On Meet the Press Sunday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul downplayed revelations from federal prosecutors that Trump had directed his lawyer to make two hush-money payments in violation of federal campaign finance laws. “It’s just like a lot of other things that we’ve done in Washington,” Paul told Chuck Todd, “We’ve over criminalized campaign finance.”
Paul is confirming the fact that the Republican Party exists in name only. The principles and ideals of the once Grand Old Party are non-existent. We are a nation of laws. These laws are passed by elected officials whose sole purpose is to represent the will of the people. The men and women who call themselves Republicans today rule over us and refuse to serve us. Their pitiful and hypocritical party comes first. The Constitution means nothing to the right wing.
On Sunday Paul admitted that Trump is a criminal. He also confirmed the fact that laws don’t apply to Republicans. It’s acceptable to win elections by hiding the truth. Paul is claiming that the President of the United States need not be an exceptional individual; he or she can be a white supremacist, a sexual predator, and a confirmed criminal as long as that person claims to be a Republican.
“I don’t think that campaign violations should be criminal,” Paul said following a Louisville press conference in support of criminal justice reform. “We make things too criminal,” Paul added, suggesting the legal system can be just as unfair to rich folks as it can be to “poor, disadvantaged citizens.”
What world does this failed senator from Kentucky live in? It’s not the same country I know. Not a single man or woman with great wealth is ever punished fully for his or her crimes. Not one man or woman who intentionally caused the great recession has ever been punished. The executives of BP and Halliburton who employed cost cutting measures which resulted in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 men have never been charged with a crime.
Fact; low-income and impoverished Americans are severely punished and our prisons are over-filled because of that fact. The average wage of all incarcerated men and women prior to their convictions was $19,185 per year.
Paul is a Republican in name only and therefore ignores the fact that more than 46 million Americans live below the poverty line. Combined with low-income Americans, these two groups compose one-half of our nation’s population.
A final note; poverty and crime are directly related. Mankind will do anything which allows them and their families to survive.
Rand is another useless politician and a right-wing extremist. November 2020 is coming sooner than you think; vote.
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