WILLIAMSBURG — Although he has just recovered from a lung issue he was treated for earlier this month, U.S. Senator Rand Paul was the guest speaker for Tuesday’s Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon.
The luncheon was held at the Tourism and Convention Center in Williamsburg.
Senator Paul, who was also a guest speaker for the chamber last September, covered topics such as poverty, healthcare and government spending Tuesday before answering questions from guests about gun control and tariffs.
Paul’s opening remarks mentioned how grateful he is for beginning to heal from an attack in 2017 and how the media and specifically social media hasn’t always been supportive in this area.
He was quick to say the media gets that there is anger and violence in the country but Paul said the media only points in one direction, the direction that blames Trump for everything. While all of that is in fact going on Paul said that there are still good things happening but added that good news doesn’t sell.
“Most media, they’re always promoting that we hate each other or that there’s tension,” he said. “There isn’t so much anger in Washington as the media makes it out. The problem we have, though, is in a country of 330 million people if we’re stoking this anonymous anger, eventually there is going to be someone who is a sociopath.”
However, Paul said there’s never ever been a better time to be alive.
Paul went on to quote some statistics to back up his statement.
First Paul noted the numbers of the global lifespan.
“We’ve doubled the lifespan in the last 100 years,” said Paul.
He also mentioned childhood mortality, adding that those numbers have plummeted.
Another statistic Paul mentioned during his address was the economic growth, adding that it’s increased. However on the other side of the coin Paul discussed the problem with healthcare and insurance.
Paul said as community members try to figure out how we treat each other better, have less violence, get along and at least hear each other out, we have to try to figure out what we think the job of our representative is.
“We have to figure out what job we want from our representative,” said Paul. “I think our job is not always to say I’m going to pass legislation for you, but maybe our job is to defend your liberty against bad legislation or against a government that goes too far in one direction.”
Paul closed by saying that sometimes it’s better to not get brand new legislation all the time but sometimes it’s more important to defend citizens' rights and liberties.