by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
He’s not on the front cover, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earns an “inside” cover spot in TIME magazine’s issue highlighting the 100 “most influential” people in the world. Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin profiles Paul.
When the Tea Party movement wanted to send a message to the Senate in 2010, it elected a clear-sighted eye doctor from the Bluegrass State. In a D.C. too often defined by the venal equivocations of a permanent political class more interested in consolidating its own power than in upholding the Constitution or defending the common good, Senator Rand Paul is a voice of reason awakening the public to what must be done to restore our prosperity and preserve the blessings of liberty for future generations. His brand of libertarian-leaning conservatism attracts young voters, and recently he inspired the nation with his Capraesque filibuster demanding basic answers about our use of drones.