Which possible Republican 2016 Presidential contender can successfully pull off a trip to the liberal hotbed of Silicon Valley? Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. According to The Blaze, he spoke both privately and publicly, discussing political concerns that are pertinent in the Valley.
Paul, speaking at the Lincoln Labs Reboot Conference for conservatives and libertarians, declared:
… Don’t be depressed with how bad government is. Use your ingenuity, use your big head to think of solutions the marketplace can figure out, that the idiots and trolls in Washington will never come up with.
He seeks to tap into the libertarian streak in Silicon Valley, many of whom supported Rand Paul’s father, Dr. Ron Paul.
Paul noted the dangers and frustrations many in Silicon Valley have experienced due to enlarged NSA power:
Most of the people I meet out here say … ‘the government has gone too far, we need to protect the Fourth Amendment, a warrant should have a person’s name on it, it shouldn’t be non-specific or cover millions of people.
He also said:
I think after eight years of President Obama they’re also frustrated that the big government regulations and taxes hasn’t necessarily been good for Silicon Valley.
Paul also spoke on the role the government has had in innovation, noting that it’s not nearly as much as some make it out to be
It’s the same with the Internet. Does the government have something to do with it? Sure, much like they built some of the roads I came here on today. But the government didn’t make you good at coding, calculus or math; the roads didn’t do that. I’m not against the government being involved, but if mistakenly think the roads cause genius, we’re really screwed up.
How receptive will Silicon Valley be to Paul’s message? Can Paul’s message that blends conservatism and libertarianism resonate even there?
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