10 great movie quotes Rand Paul should plagiarize

Salon's recommendations for the film buff from Kentucky

By Katie McDonough - Daniel D'Addario - Elias Isquith

Published October 29, 2013 9:39PM (EDT)

Rand Paul                          (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)
Rand Paul (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)

In light of the news that Rand Paul may have plagiarized parts of two recent speeches from the Wikipedia pages of "Gattaca" and "Stand and Deliver," Salon decided to develop a list of conservative talking points that the senator from Kentucky could lift from other great films.

These are our recommendations.

On the welfare state:

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers to feed and clothe other people.

On reproductive rights:

Life, which begins at conception, moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

On Ayn Rand:

Say what you want about the tenets of objectivism, dude, at least it’s an ethos.

On the environmental fallout from mountaintop destruction:

              Frankly, EPA, I don't give a damn.

On Republican unity and defeating Obamacare:

Sons of Ronald Reagan! Of Ayn Rand ! My brothers! ... A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship by conceding defeat on Obamacare, but it is not this day.

On the rise of Chris Christie:

Powerful you have become; the dark side I sense in you, RINO.

On the need to return to the gold standard:

Gold, gentlemen, which can be melted down and recast, is virtually untraceable ... making it, unlike diamonds, ideal for spending.

On the Keystone XL pipeline:

Drainage! … If you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a giant pipeline ... and my giant pipeline reaches across the continent, and starts to drink your milkshake, I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

On pork:

That’ll do, Congress. That’ll do.

On the need to return the party to the values espoused by President Reagan:

Sometime when the party is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper.


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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