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Senator Rand Paul, leading national politician and 2016 Presidential candidate, presents his vision for America. From his electrifying thirteen-hour filibuster against administration-orchestrated drone strikes against U.S. citizens, to leading the discourse on criminal justice, Senator Rand Paul has taken Washington by storm. His outreach to this country's minority communit Senator Rand Paul, leading national politician and 2016 Presidential candidate, presents his vision for America. From his electrifying thirteen-hour filibuster against administration-orchestrated drone strikes against U.S. citizens, to leading the discourse on criminal justice, Senator Rand Paul has taken Washington by storm. His outreach to this country's minority communities alone- championing reforms of mandatory minimum sentencing, school choice, and the creation of enterprise zones for economically depressed areas- distinguishes him as a politician and Republican the likes of which are rarely seen. What lies ahead is Senator Paul's plan for America, where lower taxes and smaller government empower a muscular and expansive middle class; an America that doesn't engage in nation-building or fight wars where the best outcome is stalemate; an America that believes in constitutionally protected liberty and the separation of powers.


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Senator Rand Paul, leading national politician and 2016 Presidential candidate, presents his vision for America. From his electrifying thirteen-hour filibuster against administration-orchestrated drone strikes against U.S. citizens, to leading the discourse on criminal justice, Senator Rand Paul has taken Washington by storm. His outreach to this country's minority communit Senator Rand Paul, leading national politician and 2016 Presidential candidate, presents his vision for America. From his electrifying thirteen-hour filibuster against administration-orchestrated drone strikes against U.S. citizens, to leading the discourse on criminal justice, Senator Rand Paul has taken Washington by storm. His outreach to this country's minority communities alone- championing reforms of mandatory minimum sentencing, school choice, and the creation of enterprise zones for economically depressed areas- distinguishes him as a politician and Republican the likes of which are rarely seen. What lies ahead is Senator Paul's plan for America, where lower taxes and smaller government empower a muscular and expansive middle class; an America that doesn't engage in nation-building or fight wars where the best outcome is stalemate; an America that believes in constitutionally protected liberty and the separation of powers.

30 review for Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tjerk

    A clear, well-written and inspiring vision on America, the world, and the GOP. It raises only one question: how can anyone not stand with Rand?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daveda Gruber

    If you never bothered to learn about Rand Paul or you just want to learn more, this is the book for you. Every American should read it before voting in 2016. Learn about the man, his wife, his life as an eye surgeon, and becoming a Senator. Rand Paul is no ordinary Politician. He went into the senate with the intention on doing what a senator was supposed to do. That didn't last too long. He didn't want to be one of the cronies who saw business as usual and not stepping on toes as to not stir up If you never bothered to learn about Rand Paul or you just want to learn more, this is the book for you. Every American should read it before voting in 2016. Learn about the man, his wife, his life as an eye surgeon, and becoming a Senator. Rand Paul is no ordinary Politician. He went into the senate with the intention on doing what a senator was supposed to do. That didn't last too long. He didn't want to be one of the cronies who saw business as usual and not stepping on toes as to not stir up trouble. Rand Paul was going to stir up Washington. He began to do things as he saw the people wanted him to. He would fight for the people who had voted for him; for their rights. He would be the man he was, even as others were aghast at his determination to change the way the system ran. He would fight for, against what others would back him on, 'Term Limits'. He would fight against what Lobbyists had been doing all these years and what the Senate thought was 'going with the flow'. He would fight to 'Audit the Fed' and change what career Politician's had been comfortably going along with. I cannot give away the whole book but I will tell you that I laughed and cried. I hugged the book as Rand came to life in my heart. I know that he is no ordinary man. Rand Paul stands for people in all walks of life. He actually has the courage to change this country and the big government that has gone out of control and become much too complacent with the way things are 'suppose to run'. Rand Paul will get rid of the corruption because his beliefs do not hold on to the old ways. He is a man for the future. Rand Paul is more than just a man running for President of the United States. He is a man who the people have a chance to vote for once in a lifetime. He is the man who will bring America back to Her glory. Make no mistake, read this book and join me in rejuvenating the energy people get when they are voting for a change that truly is for the betterment of the people. You will Stand With Rand because Rand is 'Taking a Stand'. He is our hope for the future. Rand Paul is the hope for America. Read this book and 'Stand with Rand' alongside all good people who care about the future of this great nation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I was first introduced to Rand Paul when he first filibustered. I was a supporter of his father. This book illustrates his stances on all the major issues. In the book he outlines plays to make constitutional amendments to limit the terms of congressmen and senators. He also wants a constitutional amendment that will make the congress balance the budget every year. He discusses his idea for the largest tax cut in American history. Rand Paul sets himself apart from other candidates in the Republi I was first introduced to Rand Paul when he first filibustered. I was a supporter of his father. This book illustrates his stances on all the major issues. In the book he outlines plays to make constitutional amendments to limit the terms of congressmen and senators. He also wants a constitutional amendment that will make the congress balance the budget every year. He discusses his idea for the largest tax cut in American history. Rand Paul sets himself apart from other candidates in the Republican party by first openly criticizing the down parts of the party. Many in the party have claimed to conservatives who believe in balanced budgets, but when it comes to increasing defense spending these 'conservatives' are willing to go into debt instead of cutting other departments. As Americans, if we start spending more money in a particular area (having kids), then we have to make cuts in other departments (going out to eat). The government should have to do the same. Another important aspect that Paul addresses in this book and that is not talked about by other Republicans is the racial tension in this country. Paul is the only candidate going to these poor, minority, and traditional democratic areas. He is being well received. He is growing the party by addressing the problems all Americans, not just conservative Republicans. I believe this is a man who will work with congress and follow the constitution to make America great again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Keating

