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(RepublicanWire.org) – Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican with a strong libertarian streak, has issued a warning to Americans after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently invoked a little-used law to break up the “Freedom Convoy” trucker protest in Ottawa.

In an interview with a political podcast that was released on Sunday, Paul compared Canada’s “Emergencies Act” to similar laws on the books in the United States, noting that a number of ‘national emergencies’ currently in effect were initially declared years ago and are simply renewed by presidents annually without debate for fanfare.

“I think statutes that allow presidents or heads of state to invoke emergencies are very, very dangerous,” said Paul during an episode of the BASED Politics program.

“We have the same sort of statutes here, and I have long-time been an opponent of these. We actually have in the United States an Emergency Act that allows the president to shut down the internet,” he said.

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Several Canadian civil liberties groups have also spoken out against Trudeau after he invoked the Emergencies Act to cut off funding for “Freedom Convoy” truckers, freeze their bank accounts and crack down on the lingering demonstrations in Ottawa. The trucker protest has been largely cleared from the Canadian capital, but Trudeau has not yet relaxed the state of emergency.

Paul explained how he failed in his attempt to corral anti-Trump Democrats into an alliance with libertarian-leaning Republicans to strike down such emergency power legislation during the Trump administration.

“[Sen.] Mike Lee had some reforms that he put forward on the Emergency Act, and it’s something we should look at, because these things go on and on,” Paul continued. “There are some emergencies in the U.S. that have been going on for many, many decades. And the president can just renew them every year. There’s no real stopping him.”

The Kentucky senator went on to point out how he tweeted Feb. 16 that Canada had transformed itself into Egypt, where he said President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has been extending his emergency powers so he could arbitrarily detain or target political opponents.

“And so the emergency edict that Trudeau has done in Canada allows him to do some horrendous things, allows him to stop travel, allows him to detain people without trial. Now we don’t know that he’s going to do that, but it is very, very worrisome what he might do,” Paul said.

Canadian groups have also pushed back on Trudeau’s emergency declaration.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has said that despite the disruption caused by the trucker’s protests, that did not rise to the level of standard needed for the prime minister to invoke the Emergencies Act. The group said that the law exists for “the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada” and only for actions that “cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.”

That said, the Canadian parliament voted Monday to support Trudeau’s declaration, with two left-wing factions coming together in order to pass the measure.

“Even though the prime minister was allowed to use the powers authorized under the Emergencies Act immediately, parliamentary approval is required within seven days for the declaration to be valid. Canada’s Senate must also vote on whether it approves the use of emergency powers, though no date has been set,” the Washington Post reported.

“The Emergencies Act is not something to undertake lightly, and it’s something that needs to be momentary, temporary and proportional,” Trudeau said ahead of the vote.

(RepublicanWire.org) – In a new report titled “The Hidden Tax,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) detailed the impact of inflation on low and middle-income households and small businesses.

The Republican ranking member on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship warned that rising prices would only “get worse” while blaming Congress COVID-19 relief spending for the 7% inflation.

Speaking on Fox News Digital, Paul reiterated the overall sentiment in his report, mentioning how everything from gas to rent and basics like food, clothing, and electricity had increased, adding that Congress had to realize that “further spending at this time of rapidly rising prices is only going to continue the trend of rising prices on this nation’s already vulnerable businesses and families.”

The 18-page report, which relies on publicly available price indexes, exposes the extent to which essential goods have surged in price over the last year.

The report also references a public opinion study by Gallup revealing households earning less than $40,000 have been impacted most by inflation. In contrast, households with an income of $100,000 haven’t been as severely affected.

Paul also highlights how small businesses –– with thin margins –– would suffer a “fatal blow” from “sustained inflation” compared to larger corporations that can rely on their “economies of scale.”

The Kentucky Republican also notes that the government’s “$4.9 trillion in COVID-19 stimulus spending” caused this inflation, before remarking that initially intended as “a form of relief” for lower and middle-income families and small businesses, the packages have resulted in Americans “paying a ‘hidden tax.’”

As a long-time and outspoken critic of Congress’s pandemic spending, Paul has now criticized how the unity in 2020 surrounding the massive congressional spending would not guarantee “virtuous outcomes.” Writing in his report that in this instance, the agreement to spend $4.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief has “left Americans with the most difficult economic conditions in recent history,” before adding that “This crisis is one of our own making.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – A Republican senator who was censored by YouTube for posting COVID-19 “misinformation” is demanding an apology from the site. Not surprisingly, the CDC in its latest guidance is saying what sounds suspiciously like what led to the senator being censored.

