Being the son of a liberal atheist, I can personally say that the views of the father are not necessarily the views of the son.
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It is no surprise that former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul believes that the U.S. bears some responsibility, albeit indirect, for the terror attack of September 11, 2001. That belief, a staple of the far-left, animated his spoiler campaign for the GOP nomination in 2008 (less so in 2012).
It is a surprise, though, that he continues to voice that belief loudly when his son is trying to establish himself as a legitimate contender.
On Tuesday evening, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) delivered a televised rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s hapless address on Syria. It was an opportunity for Paul to seize the mantle of leadership in the floundering and divided Republican opposition, and to show what his own foreign policy views are. It was not a bad speech, though Paul focused narrowly on the question of war and declined to elaborate on his overall philosophy.
Sen. Paul has been at pains to distinguish himself from the more questionable aspects of his father’s legacy–often to the consternation of his father’s devoted fans. He visited Israel earlier this year, for example, to learn firsthand about the security threats that it faces, and to qualify his opposition to foreign aid by suggesting that Israel would be the last nation whose aid should be cut. (His father’s fans considered the visit a betrayal.)