Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took the stage to wild cheers from both Mitt Romney’s and Ron Paul’s delegates Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention. The heir apparent to the liberty movement slammed President Obama, pointed out areas where both Republicans and Democrats can cut spending, and voiced his full support for Mitt Romney. The majority his speech focused on President Obama’s ill-fated “You Didn’t Build That” comments.
“When I heard the current president say, “You didn’t build that,” I was first insulted, then I was angered, then I was saddened that anyone in our country, much less the president of the United States, believes that roads create business success and not the other way around,” Paul said. “Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation.”
Paul told the delegates about the personal success stories of his family, including his famous father. He also described the obstacles overcome by a family in Kentucky that built its own business after fleeing war-torn Cambodia, as well as a pair of refugees from Vietnam.
“The Taings from Cambodia are an American success story so, Mr. President, don’t you go telling the Taings: “You didn’t build that.”
When you say they didn’t build it, you insult each and every American who ever got up at the crack of dawn. You insult any American who ever put on overalls or a suit.
You insult any American who ever studied late into the night to become a doctor or a lawyer. You insult the dishwasher, the cook, the waitress.
You insult anyone who has ever dragged themselves out of bed to strive for something better for themselves or their children…
So, Mr. President, don’t go telling the Tringh family: “You didn’t build that.”
When the president says, “You didn’t build that,” he is flat out wrong. Businessmen and women did build that. Businessmen and women did earn their success. Without the success of American business, we wouldn’t have any roads, or bridges, or schools.”
Paul proceeded to criticize for Democrats and Republicans for saddling the nation with enormous debt. Using words that Ron Paul would surely appreciate, he told Republicans they must be willing to cut military spending:
“This explosion of debt is unconscionable and unsustainable. Mr. President, we will not let you bankrupt this great nation!
Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.
Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents.
We have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is naturally ours, our God-given rights. We have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women.
To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never — never — trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security.”
Rand Paul angered many in the liberty movement when he endorsed Mitt Romney for president a few months ago. When addressing the Iowa delegation Wednesday morning, Paul encouraged those backers of his father to learn to accept losses in politics and to stay within the Republican Party. The Kentucky Senator doubled-down on his support of the GOP nominee at the conclusion of his speech in Tampa.
“To lead us forward, away from the looming debt crisis, it will take someone who believes in America’s greatness, who believes in and can articulate the American dream, someone who has created jobs, someone who understands and appreciates what makes America great, someone who will lead our party and our nation forward. I believe that someone is our nominee: Governor Mitt Romney.”
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