Video: Rand Paul turns up the heat in Tampa

posted at 8:51 pm on August 29, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Wednesday evening’s events at the Republican National Convention began to heat up with the first speaker who really seemed to fire up the crowd. This portion of tasty red meat was delivered by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. He wasted no time getting the engine of the crowd revved up, declaring how, after sufficient time to reflect, he still thinks Obamacare is unconstitutional. He then went into a lengthy stem-winder on everything from “You didn’t build that” to the lessons of the Founding Fathers and more. It went on for quite some time, being frequently punctuated by bursts of applause from a clearly supportive audience. He even managed to sneak in a reference to his father without drawing any obvious ire from some of the folks still concerned over the floor fight situation.

We have the transcript below after the video. This one will be worth breaking out some popcorn and watching if you missed it live. (And possibly for a re-run even if you watched.)

When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional!

The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said — can’t you pleeeease count to ten before you speak?

So, I’ve had time now to count to ten and, you know what? I still think it’s unconstitutional!

Do you think Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas have changed their minds?

I think if James Madison himself — the father of the Constitution — were here today he would agree with me: The whole damn thing is still unconstitutional!

This debate is not new and it’s not over. Hamilton and Madison fought from the beginning about how government would be limited by the enumerated powers.

Madison was unequivocal. The powers of the federal government are few and defined. The power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers.

So, how do we fix this travesty of justice? There’s only one option left.

We have to have a new president!

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.

Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation.

The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the Cold War, is that the engine of capitalism — the individual — is mightier than any collective.

American inventiveness and desire to build developed because we were guaranteed the right to own our success. For most of our history, no one dared tell Americans: “You didn’t build that.”

In Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Taing family owns the Great American Donut shop. Their family fled war-torn Cambodia to come to this country. My kids and I love to eat doughnuts, so we go there frequently.

The Taings work long hours. Mrs. Taing told us that the family works through the night to make doughnuts. The Taing children have become valedictorians and National Merit Scholars.

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.

My great grandfather, like many, came to this country in search of the American Dream. No sooner had he stepped off the boat than his father died.

He arrived in Pittsburgh as a teenager with nothing, not a penny. He found the American Dream: not great wealth, but a bit of property in a new land that gave him hope for his children.

In America, as opposed to the old country, success was based on merit. Probably America’s greatest asset was that for the first time success was not based on who you were, but on what you did.

My grandfather would live to see his children become doctors, ministers, accountants and professors. He would even live to see one of his sons, a certain congressman from Texas, run for president of the United States of America.

Immigrants have flocked to our shores seeking freedom. Our forbearers came full of hopes and dreams. So consistent and prevalent were these aspirations that they crystallized into a national yearning we call the American Dream.

No other country has a Dream so inextricably associated with the spirit of its people.

In 1982, an American sailor, John Mooney, wrote a letter to his parents that captures the essence of the American Dream:

“Dear Mom and Dad, today we spotted a boat in the water, and we rendered assistance. We picked up 65 Vietnamese refugees. As they approached the ship, they were all waving and trying as best they could to say, ‘Hello America sailor! Hello Freedom man!’ It’s hard to see a boat full of people like that and not get a lump somewhere between chin and bellybutton. And it really makes one proud and glad to be an American. It reminds us all of what America has always been — a place a man or woman can come to for freedom.”

Hung and Thuan Tringh are brothers and friends of mine. They came to America on one of those leaky, overcrowded boats. They were attacked at sea by pirates. Their family’s wealth was stolen. Thuan spent a year on a South Pacific island existing on one cup of rice and water each day until he was allowed to come to America. Now both of these men and their families are proud Americans. Hung owns his own business and Thuan manages a large company. They are the American Dream.

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.

Mr. President, you say the rich must pay their fair share. When you seek to punish the rich, the jobs that are lost are those of the poor and middle class.

When you seek to punish Mr. Exxon Mobil, you punish the secretary who owns Exxon Mobil stock.

When you block the Keystone Pipeline, you punish the welder who works on the pipeline.

Our nation faces a crisis. America wavers. Unfortunately, we are one of a select group of countries whose debt equals their gross domestic product.

The republic of Washington and Jefferson is now in danger of becoming the democracy of debt and despair. Our great nation is coming apart at the seams and the president seems to point fingers and blame others.

President Obama’s administration will add nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in just one term.

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.

