We continue to be amazed with the flexibility and agility of Schrödinger’s Candidate Sen. Rand Paul, the 2016 Goat Rodeo contender and noted Aqua Buddhist, who defying all laws of physics manages to be on all sides of all issues.
First some background:
You may recall in 2013 Cliven Bundy’s unprecedented land grab to avoid paying one million Ameros in federal grazing fees to the Bureau of Land Management. His grab was much fêted by the right wing media in the name of Freedom! And soon Bundy was joined by ammosexuals and militia groups hoping to start something bigger.
Then Bundy released his ground-breaking Sociology Study on The Negro, and the bottom fell out of Bundymania, which gave Wingnuttia a sad, though The Confederacy wing of the party loved him even more. And there was that attempt to start a revolution when some members of the militia guarding Bundy’s ranch murdered two police officers, covered them with a Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, a note saying the revolution had begun and a swastika, and proceeded to kill a shopper at Walmart. They died in a shootout with police shortly thereafter.
Rand Paul made the calculation that supporting this particular racist and armed crackpot might not work out to his advantage. In public and on the record, Paul said that Bundy’s musings about whether African-Americans would be “better off as slaves” were “offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”
So Let’s open Schödinger’s Box and see the status of things now!
Fast-forward to yesterday and Rand Paul is addressing Bundy and his fellow Nevadans in some tiny place called Mesquite. The meeting had a total of 50 attendees, so it is a long way for a national candidate to go for a small payoff, but that’s the way of the Aqua Buddha.
Anyway by the end of the meeting, Bundy proclaimed that they were as two hearts beating as one, or more accurately:
“In general, I think we’re in tune with each other. I don’t think we need to ask Washington, D.C. for this land. It’s our land.”
So the question is, what did Schrödinger’s Candidate say that would make Bundy all tingly and moist in his nether region?
“I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I think that the government shouldn’t interfere with state decisions, so if a state decides to have medical marijuana or something like that, it should be respected as a state decision.”
No story about Sen. Paul is complete without checking in on the status of the much proven Charles Pierce 5-Minute Axiom (the Paul family can make limited sense but once the clock hits the 5-minute mark, the crazy starts to fly out of their mouths, and the whole operation goes TILT), CNN tells us what happened next:
“At issue recently have been debates over whether the greater sage grouse — a type of bird — should be listed as an endangered species, a move that would significantly affect the regulation of land along the California-Nevada border. The lesser prairie chicken has also been subject to debate.
“Paul suggested that the private ownership of more land would help save some species.
“Sometimes I’ll say flippantly if you sold the chicken to somebody, there’d be plenty of them,” he said. “When things are owned, there’s lots of cows. Cows are not endangered. Neither are chickens, really. The sage brush grouse would probably be less likely to be endangered if somebody owned it and allowed it to reproduce. So there are ways of handling it.”