Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Published on Apr 8, 2015
Sen. Rand Paul unveils his 2016 presidential campaign plans in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative message against both Washington and his fellow Republicans, declaring that we have come to take our country.
Delivering a fiery message from his home state of Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign with a combative address against both Washington and his fellow Republicans,.
Kentucky senator Rand Paul announced Tuesday his plans to run for president in 2016, with the libertarian becoming the second Republican to officially declare his candidacy. 



Rand Paul Officially Announces Presidential Run

by Raven Clabough
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Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has announced Tuesday that he is seeking candidacy for the 2016 presidential election. Paul, whose presidential announcement has been long-anticipated, has also announced the slogan that will define his presidential campaign: “Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American dream.”
Standing before a packed room of diverse attendees at his Galt House hotel rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Paul announced, "I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We have come to take our country back!"
Senator Paul declared his intent to expand the traditional GOP base. “The message of liberty, opportunity and justice is for all Americans, whether you wear a suit, a uniform or overalls, whether you're white or black, rich or poor. Many Americans, though, are being left behind. The reward of work seems beyond their grasp. Under the watch of both parties — the poor seem to get poorer and the rich get richer.”
He also took the opportunity to call out the GOP. "Too often when Republicans have won, we've squandered our victory by becoming part of the Washington machine. That's not who I am," Paul said. “It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame. Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. And it's now tripling under Barack Obama's watch.”
Paul added, "If we nominate a candidate who is simply Democrat-lite, what's the point? Why bother? We need to boldly proclaim our vision for America."
Paul provoked a passionate response from supporters when he criticized Obama’s domestic surveillance program.
He also addressed Iran’s nuclear program, asserting that any deal should come before Congress for approval. “I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures,” he said. “I will insist that any final version be brought before Congress.”
Hours before Paul made the official announcement at an event in Kentucky, he posted on, "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.” Paul’s announcement on his website was accompanied by a video message featuring his wife, Kelley, wherein she talked about their marriage, as well as his passion for ophthalmology and his volunteer work in Guatamala, where he has operated on hundreds of patients. “Being a physician gives Rand a unique perspective in Washington,” his wife said. “Simply because he’s trained to diagnose a problem and find a solution. He truly believes that if you believe something, you should get involved…. I think that’s a great example for our kids.”
“He loves making a difference as a doctor, and he believes he can make a difference as the president,” she concluded.
Paul also sent a mass e-mail to his supporters about his announcement, in which he targeted the likely Democratic presidential contender, Hillary Clinton:
Our country is run by and for the special interests, and the career politicians in both parties let it happen. We look around and see the same old, tired career politicians from yesteryear running. Hillary Clinton? We know how that movie ends… trillions more in debt, more taxes, and more Benghazi's. Radical Islam thrived and grew while Hillary was on the top floor of the state department. Now she wants a promotion?
The official announcement took place in Kentucky, where Senator Paul kicked off a five-day, five-state announcement tour, which will proceed through New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa, and Nevada.
The New York Times wrote that Paul’s particular brand of politics could make him “an outlier and a target among his rivals.” While Paul stands with the Republican Party on issues such as abortion, he is sure to clash with the establishment Republicans on issues such as reducing drug penalties, minimizing national surveillance, and limiting military intervention. For example, Senator Paul gained notoriety when he staged a 13-hour filibuster in March 2013 to call attention to the United States’ use of drones.
For these reasons and more, the Washington Post wrote that Paul could be “the most unusual and intriguing voice among the major contenders in the 2016 field.”
Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of and Reason TV, told NPR's Scott Simon in a recent interview that Paul could be called "libertarian-ish." "You know, I think he is talking what he believes," he said. "But I think he draws a lot of ideas from his father generally without some of the baggage, to be honest."