    This was a very good book. While it is a little self-serving (I guess it has to be if the guy is/was running for president, he really addresses many current issues in reasonable ways. It was very readable and pointed out a number of problems in government that need fixing. I'd like to see him attack some of them from his Senate seat. This was a very good book. While it is a little self-serving (I guess it has to be if the guy is/was running for president, he really addresses many current issues in reasonable ways. It was very readable and pointed out a number of problems in government that need fixing. I'd like to see him attack some of them from his Senate seat.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Skye Bennet

    Being a fan of his father, Ron Paul, has had me interested in Rand since he entered politics. While I have yet had the chance to read his older book(s), "Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America" was a superb book that had me thinking a lot about what Rand was saying. This book brought me new hope for America's future, and as the other person states in their review, how can anyone not stand with Rand? I highly recommend this title to anybody and everybody, regardless of y Being a fan of his father, Ron Paul, has had me interested in Rand since he entered politics. While I have yet had the chance to read his older book(s), "Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America" was a superb book that had me thinking a lot about what Rand was saying. This book brought me new hope for America's future, and as the other person states in their review, how can anyone not stand with Rand? I highly recommend this title to anybody and everybody, regardless of your political or religious views. While he does have a chapter dedicated to Christianity, it's not that huge of a part of the book and you can easily still enjoy it and agree what he has to say (even about Christianity) as an atheist or someone who practices a different religion. While Rand may be Republican, I also know many Democrats who not only support Rand, but have also enjoyed this book, so as I said, I recommend to this to everyone. Edit: I no longer support Dr. Paul for presidency due to his flip-flopping on issues and becoming more Republican. However, that doesn't change my view on the book, and I would still support him if he kept the views he had written in the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Josh Bradham