Last year, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) posted a video to YouTube in which he said cloth masks were useless for preventing the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. YouTube reacted furiously, accusing Paul of violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy. The social media site took down the video and suspended his account.

Now fast forward a few months. On January 14, the CDC issued new guidance on masks – and they admit cloth masks “provide the least protection” – just like Paul said last year. Instead, the agency recommends people wear surgical masks or respirators if they want solid protection against catching or passing on the coronavirus.

Following the CDC announcement, Paul took to Twitter to ask if YouTube’s “mean snot-nosed censors” would now be visiting his office to “kiss my … and admit I was right.” At the time, Paul said the suspension was “a badge of honor” – but it’s now clear his video wasn’t misinformation at all, and while he’s unlikely to get an apology from YouTube, he certainly deserves one.

The midterm elections are less than a year away and Republicans are already gunning to regain control over Congress. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shared an especially enthusiastic outlook of the party’s future during a recent episode of his father’s “Liberty Report” podcast, making comments that suggested the GOP would in fact manage to win back seats. The pair also blasted NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, vowing retribution for a long list of pandemic-related transgressions.

Did Fauci Contribute to Deaths?

During the exchange with his father, Rand blasted Fauci for contributing to pandemic-related deaths early and often. The Kentucky leader feels the doctor’s staunch refusal to show support for well-known COVID-19 treatments, the role of natural immunity, and the right to remain unvaccinated, likely contributed to thousands of deaths.

He also had plenty to say after his father asked whether he believed the pandemic started as a result of some kind of conspiracy. He stopped short of agreeing with that point, but did suggest it had become a sort of philosophy — especially for Fauci.

“I think Fauci is of the philosophy vaccines are incredibly successful,” he explained. “If you’re not vaccinated you’re unclean… a leper.”

Rand Paul Vows to End Fauci’s Reign

Partway through the podcast, former Congressman Ron Paul asked his son a pointed question: just how much of an issue will Dr. Anthony Fauci represent for politicians participating in the 2022 midterm elections?

Rand, for his part, didn’t mince words. He says the NIAID leader will remain a “huge” concern — one he aims to address in a big way if he manages to win.

Rand Paul explained stepping back into Congress would immediately allow him to become a chairman on an unspecified committee. That would effectively grant him the right to issue subpoenas requesting information on Fauci, his pandemic contributions, the suspected origins of coronavirus, and gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“They White it All Out”

Rand also suggested there are serious issues with the transparency right now in the exchange of pandemic-related information. He claims officials often request data only to receive documents that are either completely or partially redacted.

“They send us records if we ask about their discussions, about covering up where the virus came from…they white it all out.”

Paul stated the documents are likened to a blank piece of paper. He vowed to investigate the issue and take them to task for it.

As for what might happen, should that come to pass? Rand has a strong prediction about the future there, too. He’s not only confident the GOP will win, but also says the much-maligned doctor will likely retire as a result.

Democrats have jammed a lot of crazy things into the latest COVID-19 relief bill. Among them is abortion funding, which would have accomplished a dream of the Left — government-funded baby killing. Fortunately, Rand Paul stepped up and put a stop to it.

A provision of the bill would have allowed what is effectively the Walmart of abortion to receive money through the Paycheck Protection Program, which is intended to keep small businesses afloat during the pandemic. The plan would have treated each Planned Parenthood location as “separate and distinct entities,,” making them each eligible for taxpayer money.

“Democrats knew this was never about COVID relief or helping small businesses,” Paul says. “It was a shameless attempt to fund their radical agenda on the taxpayers’ backs, and I was successful in preventing that from happening by stopping these funds from going to abortion mills.”

Fox reports that Paul reminded his fellow lawmakers of the original intent of the PPP which is to “limit large and well-financed groups from receiving a loan and instead provide relief to small businesses affected by COVID-19.” Ultimately. the provision that would have waived certain rules that Paul says would “only benefit” Planned Parenthood was removed from the bill.

“While Congressional Republicans continue to focus on baseless political attacks in the middle of a public health crisis, Planned Parenthood health centers across the country continue to provide essential healthcare in their communities,” the abortion provider said in a tantrum following the decision.

Rand Paul helped to avert disaster. Unfortunately for Democrats, they don’t possess the numbers to just shove through whatever they want. There are still enough patriots around to keep the Left from hurting the country with their crazy and unethical special interests.