"And people are more interested I think now than even a few years ago of being allowed to make more choices that are important in their lives,” Gillespie continued. “And you see that reflected in things like the growth in pot legalization and gay marriage. Then at the same time they're very skeptical of government, whether it's a conservative Republican government under Bush or a liberal democratic government under Obama."
Paul himself recently referred to himself as “Libertarian-ish” on his Twitter account: “I’m a constitutional conservative. Libertarian-ish. Have a foot in both camps.”
Paul is running on the premise that he is a “different kind of Republican,” a slogan that was introduced in a viral video he released on Sunday night teasing his presidential campaign.
Regardless of where Paul falls on the Republican spectrum, Senator Paul scored a 93 percent in the Freedom Index — this magazine's congressional scorecard that rates lawmakers based on how closely their voting record adheres to the U.S. Constitution. Amongst the many votes that earned Paul this high score was his decision to vote against S. 2578 — a bill that would force employers to provide healthcare coverage for their employees that violates their religious convictions — as well as his support for S. 2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Some media outlets have observed that Paul’s slogan evokes “populist, anti-establishment themes,” which proved to be popular when Paul’s father, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, sought the Republican presidential nomination.
But Rand Paul does differentiate himself in many ways from his father, who was quite popular among the Libertarian electorate.
Politico reports that Paul’s advisors state his campaign’s top issues “will include a flat tax, IRS reform, term limits, privacy and justice reform.”
Paul’s position on a flat tax and IRS reform is very different from that of his father, who called for getting rid of the income tax altogether.
Paul’s stance on term limits does not address the problem of poorly informed voters who send big-spending politicians to Washington. In fact, term limits effectively moved Congress in the direction of a lame-duck body since every person who would not be able to run again because of term limits would be a lame duck who would likely become less responsive to the voters.
As noted by most media outlets, the field of expected Republican contenders is rather large, though until now only Texas Senator Ted Cruz had declared his candidacy officially. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio are just a few expected to make their own announcements in the near future.
According to a CNN poll, Paul comes in third place behind Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. However, Senator Paul has won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the last three years.
Paul believes he stands out among his fellow Republican candidates because his campaign will be as digital-savvy as the Obama campaign was. “Sen. Paul is clearly running a very different type of organization,” said Vincent Harris, the former Cruz tech adviser now working as chief digital strategist for RANDPAC.
Harris contends that Paul’s campaign will be a “tech-forward operation, of a crowd-sourced campaign that will use digital that’s never been used before on the Republican side.”
Paul intends for his campaign to be more technologically advanced than his colleagues’. Politico writes:
Different domains will funnel traffic to the same official campaign website. Google staffers plan to be with Paul’s top aides in Louisville, as well as a satellite campaign office in Austin, Texas, to help decipher the optimal moments to blast out digital ads and measure their real-time web performance. And Paul isn’t just using social media like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter to spread word about his political ambitions. He’s also pushing out all-important links to his own website, where he can solicit donations, email addresses and other vital information that will lead to more asks for money, more invitations to attend rallies and more ways for people to engage with his expected upstart presidential bid.
Paul is also set apart from other likely GOP contenders as he has expanded the targeted audience to include college students, specifically historically black colleges, as well as minority communities. In April 2013, Paul delivered a speech at Howard University, a historically black school in Washington, D.C., in which he opined how his party had lost “the trust and faith of an entire race.”
Senator Cruz welcomed Paul’s entrance into the race, declaring, “His entry into the race will no doubt raise the bar of competition, help make us all stronger, and ultimately ensure that the G.O.P. nominee is equipped to beat Hillary Clinton and to take back the White House for Republicans in 2016.”