    One of the most well written books in the case of liberty I've ever read. I was an initial convert because of his father, but after reading this book I like him more than I like his father. This is a man who is committed to principles and ideals in a way that does not exist in Washington these days. I was a firm supporter of him prior to this and am not a die hard. One of the most well written books in the case of liberty I've ever read. I was an initial convert because of his father, but after reading this book I like him more than I like his father. This is a man who is committed to principles and ideals in a way that does not exist in Washington these days. I was a firm supporter of him prior to this and am not a die hard.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Rand Paul is running for President, and like many other Candidates, releasing a book at the beginning of the Campaign is a good way to get his messages out and to introduce himself to the voters. ​I'd estimate the content of the book as being about one-half lambasting Democrats, Obama, and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and the other half trying to explain his political positions on the important issues facing our Country. As most of us know, ​Rand was a physician prior to running for Rand Paul is running for President, and like many other Candidates, releasing a book at the beginning of the Campaign is a good way to get his messages out and to introduce himself to the voters. ​I'd estimate the content of the book as being about one-half lambasting Democrats, Obama, and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and the other half trying to explain his political positions on the important issues facing our Country. As most of us know, ​Rand was a physician prior to running for the Senate, but ​apparently ​always had an interest in politics and conservative ideals. That probably has a lot to do with family ​conversations around the dinner table as he grew up, since his father has been a long time Congressman. Senator Paul also worked on his father's campaigns for Congress, and on his runs for President in the past. Rand Paul comes across as ​someone who is ​likable, honest, idealistic, and willing to fight for his ideas. Politicians tend to talk in exaggerated tones, and I think Rand Paul ​showed some tendencies to that in his book. Most of his his criticisms of ​the current Administration were consistent with his Party's positions, but ​he separates himself from the crowded GOP presidential hopefuls in some of his own positions. He discusses his policies and recommendations​, most of which sound good. ​Unfortunately, as we've recently seen with our current president, nice ideas for change by first term Senators don't necessarily become policy due to a dysfunctional Congress. Speaking of which, he's very critical of the performance of Congress, ​as ​being slow to act​,​ and acting for themselves​ as individuals​ rather than ​collectively for ​the public ​good. So the ideals and proposals he discusses in his book are only indicative of what his vision may be, not policies which he could make happen if he were to be elected. ​Among his ideas and proposals are implementing term limits for Congress, ending the politicized gerrymandering of congressional districts, ​ending "ObamaCare" as we know it, cracking down on the NSA, and enacting novel ideas like Bills being considered by Congress cannot be brought up for vote until Congress has had time to ​actually ​read the Bills. He proposed a one day wait for every 20 pages in the Bill. I doubt that anything will ever come from these ideas, but I like what he says about them anyway. In terms of foreign policy, it's hard to determine how his ideas would be implemented. He talks about maintaining a strong military, but is against our past practice of pushing out foreign despots, and against sending our troops to foreign hotspots. My feeling is that he'll urge other Nations to "do the right thing", and then we won't end up being embroiled in too many foreign entanglements. Like any good Republican, he wants to reduce taxes across the board, and to make up for the loss in revenue, wants to reduce spending. But as we've seen, that's easier said than done. He's for a Balanced Budget Amendment, but again, that's not something that has moved forward in the past. The Senator spends some time discussing his environmental support, "in the new Republican Party he envisions", clean air and clean water will be important. However, those policies must be balanced against the need for local jobs and the economy. He was silent on climate change, but he indicates that he's against policies which harm the coal industry, which is understandable given the state which sent him to the Senate. As far as his medical plan, he suggests that the high costs of Medicare can be fixed by enrolling every senior in the same plans that members of Congress enjoy, indicating that the Congressional Health Plan provides excellent coverage at a fraction of the costs of Medicare. But Medicare deals with our oldest citizens, with the highest medical expenses, so there's no surprise there. And changes to Health Care, as we've seen in the past, is a major fight waiting to happen. But he tries to maintain a positive attitude in the book, and I liked some of his initiatives and his demonstrated willingness to stand up to his own party and willingness to work with like-minded individuals, ​whether in his own party or the opposing party. I also like his stance on criminal justice reform, changing the approach to the war on drugs, ​changing ​mandatory sentencing, ​addressing ​voting rights of non-violent felons, implementing school vouchers, and simplifying the tax code. Unfortunately, all these good ideas and comforting words don't translate to change. Maybe if ​a President was able to use a line-​item ​veto,​ some of his ideas (if he ever was elected President) could be implemented. But his idea of simplifying the tax code, cutting taxes for all, increasing revenue by some magic formula, cutting foreign aid to Muslim countries, etc., ​would require Congressional action and support, which doesn't seems to​ happen very often. ​

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Monahan

    I can not count the times I have wanted to shout in agreement with Paul! His ideas are so compelling, he makes a political platform book exciting to read. Good gracious - read this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I'm much more impressed with Rand that I thought I would be. He has some really good ideas but I always wonder why the crazies beat out the good people in the race for the presidency. I'm much more impressed with Rand that I thought I would be. He has some really good ideas but I always wonder why the crazies beat out the good people in the race for the presidency.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justin Tapp

