As a liberal Democrat, I never thought I would see the day the I praise a Tea Party Republican for expressing views on anything. Well, that day came on Sept. 18.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a staunch critic of President Obama, made courageous remarks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. He expressed his concern that our punitive justice system is denying one out of three African-American men their freedom and right to vote because they violated very harsh marijuana laws that incarcerated them for many years. The most candid remark he made was that Obama’s minor violation as a youth could have denied Americans the pleasure of his presidential leadership.
It took courage for Paul to reveal his convictions and go against the Tea Party. As a result of his forthright views, Paul can kiss goodbye the chance to be the GOP candidate for president in 2016.