by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Go here to see Rand Paul address the senate in favor of killing the EPA so that it won’t harm business… specifically, the coal business who is currently destroying the Kentucky landscape with their mountain-top removal mining process. He is advocating the passage of over 200 more permits for this kind of “mining” which literally destroys the mountains and pollutes the areas around them just so a company, owned by a relatively few wealthy individuals, can exploit the natural resources of his home state and decimate it in the process.
Ron Paul’s neoliberal Libertarian roots are showing through again. Kinda explains why is son is the poster-child for the new Neoliberal Revolution in the American Tea Party these days.
In an interview with Cenk Uygur, Ron expressed his feelings that if a young kid born of poor parents does well in school and strives to better himself with a higher education, he’s just shit out of luck. He also claims in the same interview that no one has a “right” to medical care… he claims you have to “earn” all of these things.
Ron Paul says you have a right to your life and a right to your property, but apparently he thinks no one has a “right” to equal opportunities here in the good old U.S. of A. I can certainly understand that because if slots in leading universities were handed out on merit alone, Ron Paul’s kid Rand would never have gotten into Duke University.
This is certainly an odd position for a man to take who seemed to think his own son had a “right” to a senate seat (and all the tax-payer supplied perks that come with that job) simply because his daddy was Ron Paul.
But that isn’t the first time Rand benefited from his “rights” as the fortunate son of Ron Paul.
In 1984, while his father as a U.S. congressmen, Rand was accepted at Duke University School of Medicine without having a received a bachelor’s degree. Rand attended Baylor University for only 2 and a half years. Baylor is known for catering to children of conservative Texas politicians. This was certainly uncommon for Duke University at the time. Turns out, Congressman Ron Paul also graduated from Duke’s school of medicine.
“At the time he was admitted to our medical school, Duke sometimes did admit students of exceptional abilities. Other professional schools have done that,” said Schoenfeld, noting that Duke now requires its medical students to have bachelor’s degrees.
He did not know when Duke changed its policy.
Ron Paul was a member of Congress when his son was at Baylor and was accepted to Duke. The elder Paul also is a graduate of Duke’s medical school.” Kentucky Mag.
Rand was supposed to have scored in the 90th percentile on his entrance examines, the MCATs. Hardly a score worthy of overlooking his missing bachelor’s degree.
So why did Rand rush over to daddy’s alma matter and hide-out for several years being groomed to become a doctor? According to GQ magazine, that answer might be found in Rand’s behavior at Baylor.
Rand was a member of a group of misfits called the NoZe brotherhood. A bunch of guys running around partying and doing things that seemed to piss off the administration at Baylor so much, they banned the group in 1979 and promised to expel anyone who was discovered to be in it.
Here is a picture of Rand in that group.
To be fair, no one was expelled from Baylor for belonging to NoZe from 1981-1986, from what the GQ magazine article states, but that doesn’t take into consideration how many other NoZe members left along with Rand on their “own accord”.
“So far as anyone knows, Paul’s membership in the NoZe was never found out by Baylor higher-ups and, despite rumors to the contrary floating around Kentucky, his early departure from the university was of his own accord.” GQ
There were clearly rumors that the administration knew of his involvement with the group and maybe even their abduction of a young girl who was on the swim team as well. The more you know about the case, the more you realize that it certainly seemed that Ron Paul, a U.S. congressman at the time, used his position to pull some strings to keep his son from flopping out of life. Now Rand sits in the U.S. senate looking to impose his neoliberal beliefs on the rest of America. One of those key neoliberal beliefs is that no one has any “right” to an education or preferential treatment in America.
Seems Ron doesn’t feel that way when it comes to his own son. Just yours.
Here’s a little music I would like to dedicate to Ron Paul’s son….
“It ain’t me,
It ain’t me,
I ain’t no Senator’s son, lord no.
It ain’t me,
It ain;t me,
I ain’t no fortunate one, no no.
Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand,
Lord don’t they help themselves.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord it looks like a rumage sale, yeah.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me,
I ain’t no millionaire son, no.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me,
I ain’t no fortunate one, no.”