Republican Ad Calls Rand Paul 

"Wrong and Dangerous" 

on Foreign Policy

The Kentucky senator announced he is seeking the 2016 Republican nomination in a posting on his website Tuesday, while The Hill reported that a GOP-affiliated group has purchased $1 million worth of ads warning that Paul’s foreign policy views are “wrong and dangerous.” The ads are slated to begin running Wednesday in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, the same early caucus and primary states Paul will be visiting after launching his campaign with a “Stand with Rand” rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday.
The ads are sponsored by Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, a non-profit group led by veteran Republican strategist Rick Reed, The Hill reported. The first one, called “Sanctions,” accuses Paul of backing President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over that country’s nuclear program.

The Empire Strikes Back as Rand Takes on
the Establishment



Obama Slams Christians At Easter Breakfast Prayer:
Published on Apr 8, 2015
“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I’m supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned,” Obama told his audience of Christian leaders. “But that’s a topic for another day.”

Obama seemed to have made the statement off-the-cuff because it didn’t really fit into the rest of his speech about Jesus Christ, which didn’t allude to current events for the most part.


As he supports baby murder and forcing people to celebrate sodomy, Obama says Christians don’t sound loving:

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:


Editor’s Note: Once in a while, believers need to see what their leaders actually say regarding religious matters. In a only few short words, President Obama and Vice President Biden manage to espouse or allude to at least the following errors:
  • Praise for “his Holiness” the Pope (i..e the leader of the greatest anti-Christ cult on Earth)
  • Support for the false “social gospel” where the government steals from the rich to “help” the poor (thereby reducing the ability of God ordained institutions to provide the needed help)
  • Eastern Mysticism (i.e. listening to the “great silence”)
  • Respect for the fornicating, Christ-denying Martin Luther King
  • Universalism (i.e. all humanity is saved by Christ)
  • Repeats the error that Jesus was crucified on a Friday instead of Thursday as the Bible teaches
  • “Embracing” rather than discriminating against “all of our neighbors” (i.e. sodomites)
  • Has a woman preacher say a prayer
  • Speaks negatively about only one class of people – Christians that do not express themselves with “love”
May God help this mad nation, and bless, protect, and wake up his people.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 07, 2015

