Rand Paul Is All About Personal Freedom From Government, Unless What You Do Directly Contradicts What He Thinks You Should Do
Recently Rand Paul spent thirteen hours of his and everyone’s lives filibustering the appointment of the new head of the CIA. It wasn’t the appointment he was upset with – it was merely an opportunity for him to bring attention to what he believed to be the commander-in-chief’s ability and desire to drone-strike to death non-combatant US citizens on American soil. A noble effort for anyone who fears the insidious hand of big government. For a little while, it looked like Capitol Hill had a new protector of personal liberty. Finally, someone who truly believed in limiting the powers of an all-reaching governing body in all sectors! Someone who didn’t want mysterious robots murdering people in the name of the citizenry, or encroaching interference from legislature into the realm of business, or laws that mandate what folks can and cannot do with their own bodies OH WAIT –
Yes, according to The Raw Story, Rand Paul introduced a bill Friday that would effectively outlaw abortions nationwide while somehow remaining constitutional and not contradicting the Roe v. Wade decision. The “Life at Conception Act” would define fetal personhood, making it country-wide law that a creature is human the moment poppa’s luckiest swimmer collides with momma’s squishy egg. According to Paul,
“The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known – that human life begins at the moment of conception,”
a statement that contains so many logical leaps its astonishing Paul’s tongue doesn’t have huge, disgusting froggy legs. Do most Americans believe this? Is this truly “what science has long known?” Isn’t a “fetus” at conception not even a fetus at all, but an infinitesimally small collection of cells staggeringly less complex than a common housefly? Who out there is really defining clumps of cells as “human life?” What is the definition of “human life?” This doesn’t even get into the broader conversations of what it means to be conscious, and capable of suffering, fear, and pain!
It’s startling for an ardent libertarian like myself to see at one moment someone speaking directly about defending personal liberty, and to have that same person trample on personal liberty the next. I don’t care what Rand Paul personally believes about blastocysts and their eventual ability to maybe turn into Beethoven (OR HITLER, AMIRITE), but his personal feelings shouldn’t dictate country-wide legislature. Right?
Oop! Wait a moment. It looks like Rand Paul is already flalloping and gibbering on his own proposed legislation: now there are “thousands of exceptions” to his No-More-Abortions law. So much for Gotham’s white knight.