Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) made a visit to Silicon Valley this past weekend and spoke at the Lincoln Labs Reboot 2014, which was sponsored by Generation Opportunity.
What kind of a reception did he get in this liberal stronghold which donated overwhelmingly to Barack Obama in 2012? Well, apparently a very positive one.
[Senator Rand Paul] wants to join forces with local techies.
But how can technology and liberty flourish side by side? Paul’s answer, “shrink government.”
“Is government inherently stupid?” the Kentucky Republican [asked] the audience at the Lincoln Labs Reboot 2014. “I say no, but it’s a debatable question.”
Since Paul’s visit a new political term is being coded — the conservatarian… part conservative, part libertarian.
Just what exactly has opened the door for Senator Paul and Republicans to gain traction in Silicon Valley? The failures of the Obama administration and the big government agenda of the Democrat Party on issues that are important to Silicon Valley.
“I come out here, and people say, ‘we loved President Obama, we’re all for President Obama, we’re from the tech community’ but why?” said Senator Paul. “He’s not for innovation, he’s not for freedom, he’s for the protectionism crowd, the crowd that would eliminate the activity of these companies.”
The National Security Agency scandal sent shock waves through Silicon Valley. Paul warned about its repercussions for the business climate.
“Since the NSA scandal, there have been people losing money,” said Paul. “People selling stuff in Asia and Europe aren’t very happy with us now. There have been articles written citing as much as 22 billion in lost sales.”
The Democrat Party and President Obama have negatively affected the business of Silicon Valley, with the NSA cyber surveillance programs harming the U.S. tech industry and those overseas.
It is in Silicon Valley's best interest to support candidates who are on its side when it comes to internet privacy for both business and principled reasons. From this common ground, conservatives could sell a broader message of limited government, and how it works to spur innovation and progress.
What should terrify Democrats is that Paul, the candidate to whom traditional liberals are turning, is also the conservative candidate who polls the best against Hillary in 2016.
Now that Americans are seeing the huge problems that big bureaucracy can cause, conservatives with a message of limited government have a real chance at flipping a group that liberals thought they'd never lose...