Author Paul Kengor writes of a brisk evening in small-town Illinois. Returning home from a basketball game at the YMCA, an 11 year old boy is stunned by the sight of his father sprawled out in the snow on the front porch. “He was drunk,” his son later remembered. “Dead to the world, crucified.” The dad’s hair was soaked with melted snow, matted unevenly against the side of his reddened face.

The boy stood over his father for a minute or two. He simply wanted to let himself in the door and pretend his dad wasn’t there. Instead, he grabbed a fistful of overcoat and heaved his dad to the bedroom, away from the weather’s harm and neighbors’ attention.

This young boy became the man – Ronald Reagan – whose sunny optimism and charisma shined so brightly that it cured the malaise of the late seventies, a confidence that beamed so broadly that it pulled us through a serious recession, and a faith that tugged so happily at all hearts that a generation of Democrats became Republicans.

The American Dream is that any among us could become the next Thomas Edison, the next Henry Ford, the next Ronald Reagan.

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.

As Reagan said, our freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. If our freedom is taken, the American Dream will wither and die.

To lead, we must transform the coldness of austerity into the warm, vibrant embrace of prosperity.

To overcome the current crisis, we must appreciate and applaud American success. We must step forward, unabashedly and proclaim: You did build that. You earned that. You worked hard. You studied. You labored. You did build that. And you deserve America’s undying gratitude. For you, the individual, are the engine of America’s greatness.

Thank you.


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WAKE UP DELEGATES!

Finally some mocking of the administration. Sorely needed.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM

The audience needs to wake up.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

The worst part is that you’re going to have to explain it to your kids.

Zing!

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

The tattoo president..heh
T-Paw..just so dorky. He tries though.

I am ready for full nerd.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Sorry those are all true of the Democratic Party. It that where I am?

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 9:28 PM

One more time, Stevie. You’re in the dayroom at the home… and it’s time for your meds.

M240H on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

You’re out of time and we’re out of money.

Zing!

T-Paw is on fy-ah!

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

lol… A lot of people fail…at their first job! *wink wink, nudge nudge*

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

“you’re outta time. And we’re outta money”

“a lotta people fail at their first job”

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM

good call
——————–

oooooh
alot of folks fail in their first job

ZING!

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Nice line…out of time, out of money…

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

T-Paw is actually killin’ it in his own special way.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Some REALLY good lines from T-Paw …
don’t feel bad, Mr. President.
Alot of people fail at their FIRST job.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Even Tim Paw is hitting at Obama. Pretty amazing. Either this was the plan all along(to go easy on night one, and turn up the heat on night two) or they took to heart today’s criticisms.

esr1951 on August 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

This audience is awful.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I don’t know if it’s the audience or the microphones. When MSNBC was doing floor interviews during Fortuño’s speech, the applause in the background sounded a lot louder than it did on C-SPAN.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

He doing quite well.
Huck should not be speaking next.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM

gotcha….yepper tpaw doing well :)

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Yeah, T-Paw is actually doing a really great job! Speech started strong, and not staying strong with a more serious tone. His doing good! :)

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The audience needs to wake up.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Its T-Paw, can you blame them? I think only Tim’s family is clapping for him and laughing at his jokes.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

T-Paw getting a little melo there…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

WOOHOO!

Just get the government OFF MY BACK!

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

You serve far less page views and impressions by consolidating to 1 thread, due to limited ad real estate and lower refresh rates.
Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Though I believe it’s by “impressions” (how many times an ad displays) which would count every time a user refreshes/reloads the page and a new ad is displayed. Some sites, like Drudge, auto-reload to game the ad display count upward.
But some of us don’t see any ads at all :D

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM

new thread opened up…

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM

T-Paw hitting Barry hard. Skinny dudes like he and Portman doing the Christie tonight.

bayview on August 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Hopping threads…thanks cmsinaz!

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I don’t know if it’s the audience or the microphones. When MSNBC was doing floor interviews during Fortuño’s speech, the applause in the background sounded a lot louder than it did on C-SPAN.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

It’s gotta be the microphones. I just can’t imagine they’d be as apathetic as it appears. But man, they need to fix that for tomorrow night.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM

The audience needs to wake up.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Its T-Paw, can you blame them? I think only Tim’s family is clapping for him and laughing at his jokes.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

They have been like this the whole afernoon /evening….Rand, Portman had both great speeches, the crowd is just pathetic….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

The audience needs to wake up.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Look who’s speaking: Z-PAW. I can barely keep my eyes open typing this.

