Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul enjoyed one of CPAC’s most enthusiastic responses when he took the stage Friday to share his vision for the nation.
“Will you lovers of liberty rise to the occasion?” he asked, rousing the first wave of supportive applause from his audience.
“When politicians accept censorship,” he continued, “when politicians accept imprisonment without trial, when politicians support torture even of the innocent, then lovers of liberty must rise.”
He cited the willingness of America’s founders to stand up to a tyrannical king to establish God-given rights and liberty.
“Our freedom is at risk from a Supreme Court that fails to protect liberty,” he said. “Just as we are presumed innocent, we should be presumed free.”
Paul offered a few steps toward restoring our national freedom, beginning with the repeal of Obamacare and other policies he described as antithetical to America’s founding principles. Even fighting a global war on terror, he said, is not sufficient cause to limit the liberty of Americans….
“We must protect ourselves from jihadists without losing who we are in the process,” he said.
Our freedoms are being further threatened by our national debt, he said.
In the end, preserving individual liberty was the common theme of Paul’s address.
“We must remember our rights are unlimited, unenumerated, and given to us by God,” he said. “Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Your rights are in your DNA and the government can quite frankly get over it.”
His message obviously resonated with a large swath of the audience as many engaged in a chant of “President Paul! President Paul!”
By B. Christopher Agee — Western Journalism –