Remarks by the President and the Vice President at Easter Prayer Breakfast

East Room
9:30 A.M. EDT
THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the White House.  Religious leaders, lay faithful, it’s an honor — it’s an honor to join you in a morning of prayer and reflection, and it’s a delight to have many of you back.
For me, reflection is what Holy Week is all about.  And I never fail to get a renewed sense of hope and possibilities when I attend Mass on Easter Sunday.
I believe Pope Francis got it right in his Easter Vigil homily when he said, “We cannot live Easter without entering into mystery.  To enter into mystery means the ability to wonder, to contemplate, the ability to listen to the silence and hear the tiny whisper amid the great silence by which God speaks to us.”
I think that’s who we are as Christians, and quite frankly, I think that’s who we are as Americans.  We’re constantly renewed as a people and as individuals by our ability to enter into the mystery.  We live our faith when we instill in our children the ability to wonder, to contemplate, and to listen to that tiny whisper amid the great silence.  We live our faith when we nurture the hope and possibilities that have always defined us as a country.  We live Easter — and to live Easter is to live with the constant notion that we can always do better.  We can always do better.
That’s why I’m so grateful for what everyone in this room does to transform hope into possibilities, and possibilities into opportunity.  And that’s why I’ve been so honored to work every single day for the last six-plus years with a man who encompasses that faith to his core.  A man who knows what it is to enter into the mystery with a deep and unyielding conviction that it’s within each of our reach to make real the promise of the ongoing miracle that is the United States of America.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to introduce you to my friend, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.  (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Everybody, have a seat.  Thank you.  Well, we give thanks for this day that the Lord has made.  Good morning, everybody.
AUDIENCE:  Good morning.
THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to the White House.  It is wonderful to see so many friends from all across the country.  My first concern was whether you actually got something to eat.  (Laughter.)  Sometimes prayer breakfasts are advertised — (laughter) — and then you get there and there’s like a little muffin.  (Laughter.)  A couple of berries.  (Laughter.)  And though your soul may be nourished, you leave hungry.  So I hope that is not happening here.
I want to thank everybody here for their prayers, which mean so much to me and Michelle.  Particularly at a time when my daughters are starting to grow up and starting to go on college visits, I need prayer.  (Laughter.)  I start tearing up in the middle of the day and I can’t explain it.  (Laughter.)  Why am I so sad?  (Laughter.)  They’re leaving me.
And I want to thank everybody here for the wonderful work that you do all across the country with your remarkable ministries.
We hold this Easter Prayer Breakfast every year to take a moment from our hectic lives for some fellowship, friendship, prayer and reflection.  I know pastors here have had a very busy Holy Week, and so for you to travel here and take the time to spend with us is extraordinary after what I know is difficult.  I can’t say that our work during this season is comparable, but you should try dealing with thousands of people in your backyard on an Easter egg roll.  (Laughter.)  After that you need quiet reflection — particularly because I had some of my nephews — 6 and 4 — in my house all weekend.  And you need quiet reflection after that.  (Laughter.)  Girls are different than boys.
This morning, we also remember a man of God who we lost this weekend, a man known and loved by many of you — the dean of American preaching, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor.  Anybody who had the privilege of hearing him speak knows what power he had.  He was a civil rights hero.  He was a friend of Dr. King, who used his spellbinding sermons to spread the Gospel and open people’s hearts and minds.  He taught and mentored countless young ministers.  So as we mourn his absence today, we also take solace knowing that he leaves a living legacy and that he is in a better place.
I am no preacher.  I can’t tell anything to this crowd about Easter that you don’t already know.  I can offer just a couple of reflections very quickly before we begin the program.
For me, the celebration of Easter puts our earthly concerns into perspective.  With humility and with awe, we give thanks to the extraordinary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  We reflect on the brutal pain that He suffered, the scorn that He absorbed, the sins that He bore, this extraordinary gift of salvation that He gave to us.  And we try, as best we can, to comprehend the darkness that He endured so that we might receive God’s light.
And yet, even as we grapple with the sheer enormity of Jesus’s sacrifice, on Easter we can’t lose sight of the fact that the story didn’t end on Friday.  The story keeps on going.  On Sunday comes the glorious Resurrection of our Savior.
“Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day,” Dr. King once preached, “but ultimately it must give way to the triumphant beat of the drums of Easter.”  Drums that beat the rhythm of renewal and redemption, goodness and grace, hope and love.  Easter is our affirmation that there are better days ahead — and also a reminder that it is on us, the living, to make them so.
Through God’s mercy, Peter the Apostle said, we are given “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”  It’s an inheritance that calls on us to be better, to love more deeply, to serve “the least of these” as an expression of Christ’s love here on Earth.
That’s the spirit we feel in the example of His Holiness, Pope Francis, who encourages us to seek peace, to serve the marginalized, and be good stewards of God’s creation.  Like millions of Americans, I’m honored that we will be welcoming him to our country later this year.
I want to quote him.  He says that we should strive “to see the Lord in every excluded person who is thirsty, hungry, naked; to see the Lord present even in those who have lost their faith… imprisoned, sick, unemployed, persecuted; to see the Lord in the leper — whether in body or soul — who encounters discrimination.”
Isn’t that how Jesus lived?  Isn’t that how He loved?  Embracing those who were different; serving the marginalized; humbling Himself to the last.  This is the example that we are called to follow — to love Him with all our hearts and mind and soul, and to love our neighbors — all of our neighbors — as ourselves.  As it says in the first letter of John, “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love.  And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.  But that’s a topic for another day.  (Laughter and applause.)
Where there is injustice — I was about to veer off.  (Laughter.)  I’m pulling it back.  Where there is injustice we defend the oppressed.  Where there is disagreement, we treat each other with compassion and respect.  Where there are differences, we find strength in our common humanity, knowing that we are all children of God.
So today, we celebrate the magnificent glory of our risen Savior.  I pray that we will live up to His example.  I pray that I will live up to His example.  I fall short so often.  Every day I try to do better.  I pray that we will be strengthened by His eternal love.  I pray that we will be worthy of His many blessings.
With that, I’d like to invite Reverend Dr. Amy Butler to offer our opening prayer.
9:43 A.M. EDT