Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for sanity on the Senate floor Thursday, blocking a bill from socialist Bernie Sanders that would have invited a new round of tougher sanctions on Russia.
Paul slammed the effort as just another partisan attack on the president, who has been under fire for the Helsinki summit from all sides of the media/political sphere in recent days. Paul said that while it was important for lawmakers to take measures to prevent Russia from hacking into our election infrastructure – obviously – it was also important to allow President Trump to proceed apace with state diplomacy.
“Trump Derangement Syndrome has officially come to the Senate,” Paul said as he objected to Sanders’ legislation. “The hatred for the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance.
“Nobody is saying or excusing Russia’s meddling in our elections. Absolutely, we should protect the integrity of our elections,” he continued. “But simply bringing the hatred of the president to the Senate floor in order to say, ‘We’re done with diplomacy, we’re going to add more sanctions and more sanctions.'”
Paul went on to recommend that the Senate take its role as the third branch of government seriously without interfering with the executive’s agenda.
“We should stand firm and say, ‘stay the hell out of our elections,’” Paul said, “but we should not stick our head in the ground and say we’re not going to talk to them. I would like to see the Russian help more with North Korea – with denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We’re not going to have it if we just simply heap more sanctions on and say we’re not going to talk to the Russians, and anybody that talks to the Russians has committed treason.”
Here’s what we appreciate about Rand Paul, even when we don’t always agree with his positions: He is a man of principle, which is a sight rare to see on Capitol Hill. He doesn’t align with President Trump all the way down the page on every issue (by any means), but they do come together on one point: It is better for the United States to avoid war than to invite it unnecessarily.
Sometimes strategic aggression overseas is necessary, but such is certainly not the case with Russia, whose greatest crime against this country was…hacking a server and trolling social media? Not saying we shouldn’t defend ourselves or take punitive action, but come on. We have MUCH bigger fish to fry, and Russia could in some instances help us fry them.