Rand Paul on BP Oil, Mining Disasters: Sh*T Happens Man
May 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Rand Paul is really, really not ready for prime time. The far right-wing libertarian, tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky has fringe kooky views. Who wouda thunk it? Now, fresh off his 24-hour news cycle disaster, during which he questioned the basis for such federal laws, as the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Paul is taking his fringe libertarianism even further. Paul rejects the notion that the President of the United States should hold private corporations accountable for the havoc they wreck on our country, such as BP Oil and Massey Energy.
In Paul’s world, private companies and private property owners should be able to do as they like without federal interference. And apparently the concept of civil and criminal negligence is beyond the kooky Paul, because his response to the Gulf oil spill and the Massey Energy mining disaster, was eh— sh*t happens, yah know? “[S]ometimes accidents happen,” said Paul.
During an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos, Paul attacked President Obama as “un-American“ for publicly criticizing BP’s response to the disastrous Gulf oil spill. And Paul doesn’t want the EPA doing any of that environmental regulating stuff, especially when it comes to climate change, which he denies exists:
STEPHANOPOULOS: “But you don’t want to get rid of the EPA?”
PAUL: “No, the thing is is that drilling right now and the problem we’re having now is in international waters and I think there needs to be regulation of that and always has been regulation. What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, “I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.” I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault. Instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen. I mean, we had a mining accident that was very tragic and I’ve met a lot of these miners and their families. They’re very brave people to do a dangerous job. But then we come in and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.”
When companies like BP and Massey Energy display a long history of safety violations and disregard for the safety of their employees, accidents just don’t “happen.” Disasters are created by a company’s “confrontational approach to regulatory compliance” and perpetuating a “culture of incompetence.”
This campaign should be entertaining, as Paul and his handlers attempt to hide the fact that he has fringe kooky views, while the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), continually appears on the national stage, unable to stop himself from spouting off aberrant and disturbing beliefs that have no place in 21st century America.
Who is really un-American here?