These guys need someone who would bash Obama and make liberal heads explode.

Who could that be?

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

new thread opened up…

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Is this a hint to move to the next thread?

esr1951 on August 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I don’t know if it’s the audience or the microphones.
steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Yup, I’m thinking it’s mic placement. It might just be only the stage mics picking up the audience.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Huckabee is up.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

This audience is awful.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 9:31 PM

The audience is sitting on their hands to protest Priebus passing two rules illegally. They are the majority but classy enough to not just walk out though that may still happen.

This is not a Dictatorship. There are rules but Priebus just ignored them and rulled illegally two rules into law. One giving him the power to change other rules like a little Dictator. Shameful.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM


Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos

So why isn’t Fortuno talking about his statehood efforts? Oh, because his party opposes it.

Kos is an idiot. Fortuño’s party is in favor of statehood.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Huckster, ewwww…need some vino to go through this one..

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Thank heavens, Z-PAW is finished.

Huckabee, Oy. Todd Akin on deck?

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

*big smile* you remembered.
Good. Was working but now have the bedroom TV on blast and mingling hear at the cocktail convention party.
I hope you are well.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Of course I remember. It’s an easy thing to remember kindness given.

We’re good here. Really ramped up for Nov. and anxious to cast our votes.

I’m watching convention on YouTube (gopconvention2012). Tried watching last night on T.V./PBS. Gwen Ifill and Mark Shields almost put me through the roof with their liberal-ness.

Huckabee’s up. Wonder if he’ll take some hard shots at Obama. Hope so.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Huck drops a “Bless his heart” bomb…

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

esr1951 on August 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

yes come on over :)

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Of course MSNBC is showing Huckabee’s speech.

midgeorgian on August 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Of course MSNBC is showing Huckabee’s speech.

midgeorgian on August 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Well, they had to make that akin comnection somehow :)…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Jazz said to watch for the Paul Ryan thread, and it’s all ours, right ?

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Though I believe it’s by “impressions” (how many times an ad displays) which would count every time a user refreshes/reloads the page and a new ad is displayed. Some sites, like Drudge, auto-reload to game the ad display count upward.
But some of us don’t see any ads at all :D

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM

5 threads x 5 ad units is great than 1 thread x 5 ad units.

Ad rotation has a cap and is largely dependent on time on page – hence the Drudge model.

As to conversions….

Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Hug-A-Bee started out with a lame joke.

bayview on August 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Woo-Hoo,I’m back,Huckabee is going to town it appears!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

He was doing good until he said, “I believe that someone is our nominee: Governor Mitt Romney.”

Dante on August 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Jazz said to watch for the Paul Ryan thread, and it’s all ours, right ?

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

pambi:Without a Open-Thread,it looks as if,”Follow the Crowd”!:)

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Mike Huckabee at RNC: ‘Mitt Romney turned around companies that were on the skids.’ – Live video

50 secs ago from http://www.breakingnews.com by editor

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 9:48 PM

SteveA- Cracker? Polly. Tiresome.

CW on August 29, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Republican National Convention 2012
Clear topic

The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Florida. Wednesday night schedule:

7:00pm ET: Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul
8:00pm ET: Remarks by Sen. John McCain, Sen. Rob Portman
9:00pm ET: Remarks by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee
10:00pm ET: Remarks by Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty now speaking at RNC: ‘Obama’s failed us. But look, it’s understandable. A lot of people fail at their 1st job.’ – Live video

12 mins ago by editor

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Of course I remember. It’s an easy thing to remember kindness given.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Right back at ya. :) I was expecting to get my head ripped off-you showed the opposite. :)
I will see you in another room of the party.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 9:51 PM

5 threads x 5 ad units is great than 1 thread x 5 ad units.

Ah, but look at the number of comments – in a megathread, there’s lots of reloading. In a thread with 30-50 comments, not so much.

Ad rotation has a cap and is largely dependent on time on page – hence the Drudge model.
Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Does HA auto-refresh to serve up ads? I dunno – I use Firefox with the blocker add-on. Drives me buggy on Drudge when I’m browsing on it to have the page reload.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM

So this speech leaves me with one question.

Why is Rand Paul giving a speech and Mitt Romney running for president…and not the other way around?

