    • It just proves what everyone has been saying; if you’re not explicitly right-wing you will end up dominated by the left. Libertarianism is now all about muh marijuana and negro appeasement because the ideology is flawed. You need high-trust, like minded individuals for it to be successful but you are not allowed to recognize this because everyone is an individual.

  • What actually destroyed Rand Paul was the impression that he was an all-purpose pandering machine, not just to the left, but also to the worst factions of the conservative war party. This -not the fact that he talked to black people- is what collapsed his credibility with his father’s base of support.

    Go read Justin Raimondo:


  • sth_txs

    He has done a couple good things in the Senate, but overall, he learned from his dad.

  • sth_txs

    He has done a couple good things in the Senate, but overall, he learned nothing from his dad.

  • DavidD

    Long time Ron Paul supporter. I signed up in Sept 2007 to ronpaulforums.com, which was the epicenter for all Ron Paul supporters. Since that time it has become apologist central for Randy.

    I would walk to the ends of the Earth for Ron. For Rand… I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.

    I posted the author’s “The Rand Paul Devolution” article on ronpaulforums.com and was summarily banned within 1 hour. So much for discussion and free speech.

    I am attaching the ban message. Note the “you are part of the problem”.

    Part of the problem? Oh, I guess you mean one of those who realized Rand is not Ron? One of those who believes in free speech?

    Fuck Rand.

    • bear

      “you are part of the problem”. Probably written by that smarmy fat , shit Jesse Benton. A nasty parasite who, prior to his criminal indictments, fancied himself the next Karl Rove.

      • DavidD

        I am of aware of shitbag Benton. I was not aware he was directly involved with RPF on the mod side.

        RPF slid into the abyss… posting totals have dropped and it was clear most of the hardcore Ron Paul people split a long a time ago. I only rarely checked in once every 6 months or so.

        Fuck Rand.

        • DavidD

          Here is an image paste of the ban by the way. It appears Disqus did not allow the attachment.


          • Kit Ingoldby

            Let them enjoy their echo chamber, they sound like a bunch of faggots.

          • Klas2

            You should have posted it in asci rather than in picture. In the future other people will become banned, some of them will google stuff from their ban messages. It would be good if they found their way here when the do that.

  • Richard Freeman

    Trump is not, can not and will never be the heir to the rEVOLution. . . He is the opposite of Dr. Paul. . .
    I’ve read some silly shit in my day but that line takes the cake. . .

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  • Edwin Oslan

    I got rickrolled on Julie Borrowski’s FB page; first of all, I had no idea what this was since I’m not of the tumblr/reddit/4chan generation and had to have it explained to me. She posted a link that Trump had shown FOX what’s what by not attending their debate, but it was pure clickbait and I fell for it. I’m a 31 year old Luddite for cryin’ out loud! So, I responded by conceding my defeat and then attempted to challenge her with a variety of articles from Taki’s or otherwise and she just responded with a bunch of smart ass responses like, “oh, Edwin’s real substantive.” On the plus side, after one of her followers called me butthurt, I told him to not be a Mangina, so that was something.

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  • Ganesh

    I was quite bemused when he accidentally advocated legalizing murder.

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