Politics

Rand Paul calls Donald Trump “Gollum”

Rand Paul
Written by Onan Coca

 

 

I am the only one on this national stage who really doesn’t want power or dominion over you. I want to set you free, I want to leave you alone, and I want a government so small you can barely see it.

— Rand Paul

Now this is a first.

I’ve seen some pretty heated political rhetoric, particularly revolving around Donald Trump, but I do believe that this is the first time I’ve seen a major candidate call another candidate a character from a J.R.R. Tolkien story.

In a recent message to America on his Facebook page, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote a quick note about the race for the White House that included a shot at the current frontrunner, Donald Trump.

From Rand Paul:

One candidate on this national stage wants you to give him power. He tells you he is rich, so he must be smart.

If you give him power he claims he will fix America, but there is another tradition in America. A tradition that believes that power corrupts, and that our goal should be not to gain power but to contain power or limit Presidential power. Our founding fathers feared centralization of power.

They wrote the constitution to restrain the accumulation of power by the government. Trump is ignorant of this tradition, or worse yet, he is overtly opposed to the limited government tradition.

This race should not be about who can grasp the ring. Electing Gollum should not be our objective. This race should be about which candidate will best protect you from an overbearing government.

I am the only one on this national stage who really doesn’t want power or dominion over you. I want to set you free, I want to leave you alone, and I want a government so small you can barely see it.

Rand Paul

 

While Rand Paul’s presidential campaign seems about ready to breathe its last, his argument here is an interesting one. Is Donald Trump the committed conservative that he currently portrays himself to be? Or is he simply running because he wants a “more important” job? Should it matter to American voters, and should it play a part in the way we vote in the primary?

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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