QOTD: Rand Paul

QOTD: Rand Paul

by digby

About the election interference:
“We all do it. What we need to do is make sure our electoral process is protected. They’re not going to admit it in the same way we’re not going to admit we were involved in the Ukrainian elections or the Russian elections.”
We all install narcissistic imbeciles to lead powerful nuclear armed countries, amirite? Totally normal. No biggie.  Or is he suggesting that we installed Vladimir Putin, which would be a real twist.

Basically, he's saying that the US has no right to be upset that Russia helped Donald Freakshow  Trump become president --- and that democracy is pretty much a joke all over the world so fuck it, just stay home and watch TV and let the rich white guys run things like they're supposed to.

He's a real Republican isn't he?

Look, the USA has interfered in elections in the past. It has helped to depose leaders. It has run guerilla wars. It has invaded countries. We had slaves. We killed all the native Americans. We have never lived up to our ideals. I get it.  We suck. So do other countries, including Russia and the Europeans. History is full of nations, kingdoms, empires, doing terrible things to other nations, kingdoms, empires. Let's call it the history of humanity.

That's bad. I'm against it. But that does not mean that we Americans must light ourselves on fire in an act of self-abnegation. Vladimir Putin is a right-wing authoritarian kleptocrat whose goal seems to be to use Donald Trump as a tool to destroy America. I'm sorry, I don't think that's a good idea. I'd rather he not do that. I live here.

Rand Paul is always looking for an angle to make himself seem as if he has some greater principles than everybody else. But if he did, he wouldn't be supporting Donald Trump.