    I live in Kentucky where Rand Paul is my Senator. I'm writing this review after his 5% finish in the Iowa caucus, and I'm glad his Presidential star has long faded because I'd rather he build his brand as a Senator. This book raises important points about liberty, privacy, and public policy that are not being heard much on the political stage. He can further his positions best by remaining in the Senate. Ironically, Paul believes in the information conveyed by the free market but ignores his poo I live in Kentucky where Rand Paul is my Senator. I'm writing this review after his 5% finish in the Iowa caucus, and I'm glad his Presidential star has long faded because I'd rather he build his brand as a Senator. This book raises important points about liberty, privacy, and public policy that are not being heard much on the political stage. He can further his positions best by remaining in the Senate. Ironically, Paul believes in the information conveyed by the free market but ignores his poor poll numbers that suggest very few people want him to be President. I think it's important for all constituents to monitor their elected representatives' thoughts and policy preferences-- be an informed voter. I finished this book while the Kentucky General Assembly was in session, where one of Paul's policies, restoring voting rights for felons, was passed by the Legislature with support from the Governor (the measure failed last after Paul came to testify on its behalf). Paul touches on several aspects of Kentucky-related policy, the state is featured throughout the pages. Hence, I recommend it to all Kentuckians. Paul begins with criticism of Obama's overreach by bypassing Congress with unconstitutional executive orders, including ones regarding legislation like the ACA, targeting at least one American citizen without a trial, etc. Much of this book seems written just after Paul's filibuster to get an answer from AG Holder regarding drone strikes. Later in the book, Paul makes his criticism bipartisan, where "Clinton stomped on the Third Amendment, Bush trampled the 4th." The Senator then goes into his biography. His grandmother's occular degeneration inspired him to become an ophthalmologist. He tells of the courtship of his wife and their marriage in her Kentucky hometown. He even claims to have rooted for Kentucky in the 1992 Duke-UK game, even though he was a recent Duke alum at the time (and writes of how he enjoyed their championships, right). He notes the problem of red tape in professions like his own. He formed a group of ophthalmologists to form their own accreditation body to compete with the ruling one, which was passing regulations that would have held older doctors to more lenient standards than new doctors who were competing for their business. He tells of his charity work in Kentucky with the Lions Club, free surgeries, and trips to Guatemala. The book has a strong libertarian defense of the price system, Paul quotes Von Mises and Hayek and explains the basics of The Fatal Conceit in layman's terms. Paul cites many books throughout this work, including several biographies and many works on the NSA. (I'm glad my Senator reads.) Paul applies the logic of The Fatal Conceit to America's healthcare system and Obamacare, writing that the ACA quells competition, discourages transparency, and encourages wide spread price controls via the Medicaid expansion. He seems to believe encouraging voluntary indigent care would have been better than Medicaid expansion. As a Kentuckian, he's familiar with his forebear Senator Henry Clay. Paul notes several strengths and weaknesses of Clay, including his waffling on abolition. Paul considers Cassius Clay, Henry's abolitionist brother, to be the greater Kentuckian. He is clearly currying favor with the coal vote in Kentucky, hyping he "war on coal." He writes that "The coal industry is not destroying the natural beauty of Kentucky," writing that mountaintop clearing is not so bad and criticizing environmentalists: "They make it sound as if miners are laying waste to the land." Activists I know aren't critical of miners; they're critical of mines and infringement on the property rights of those who live downstream-- those whose groundwater gets contaminated with slurry and streams contaminated by lead. Nevertheless, Rand Paul proclaims himself an "actual tree hugger" who even composts. Paul has a list of policy prescriptions as the basis of his Presidential campaign: Eliminate "corporate welfare," establish term limits, a balanced budget amendment, require an aloud reading of all bills in Congress (no more "we have to pass it to learn what's in it"), have computers draw districts to abolish gerrymandering, audit the Fed (the CFPB is also unaudited, why not both?), and basically abolish or dramatically scale back the NSA. Paul cites no fewer than four books on the NSA and hearkens back to the Church hearings. He writes that he "knows how many" people the CIA kills based on metadata, but it's classified so he can't say. There are "hundreds of thousands" of FISA warrants, and the government can essentially justify a warrant for anything. He writes that the media has been complicit in all the government overreach, there is sort of a media-industrial complex. He does not seem to fault the readers who implicity choose what the media publishes with what they click on or tune into. Of government failures, Paul puts prisons at the top. Prisons are a "waste of money," and I am sympathetic to his argument that prisons are local boondoggle projects to get federal dollars and jobs into communities. This then justifies more laws being passed, or local law enforcement aiming for harsher sentences in order to fill those prisons. Paul would push to abolish mandatory minimums, push for greater expungement, and look at programs to better integrate prisoners back into society. Local police departments seem to care little about the Constitution and more about jobs. Rand Paul agrees with President Obama's alarm about the increased militarization of the police force, questioning why police need rifles with scopes that can kill from 400 yards away. Paul was one of the first from Washington to visit Ferguson, MO, he takes a swipe at other Congressional reps that didn't bother. He highlights much of the tension and unfairness related to race and relates it back to unfair housing policy and other ills. Civil asset forfeiture is another concern. No Child Left Behind is the great unfunded mandate. Sen. Paul writes that the pubic school system in Washington, D.C. spends $18,000 per child per year with little to show for it. Paul would push to utilize MOOCs to provide free quality education to students, and school vouchers with school choice. Worse than education policy, perhaps, is the federal housing policy, which Paul blames for much of the segregation and racial tensions we see today. What are some of Rand Paul's specific policy prescriptions? For places like Detroit and Eastern Kentucky, Paul would establish "economic freedom zones" where there would be a lower or eliminated personal income and payroll tax rate. Paul proposes a payroll tax of just 2% and an income tax of just 5% in any county with unemployment greater than 1.5 times the national rate. He proposes a flat 17% income tax across the board. He claims to be working with Sen. Boxer to lower the corporate repatriation tax and move it to the road fund to shore up US infrastructure. He also proposes ending foreign aid to any country who supports policies or groups that are hostile either to America or to Christianity. In this, he is targeting countries like Egypt, Pakistan, and Iraq which get large amounts of military and humanitarian aid but tolerate or encourage open persecution. He gives many "war on Christianity with your tax dollars" examples, he seems to neglect persecution of Jews and other minorities in these same countries, but does take up the issue of women's rights, having met with one of the female survivors of Boko Haram kidnappings. Paul writes that he is "hesitant" to talk about his faith, but that he is a Christian who, like Dostoevsky, suffers from doubts about God's goodness while observing so much suffering in the world. His foreign policy is largely centrist "neither an interventionist nor an isolationist, but a realist." He believes in a strong military but one that does not go searching for demons abroad to fight. Congress, as stipulated by the War Powers Act, would have to authorize any prolonged military engagement. Paul is a firm believer in free trade and believes in opening trade with Cuba, China, and Russia-- trade, but not aid. Paul blames Hillary Clinton for the Libyan debacle, generally, and Ambassador Steven's death, specifically. (Having read Bob Gates' memoir, I'd agree Hillary is to blame for much of the desire to engage in Libya without much strategy other than overthrow of Qaddafi.) Paul reminds the reader that Mike Mullen's own independent review blasted Hillary's management of the State Department. Paul writes of CIA gun running through Benghazi to Syrian rebels and potentially secret cover-up. Paul would definitely limit the militarization of foreign policy, citing Bob Gates on this point. Paul also concludes with a defense of capitalism-- rich capitalists like Rockefeller and Bill Gates are the greatest humanitarians and environmentalists. Capitalism is no enemy of the environment. He even finds praise for Donald Trump's work in New York City projects, his environmental concern and improvement of property values. This finds odd placement in this book, given the forthcoming campaign as he was writing it. In all, I give this book 4 stars out of 5. Paul explains his observations and policy prescriptions clearly. Whether you agree with them or not, they are at least intelligible. Kentuckians should read this book to understand who they have elected and where his priorities are.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam C. Marshall