18-1 on August 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Why is Rand Paul giving a speech and Mitt Romney running for president…and not the other way around?

18-1 on August 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Try keeping that question in mind for the next 4-8 years.

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Here’s the rub “mega threads” go far below the fold… where no ads are served. Personally I like the fact when I refresh, it goes to the place-mark I left off – though generates an artificial “reload of an ad” that I cant even see unless I scroll up.

Being in the business, I tend to not block ads. Though I rarely engage them. I wont even get into the wonky keyword search. You know, like a thread titled “Muslims kill 35 people” and a Muslim dating ad is served…

Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

MKH’s thread yesterday was bad for me, because that scribd embed (Christie’s speech?) kept stalling refreshes.

I thought Huckabee (of whom I’ve never been a big fan) gave a really good speech. Hit Odumbo pretty hard.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

LOL .. where is everyone, now ??
Condi’s a hit, but sounds rather nervous.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

LOL .. where is everyone, now ??
Condi’s a hit, but sounds rather nervous.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Lol. Hello?!?
Yep. Another great speech. And, you’re right–she does sound a little nervous.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Its like putting tinfoil on the coaxial cable, back in the day.

And yes, I watched Cinemax Late Night through the Salvador Dali screens ;)

Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Being in the business, I tend to not block ads. Though I rarely engage them. I wont even get into the wonky keyword search. You know, like a thread titled “Muslims kill 35 people” and a Muslim dating ad is served…
Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

LOL, yeah, the art of serving up relevant ads hasn’t been exactly mastered so far. Well, as long as you don’t email ads for Halal Hot Dogs….

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

And yes, I watched Cinemax Late Night through the Salvador Dali screens ;)

Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Lol. I tried that a few times. Ya know–with the volume real low.
(Hey! Was that a b**b?)

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Why is Rand Paul giving a speech and Mitt Romney running for president…and not the other way around?

18-1 on August 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Perhaps it is because Rand has never actually run any operation larger than his father’s campaign, which lost, and Romney has founded and saved dozens of businesses and rescued what was considered a lost Olympics, and straightened out a fiscal mess in Massachusetts.

But that’s just a guess.

Adjoran on August 30, 2012 at 4:43 AM

LOVED this speech!! Thanks for sharing it, Jazz.

Buy Danish on August 30, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation

He doesn’t “misunderstand” America’s greatness. He knows it all too well. His purpose, his goal is, obviously, to fundamentally destroy its greatness, or…. he’s the most inept ignorant president in history.

I don’t think he is dumb or inept. He’s been entirely successful. Who could possibly imagine an appointed female friend of his taking the Catholic Church down to its knees, stealing GM and giving it the “workers of the world” creating death panels and mandating the road to government controlled healthcare, while raping medicare of half a trillion dollars?

That’s not ignorance-that’s success…if you loathe America and its people.

Don L on August 30, 2012 at 7:46 AM

This explosion of debt is unconscionable and unsustainable.

I didn’t read all the comments but I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks he should have added “…and unpatriotic”.

swinia sutki on August 30, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Huckster, ewwww…need some vino to go through this one..

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Ewww ? …Hope you’re not a male. Good god

DevilsPrinciple on August 30, 2012 at 8:08 AM

He found the American Dream: not great wealth, but a bit of property in a new land that gave him hope for his children.

That’s the American Dream. Not two cars, a flat screen and a two-story in the ‘burbs, but “a bit of property” along with hope.

Liberals don’t get that. They want to materialize “dream,” turn it into a list of specific, concrete possessions, quantify these possessions, and then spread them around. “Hope” is a naive delusion to them and a “bit of property” is regarded as chintzy.

Unfortunately, too many conservatives don’t “get” this concept of the American Dream either. In order to cast a wider net and attract more votes, politicians try to one-up liberals with promises and then more promises. They point to success stories of billionaires and say, “There it is! You can have that too if you just work hard and play by the rules.” They promises crass rewards which will only appeal to the gullible, so that the whole concept of the Founding Fathers has been vulgarized and turned into a farce.

I wish there were more politicians like Rand Paul (and Sarah Palin) who first of all got what this country was all about, and then had the integrity to express it rather than lie and pander to those looking for quick and easy riches.

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

That’s the American Dream. Not two cars, a flat screen and a two-story in the ‘burbs, but “a bit of property” along with hope.

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Thread winner!

J.H. on August 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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