The ostensible goal of libertarian theory is a good one: equality of opportunity for everyone. However, when we look at what happens when libertarian ideals are implemented, the results are just the opposite.
Zero-sum thinking in American conservatism goes deeper than disputing spoils. The Tea Party's view about things like benefits is a subset of a more general vein of conservative thought in which liberty itself is seen as a zero-sum commodity.
Rand Paul represents a contingent of America that just wishes it didn't have to deal with such things as inequity and inequality. But deal we must. There are real disparities in our world -- and right here in Chicago.
Maybe too many of us have grown so cynical with today's political culture that we have a hard time coping with, much less believing in, someone who is running for political office who is actually authentic and sincere.
What's so remarkable is that Rand Paul seems to think his beliefs are perfectly reasonable. Or, maybe not so remarkable. We're all the product of our upbringing, and Paul grew up with the John Birch Society.
I've read a number of accounts, touting this video as something that really stuck it to Rand Paul. Hey, guys, let's get a grip, okay? Meet The Press ran a perfectly anodyne video compilation of a series of already well-traveled news stories.