    Rand Paul lays out a great vision for America, a lot of what I see President Trump doing today. A lot of great ideas in this book. Great read!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    R

    The new Breed Libertarianism meets Nationalism. A new breed of mainline politician. Rand Paul is the future of politics on The Hill and in Washington, and incapsulates what it means to be Libertarian, with very classically Liberal and conservative ideals blended in just the right amount. Not leaning too far right, nor too far left, he is the best of both worlds ( Democrat and Republican) although there isn't too much about these old archaic parties to be proud of in modern politics. Socially Libe The new Breed Libertarianism meets Nationalism. A new breed of mainline politician. Rand Paul is the future of politics on The Hill and in Washington, and incapsulates what it means to be Libertarian, with very classically Liberal and conservative ideals blended in just the right amount. Not leaning too far right, nor too far left, he is the best of both worlds ( Democrat and Republican) although there isn't too much about these old archaic parties to be proud of in modern politics. Socially Liberal and fiscally Conservative philosophies and policies are what the heart of most intelligent, hard working Americans truly yearn for. Having the freedom to control one's own destiny monetarily, and live our lives as we, not big government, see fit, is the essence of true Liberty and freedom in an America consumed by people constantly trying to control others actions or capital through the means of statist, socialistic policies. Senator Rand Paul offers a very promising and attractive alternative. From balancing the budget of our near 21 trillion $ debt, auditing the Federal Reserve, to ending the draconian "War On drugs" that has wasted billions of tax payers dollars and ruined millions of lives, Rand Paul looks to overhaul the whole political system in which we live. With far over 100 Bills authored with bipartisan support from both parties, The Senator has proven he isn't your typical politician who just "talks the talks" but actually gets things done and in a very big way. Criminal justice reform that has drastically affected minority communities in inner cities, has also been one of the Bills he has championed and been most vocal about on both sides of the isle. You can clearly see his Libertarian roots and leanings oozing at the base of his many revolutionary ideals like foreign policy and what it truly means to enact principles and restraint based off the "Non-agression Principle." Needless death, money and lives need not be wasted on a neocon centered foreign policy based on endless un-constitutional war and nation building. One topic I found of great interest was his visionary economic recovery proposal for "Economic freedom zones" where in which highly impoverished areas like Detroit and inner city Chicago get massive tax cuts in order to encourage entrepreneurship, spending and economic stimulation. The more money citizens have in their pockets, the more they will spend. In turn, this undermines the need for the massive welfare state our Country has relied on the last few decades. Our current system is clearly not working to all our advantage and needs reformation fast. This is but one of the MANY revolutionary ideas this wunderkind of politics proposes in his book. If you are tired of Big Government intervening in every aspect of your life, the endless un-consitutional wars, the Nation building, the "War on drugs," the mass Orwellian collection of meta-data, the corrupt bureaucrats and politicians living above the laws they pass, the clear incompetence of our elected officials and dismemberment of our Bill Of Rights, or are just tired of the general consensus of what both of the 2 parties have become, I highly suggest you give this one a read. He isn't your typical politician by any means and this isn't your typical political read. While Rand is a registered Republican, it is clear he is "playing ball" to change the system from within as Bernie Sanders has done on the left. We do need a political Revolution in this Country, but not one of socialism or forced coercion, but of freedom of choice, free-markets, self sovereignty, hard work and Liberty. That is the Country I would love to see one day, and there is no better representation in Washington or politics right now than Rand Paul.

