Every government agency has a SWAT team, according to Rand Paul, and capitalism is about “everyone succeeding.”

August 23, 2011
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Took a while to get to this, but at the Cumberland Valley Area Development District in London, last Wednesday, Senator Paul — in white sports jacket, hair jellied — spoke for nearly twenty minutes and had some characteristically great insights.

In his short amount of time, he warned the audience that every government agency has its own “special weapons and tactics team” and that the Department of Agriculture’s SWAT team is going to swoop onto your farm and stop you from milking your cow.

That sounds made up, I know. But it’s true:

He discussed how government agencies have their own special weapons and tactics teams, noting that the Department of Agriculture in Los Angeles “shut down an awful, awful crime in an organic food store, selling milk directly from the cow.”

“A Department of Agriculture SWAT team just swoops in and does that.”

The country does need rules, he added, but “it’s going overboard.”

After pulling back the curtain on that brewing scandal, Sen. Paul said the EPA has “gone crazy” and again cited his facts that “There is some evidence that the air is cleaner now than it was 30 years ago and the air is a lot cleaner than it was 80 years.”

All of which is clearly the result of the hard work of the EPA to force otherwise uncaring corporations to not pollute the environment. Rand is actually making an argument in favor of regulations, not against them and his supporters and the people in the audience can’t seem to figure that out. And neither can the Senator.

Then — as if all that wasn’t enough — he told the crowd:

“I’m for more profit. I’m for creating more rich people. Everybody succeed, that’s what’s great about capitalism.”

Yeah… that’s actually specifically not what capitalism is about, let alone what’s “great” about it (and don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty that is great about capitalism). Capitalism has nothing to do with “everybody succeed.” That’s actually counter to the very idea of capitalism. If that’s what capitalism was about, no business would ever go out of business no matter how terrible its product or how few people bought it or… let’s be clear: there is literally absolutely nothing about “everybody succeed” in the basic tenets of capitalism, let along its less basic ones. How people can claim Rand Paul understands the economy (or economic philosophies for that matter) is often mind boggling.

But let’s get back to those government agency SWAT teams. Here’s some rare footage of a Department of Education SWAT team raid from the 1980s:


 

5 Responses to Every government agency has a SWAT team, according to Rand Paul, and capitalism is about “everyone succeeding.”

  1. MCiaR on August 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    The militarization of agencies is not a good thing.

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  2. Matt on August 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    He’s not totally wrong about the SWAT raids. Google Rawesome Raid for more info. A point raised by many of the rawesome sympathizers is that the SWAT teams just have the wrong priorities. They’re raiding raw milk and natural food vendors, while playing nice with Cargill who actually did kill people with their 36 million pounds of bad turkey.

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  3. Jackie on August 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

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  4. Randy on October 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

    where in gods name did you learn anythiung about capitalism?..you really need to learn the founders IDEA of capitalism..why?.,. cause you have learned what every left progfressive communist will teach about it…Rand Paul is absoluty correct..capitalism IS the only way man kind can prosper..Proof?..look around…who gave us what we have? communists? who advanced civilization at least 5000 years in 100 years? socialists?…the poor of america are the RICh of most poor nations…Proof? why do mexicans come to america and work for so called low wgaes then go back home? they live like KINGS there from wages earned here..go read a book .like road to serfdom…maybe stuart chase and the road we are traving ..opps you know that one…atlas shrugged..maybe some milton friedman…Idiot..the founders created a country that ALLOWS for people to have a EQUAL chance at wealth ..NOT a guarentee..so we willhave poor…BUT the richest poor on earth…BIG MASSIVE difference.why do peopleof the world want to come here?..freedom . liberty and a CHANCE…the EPA IS america terroriszt organization..period.

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  5. Ryan Lankford on August 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    The DEA is the largest terrorist organization in the United States.

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