Kentucky Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul was in Niles in the north suburbs of Chicago Saturday afternoon to speak to nearly 300 supports about half of them millennials.
The outspoken defender of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights repeatedly emphasized the need to defend all of our rights including the 4th amendments protection of privacy, the 5th amendments takings clause, and the 6th amendments right to a speedy trial. The Senator highlighted examples such as the NSA bulk data collection of Americans phone records, the Kelo Supreme Court decision, and the case of a New York teen who committed suicide after having waited 3 years for trial as examples of our rights being under assault.
The crowd cheered enthusiastically when a video was shown at the start of the event of Sen. Paul taking a chainsaw to the 70,000+ page tax code. Paul spoke of the economic growth that would come, just as it did under the Reagan tax cuts, should the nation adopt his 14.5 percent flat tax for businesses and individuals. Paul’s tax plan would also eliminate the payroll tax.
One of the more refreshing moments of the day came when Sen. Paul talked about his trip 3 months ago to Chicago’s south side were he talked at Pastor Corey Brooks Urban Issues Presidential Series and the need for Republicans to go after the African-American vote not the Hispanic one as establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush and [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] are with their desire to pass amnesty for illegal immigrants.
To get the votes of African-Americans Paul spoke of the need to reform sentencing for drug offenders and his plan to offer areas with high unemployment and high poverty an even further tax reduction on top of his flat tax proposal that would as he put it leave $3 billion over 10 years in the pockets of people in some of Chicago’s worst neighborhoods.