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Banzer

    Senator Rand Paul has a vision which he calls Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America. That's the subtitle of his book, Taking a Stand. While preparing his recent short-lived presidential run the junior U.S. senator representing Kentucky outlined his views concerning America's future. Ideas that formed the basis of his candidacy seemed to be catching fire for awhile. Unfortunately the effort fizzled and died while Donald Trump was name-calling his way to the 2016 Republican presidential Senator Rand Paul has a vision which he calls Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America. That's the subtitle of his book, Taking a Stand. While preparing his recent short-lived presidential run the junior U.S. senator representing Kentucky outlined his views concerning America's future. Ideas that formed the basis of his candidacy seemed to be catching fire for awhile. Unfortunately the effort fizzled and died while Donald Trump was name-calling his way to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It seems nearly everyone who makes it to prominence in politics these days writes a book. Some of those politico authors don't have much to say. Senator Paul is an exception, a man with plenty to say. It's a shame not enough people seem to be listening. A wide range of truly inciteful ideas are presented with enthusiasm and true conviction. In reading his book you won't feel you are just being fed standard rhetorical political talking points. This is a man with a different way of looking at the many problems and challenges facing the Untied States. Paul has a big heart and a dedication to serve humanity. Requirements of the office he holds prevent him him from making money in his private opthamology practice. Yet, while not being able to do such work for profit until reentering private life, he continues to make trips to Guatamala to provide pro bono eye operations for the needy. He forsees resumption of medical practice following his political career. Admiration is due this man who says that when he resumes his vocation, he will continue working as long as possible. Paul likely will be back in the private sector soon if his presidential ambitions do not soon resurface. He is committed to the principle of term limits, believing it's healthy to often see fresh faces in federal office. When he is no longer a part of government, he'll be missed. Not often does someone in government with such fresh ideas come upon the national scene. People in Kentucky know him pretty well. This book introduces those in other parts of the country to a modern day Bluegrass State patriot. Tbank you, Goodreads! I'm glad you're around. It provided me the opportunity to receive this complimentary book which was a very enjoyable read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Griffin

    I won Rand Paul's book as a part of a giveaway on the Goodreads website. I decided to enter because I am on the fence about all the presidential hopefuls for the 2016 election. I tend to be a moderate voter with swings to the left and right on different issues and thought reading this book would help with my decision regarding the upcoming election. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book and hearing his stance on issues. Rand Paul wrote a well thought out platform of what I won Rand Paul's book as a part of a giveaway on the Goodreads website. I decided to enter because I am on the fence about all the presidential hopefuls for the 2016 election. I tend to be a moderate voter with swings to the left and right on different issues and thought reading this book would help with my decision regarding the upcoming election. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book and hearing his stance on issues. Rand Paul wrote a well thought out platform of what he stands for and what his goals will be as President. I particularly like that his fiscal goals are to reduce the national debt, balance the budget and audit inflated branches of the government. He also wrote about current key issues facing America including our foreign policy, environment and racial unrest currently taking place across the nation that he would like to overhaul and improve if he were to be elected. I did not agree with every aspect in his book but he did make a great case to be a strong consideration for a vote. I do worry that his grandiose platform involves so many changes, I cannot fathom as to how he would be able to accomplish everything he laid out. Overall, I would recommend this book especially for moderate voters. With so many trying to get on the Republican ticket, I do not know if Paul will be able to break through the clutter for the 2016 election but I do think he will be a serious Presidential candidate in future elections.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Why did I read this? Because I saw him on Jon Stewart's show and ended up being curious about what he had to say. Ultimately the main goal of the book is that he wants to become President of the United States. Some of his ideas like a flat tax rate, the demilitarization of our police department, and term limits are good ones. He points out the injustices of big government especially towards minorities and the poor. He also points out the failures in the war on drugs and the unfairness of mandato Why did I read this? Because I saw him on Jon Stewart's show and ended up being curious about what he had to say. Ultimately the main goal of the book is that he wants to become President of the United States. Some of his ideas like a flat tax rate, the demilitarization of our police department, and term limits are good ones. He points out the injustices of big government especially towards minorities and the poor. He also points out the failures in the war on drugs and the unfairness of mandatory sentencing laws that have led to outrageous amounts of money spent on prisons and the overcrowding of our prison systems. All well and good but his constant Obama bashing set my teeth on edge. Obama's presidency has not been perfect but the obstructionist attitude of our legislature has a lot to do with it too. From his book, he says that he wants to unite our country, get beyond partisan politics but this book sounds like more of the same old bullshit. His chapter on the war on Christians didn't ring true to me and felt like a sell out to the right wing. I went into the reading of this book with an open mind but came away saddened that nothing changes with the politics of our elections and the running of our country.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    Being Senator Rand Paul's third book, and since it is part of his roll out for his candidacy for president, expectations should be pretty high for "Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America." Senator Paul writes mostly about his ideas and vision for America, but also incorporates a decent bit of biographical information early on. While it's nice to include personal information, I generally prefer a book to either be solely autobiography or solely policy. With that said, it Being Senator Rand Paul's third book, and since it is part of his roll out for his candidacy for president, expectations should be pretty high for "Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America." Senator Paul writes mostly about his ideas and vision for America, but also incorporates a decent bit of biographical information early on. While it's nice to include personal information, I generally prefer a book to either be solely autobiography or solely policy. With that said, it generally didn't distract from the proposals and sometimes even gave a little background to his opinion. Senator Paul has no problem attacking Democrats or Republicans for their failures. While it will be difficult for him to get through the primaries, he has the opportunity to be a transformational candidate that attracts strong support in a general election. If you are looking to know more about Senator Paul and what he would do as president, this is the best place to start. As far as quality goes, I think his previous book, "Government Bullies" was a little better than this one. Still this was a very good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Samuel

