Last week, Glenn sat down with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for an in-depth interview about some of the biggest issues facing America today. The interview aired on Thursday's Glenn Beck Program, and Sen. Paul candidly explained why all Americans should fear the erosion of the Fourth Amendment and what he believes to be the future of American politics.
Earlier this week, Sen. Paul filed a historic class action lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices. While conservatives often fight tooth-and-nail for the Constitutional rights outlined in, say, the Second Amendment, they forget the overlapping rights afforded by the amendments.
"We need to understand there are other amendments, and they are just as important," he said. "You can have the right to own a gun and bear a gun, but if the government has the right to come into your house without a warrant and take that gun… You need the Fourth Amendment to tell the government, 'You can not come in my house unless you talk to a judge.' We separated the police power from the judiciary power."
The Fourth Amendment says:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
"What part of this doesn't the government understand," Glenn asked.
While the issues Sen. Paul is fighting for are vitally important to the future freedoms of American citizens, Glenn questioned how we can make people care.
"You are having a really good intellectual argument, but most people don't care. How do you change things when the President can look people in the eye and say, 'You have your doctor; you can keep your doctor,'" Glenn asked. "He knew that was a lie when he said it, and nobody cares!"
"I would disagree that nobody cares," Sen. Paul responded. "I would say that if you want to get your message out and you want to win elections, you have to take your message to people in a way they can understand it."
That includes speaking to a younger voting demographic in terms they can relate to - something his father, former congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), did very well. Ron Paul ran for president as a third party candidate and made conservative ideals of small government and personal responsibility popular among a younger generation of voters that typically do not find the Republican Party's message appealing. Sen. Paul, however, is not so sure a third party is best way to affect change in the current political landscape.
So what does the future hold for Sen. Paul? For starters, he wants to see the Republican Party move in a newer, more inclusive direction. Sen. Paul watched the 'establishment GOP' tell Ronald Reagan to "sit down and shut up" in the primary against President Gerald Ford in 1976, but he also watched the conservative element of the party stand up for their principles. Ultimately, the party came together and rallied around Reagan. There is a very real opportunity for that to happen again, but the Republican Party needs to be willing to duke it out and emerge better and stronger.
"There is a struggle going on within the Republican Party… I am proud that there is a struggle, and I will struggle to make the Republican Party a different party, a bigger party, a more diverse party, and a party that can win national elections again," Sen. Paul said. "It is the ideas of liberty and presenting them to everyone, not just white folks with ties on."