Mainstream News Confused by Rand Paul Working to Lower Drug Related Minimum Offenses
By Mark Sappenfield
Something peculiar happened in D.C. this week – beyond the peculiarities that have become standard operating procedure in the Capitol, at least. Republicans proposed to cooperate with Democrats and no one made a much of a peep. The prospect of Republicans and Democrats cooperating, of course, has become so unusual as to seem fantastical – as though “bipartisanship” last roamed the earth with the wooly mammoths and men in mukluks.
… Yet this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont joined forces on a bill that would promote a top law-enforcement priority of President Obama. Yes, that Rand Paul.
The bill would help ease mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. The rationale, from Senator Paul’s perspective, is simple: The United States is spending too much money to incarcerate people who are not a serious threat to society. In other words, it’s all about big government and American liberty. And some Democrats – the most liberal kind, actually – happen to agree for their own reasons.
What the media fails to understand about people like Rand Paul is that they are not “far right extremists”, they are liberty promoting constitutionalists. However, that will not stop the mainstream news media from trying to convince uninformed Americans its the other way around.