    Probably unlike most people who will read this book, I am a Democrat who happily voted for Obama twice. I picked this book up because I think it's important to understand where candidates from both parties stand. As you would expect, I find most of the Republican candidates intolerable. But I actually really enjoyed this book and actually agreed with Paul in quite a few places. Unlike most political books released during campaign season, this one is written in an engaging, thoughtful, and intere Probably unlike most people who will read this book, I am a Democrat who happily voted for Obama twice. I picked this book up because I think it's important to understand where candidates from both parties stand. As you would expect, I find most of the Republican candidates intolerable. But I actually really enjoyed this book and actually agreed with Paul in quite a few places. Unlike most political books released during campaign season, this one is written in an engaging, thoughtful, and interesting way. Paul is clearly a different kind of Republican. He has taken a huge step away from the doom and gloom, America is half-way down the drain, let me tell you how horrible the Democrats are, be angry, be very angry positioning that Republicans have tended to rely on and replaced it with rational, issue-centered, solution-focused ideas that focus on areas that most Americans find the most relevant to their lives. Although I fundamentally disagree with Paul's commitment to the trickle-down theory, I would consider him as one of the smartest picks for the Republican nomination.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Ruff

    Rand is one of the few politicians I trust. I felt I had a good understanding of his opinions, but this manages to dig deeper as well as cover a lot of topics. Some might be surprised to find him quoting MLK and Churchill, and a whole chapter about protecting the environment. Regarding sneek and peek warrants which are supposed to be about terrorism, out of 6775 requests, 5093 were used in drug cases and only 31 were used to fight terrorism. According to Open Doors, there are more than 100 milli Rand is one of the few politicians I trust. I felt I had a good understanding of his opinions, but this manages to dig deeper as well as cover a lot of topics. Some might be surprised to find him quoting MLK and Churchill, and a whole chapter about protecting the environment. Regarding sneek and peek warrants which are supposed to be about terrorism, out of 6775 requests, 5093 were used in drug cases and only 31 were used to fight terrorism. According to Open Doors, there are more than 100 million oppressed Christians in the world today, mostly in Muslim nations of course as well as North Korea. After quoting King talking about getting jobs, "Dr King knew, like John Allison after him, that employment was essential to self worth. That in order for black people to be lifted from the chains of discrimination they first had to be given the opportunity to work"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Len

    MSenator Rand Paul of Kentucky, as many Presidential candidates over the years have done, presented his position on a wide range of issues for American voters to consider prior to the 2016 Presidential primaries. While presenting the weaknesses of the outgoing administration, he very clearly outlines his alternatives for dealing with the federal budget, foreign trade policies, environmental policy, and health care. Senator Paul suggested a bipartisan approach for dealing with the issues at hand. MSenator Rand Paul of Kentucky, as many Presidential candidates over the years have done, presented his position on a wide range of issues for American voters to consider prior to the 2016 Presidential primaries. While presenting the weaknesses of the outgoing administration, he very clearly outlines his alternatives for dealing with the federal budget, foreign trade policies, environmental policy, and health care. Senator Paul suggested a bipartisan approach for dealing with the issues at hand. In presenting his case, it is very clear that he has done a remarkable job representing the people of Kentucky as their Senator. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Senator Paul, in particular, or the American political scene, in general.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danny Sinclair

    With references from Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" to quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I found that this book relates to me very well on a personal level. It was very easy to read and understand Senator Paul's new and unique (for a member of congress) ideas. I very much enjoyed this book, and it strengthened my belief that Rand Paul is a distinct potential candidate in the 2016 Presidential election. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they already agree with Paul, and to anyo With references from Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" to quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I found that this book relates to me very well on a personal level. It was very easy to read and understand Senator Paul's new and unique (for a member of congress) ideas. I very much enjoyed this book, and it strengthened my belief that Rand Paul is a distinct potential candidate in the 2016 Presidential election. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they already agree with Paul, and to anyone who thinks they do not, because you may be surprised by what you have in common with this GOP contender.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holden Malinchock

    This book was great. Perfect book for anyone interested in learning about politics. Specifically learning more about Rand Paul's platform and understanding his views of our problems we face today. He goes into many details about what he finds important and what he would for sure change if he became president. Specifically he talks a lot about Health Care and the poor. He lays out specific details on what he would do as president and gives lots of fascinating stories that he heard from victims an This book was great. Perfect book for anyone interested in learning about politics. Specifically learning more about Rand Paul's platform and understanding his views of our problems we face today. He goes into many details about what he finds important and what he would for sure change if he became president. Specifically he talks a lot about Health Care and the poor. He lays out specific details on what he would do as president and gives lots of fascinating stories that he heard from victims and from his own life. You learn more about Rand Paul as a candidate as well as as a person. Overall great book, especially for being a fan of Rand Paul!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joe N.

