When the political scene first caught my eye during the 2016 election, I had a few misconceptions. I thought that every Republican had to support Donald Trump, and every Republican had the same ideas and agenda.
Within a month of learning and educating my young, 8th-grade self, I learned about the different factions and ideologies within the Republican Party. Like a large amount of Republicans at the time, my initial ideas aligned with Donald Trump’s. About 18 months later, after lots of thinking, debating, and reading, I found my ideas best aligning with one man: Senator Rand Paul. His fiscally conservative ideas have appealed to my sense of governance the most, and, ever since then, I’ve called him my conservative hero.
Rand Paul was born in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 7, 1963 to Carol Wells and Ron Paul. Paul attended Baylor University and Graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. He started practicing ophthalmology in 1993 and established his own clinic in 2007. Rand Paul’s career in politics began when he ran for Senate in 2010, serving on behalf of Kentucky. Paul described himself as a Constitutional Conservative and a supporter of the Tea Party movement. Paul ran on a platform of liberty, a balanced budget, term limits, and privacy reform. Rand Paul was elected on November 2, 2010, and was sworn into the 112th Congress on January 5, 2011.
One of Senator Paul’s most notable actions in the Senate was when he took the Senate floor for almost 13 hours, filibustering President Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan, over his attitude to President Obama’s drone policies. “I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court,” Senator Paul said. He ceded the floor just before 1 AM that night.
Senator Paul has also been involved with the new generation of leaders. He is involved in the Young Americans for Liberty, and has spoken a numerous amount of times with the fresh faces of the Liberty movement. Senator Paul has been a tag with the movement since the early stages of development, dating back to 2014.
Some of the most notable characteristics of Paul are his attitude and leadership tactics. He is not afraid to stand alone, apart from the GOP, something that is needed in the political scene today. He did not always jump to conclusions about President Obama, and he does not always side with President Trump. He has called out Republicans, who claim to be “fiscally conservative,” but continue to use excess government spending where it should be cut.
His recent action has been standing with President Trump on the proposal to remove troops from Afghanistan and Syria. Many GOP Senators have gone against the President, but Paul has said for years that we have to bring our troops home. Senator Paul is fair, not a part of the establishment, and is a preserver of liberty.
Senator Rand Paul has had an everlasting impact on myself, Republicans, conservatives, the State of Kentucky, and the USA. His leadership, perseverance, and passion for liberty is something that I hope to incorporate into my own life, and that is why Senator Rand Paul is my conservative hero.
“If our freedom is taken, the American dream will wither and die.”
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