The Rand Paul Uprising; the Tea Party Movement Secures Upset Electoral Victory
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Primary voters in Kentucky delivered an unmistakable message to the Republican establishment on Tuesday: They want principled conservatives, not accommodating career politicians, to represent them in Washington. It looks increasingly likely that their wish will be granted now that Rand Paul has secured the Grand Old Party's nomination by a crushing 23-point margin over his nearest opponent.
Dr. Paul, an eye surgeon by trade, has never held elected office. He defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, whom the party leadership had anointed to take the Senate seat held by retiring Republican Senator and baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning. The party bosses' plans were upset by a campaign marked by one candidate's superior organization skills and clear vision for the country.
We need to be proud of capitalism, Dr. Paul noted in an acceptance speech that hit on the fundamental cause of our current economic woes. The failure of arrogant congressional leaders to restrain themselves from spending other people's money, not capitalism, created our $13 trillion debt. The same unrestrained spending triggered the economic collapse in Greece, but instead of taking this as a lesson to the world about the failure of socialism, established politicians are proposing more bailouts. Dr. Paul's most pointed criticism was reserved for President Obama's December trip to Copenhagen to apologize to petty dictators like Hugo Chavez for the Industrial Revolution in the name of solving the purported problem of so-called global warming. …