    Simply put Rand is taking on issues that will either win him the presidential election or disqualify himself of any chance. In any case regardless of wether you agree with him or not he is the only candidate that I see trying to save and even expand the republican party from its self induced suicidal death spiral. If he does win the presidential seat he could potentially be another Reagan but only time will tell. I am especially impressed with his strong and tireless stand against the NSA monstr Simply put Rand is taking on issues that will either win him the presidential election or disqualify himself of any chance. In any case regardless of wether you agree with him or not he is the only candidate that I see trying to save and even expand the republican party from its self induced suicidal death spiral. If he does win the presidential seat he could potentially be another Reagan but only time will tell. I am especially impressed with his strong and tireless stand against the NSA monstrosity and the national debt.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't agree with everything Paul says, and there are somethings that I'd like to hear a candidate address that he doesn't address here, but I found much that I agreed with, much that was thought provoking, and the delivery and tone makes the senator feel like someone I could hold a reasonable, substantive discussion with whether we agreed or not. THAT is something I've not said or felt about any politician in a long time. I wish it was a trait I encountered more I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't agree with everything Paul says, and there are somethings that I'd like to hear a candidate address that he doesn't address here, but I found much that I agreed with, much that was thought provoking, and the delivery and tone makes the senator feel like someone I could hold a reasonable, substantive discussion with whether we agreed or not. THAT is something I've not said or felt about any politician in a long time. I wish it was a trait I encountered more often.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Biser

    I am very impressed with Senator Rand Paul, or as he is known to the people of Guatemala where he did volunteer eye surgeries, Doctor Pablo. I wish he were now running for President. Unfortunately, we U.S. citizens damned to the 2016 presidential race are forced to choose between two poor options, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Reality sounds like the punchline to a bad joke! Biographically, Rand Paul is interesting. I enjoyed learning more about this man.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Casandra Hassett

    I love reading these books written by politicians. Well at least the ones I agree with. And this one I mostly agree with. The chapter that I really loved was Chapter 9: Government Overreach. This chapter quite frankly made my skin crawl. To think of this chapter in more recent breakthrough context of the Wikileaks information makes me really dislike my government. I know that that was not the intent of the author but that's how I felt. I love reading these books written by politicians. Well at least the ones I agree with. And this one I mostly agree with. The chapter that I really loved was Chapter 9: Government Overreach. This chapter quite frankly made my skin crawl. To think of this chapter in more recent breakthrough context of the Wikileaks information makes me really dislike my government. I know that that was not the intent of the author but that's how I felt.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    Perhaps an electable libertarian. Definitely a good read to understand Rand's positions on everything from healthcare, NSA invasion of privacy, foreign policy, unfair minority incarceration, the environment, and education. Clearly not a Washington insider who has convictions regarding individual liberty and the failed policies of an over-reaching federal government. Perhaps an electable libertarian. Definitely a good read to understand Rand's positions on everything from healthcare, NSA invasion of privacy, foreign policy, unfair minority incarceration, the environment, and education. Clearly not a Washington insider who has convictions regarding individual liberty and the failed policies of an over-reaching federal government.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hans Voorn

    While Rand has some good ideas, it is obvious he was running for President at the time this was written. He jabs at President Obama and Hillary in obvious partisan Fox-like rhetoric and it falls flat after a few chapters. Libertarian ideas have their place but his father did a better job of selling them than Rand does in this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Bale

    A book with a message I really needed to hear amidst the divisiveness that was the 2016 election season. I was a fan of Rand prior to reading this book and, to be fair, probably liked the book to the extent I did because I met him in-person at the book signing when I bought it. Regardless, I thought he was one of the more upstanding politicians in Congress and had a genuine message to share.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I would give Taking a Stand 3.5 stars if Goodreads allowed half stars. I like Rand Paul and agree with many of his stances and ideas, but there was not much new here. This book would be better suited to someone just discovering the Kentucky senator.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Basically a plug for his campaign, but I really like Mr. Paul's ideas. He's innovative and brings a fresh new perspective to Republican politics. It's a real shame he's going to be drowned out by the same old GOP. He would have had my vote. Basically a plug for his campaign, but I really like Mr. Paul's ideas. He's innovative and brings a fresh new perspective to Republican politics. It's a real shame he's going to be drowned out by the same old GOP. He would have had my vote.

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