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Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul called President Obama's criticism of BP oil "un-American." Do you agree?

Asked by Dr_Dredd (10528points) May 21st, 2010

He said, “What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP’. I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business.”

What do you think? Is criticizing business “un-American”?

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lilikoi's avatar

Companies need to be held accountable.

dpworkin's avatar

Rand Paul is discovering what happens when someone’s fringe views get to be better known outside his base. He’s over.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The BP idiots have screwed up and it’s affecting the entire gulf region, plus now that the slick is out to the loop current, the East coast as well. Screw them they should do jail time.

lilikoi's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Agree. And they should finance the entire clean up.

cookieman's avatar

No. His rhetoric is yesterday’s news. BP needs to have their throat stood on.

tinyfaery's avatar

Who gives a shit what this racist idiot thinks?

Qingu's avatar

Of course it’s un-American to criticize business!

Why, we shouldn’t even have government. We should just let Wal-Mart, British Petroleum and Goldman Sachs run things. The American way.

marinelife's avatar

BP has not been forthcoming about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf. They said it was 5,000 barrels a day. Then that little bitty pipe they put in was capturing 5,000 barrels a day, which BP said was 1/5 the pil spilling from that hole.

All of this after Rand Paul’s ludicrous statement regarding the Civil Rights legislation. How this guy could even have made it through the primary is beyond me. Very scary!

dpworkin's avatar

BP has actively refused scientists and oceanographers access to the spill in order to prevent anyone getting an accurate flow rate. I don’t imagine that means there is less oil than they have admitted to.

cookieman's avatar

I feel these right-wing accusations of being “un-American” are simply code for liberal-commie-pinko-nigger-not one “us”.

janbb's avatar

I’d love to see Obama take the whole fuckin’ company down but it ain’t gonna happen. The whole thing makes me sick.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I think he’s overstating things a bit to drum up attention for himself, to put it mildly. If it can be found that any responsibility for the mess is BP’s, then they should pay for their share of the mess.

And Rand knows that. I doubt anyone is that stupid.

Nothing like a little hyperbole to liven up a campaign, eh?

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I doubt anyone is that stupid.

I don’t know about that. Never underestimate the power of stupidity when it comes to politics.

dpworkin's avatar

He isn’t the least bit stupid. His problem is that he is doctrinaire, and hasn’t let learned to hide it. That is a rookie mistake, which he will not make again.

filmfann's avatar

Isn’t BP British Petroleum? It’s not American to knock a British company? I honesty thought they weren’t American.

Strauss's avatar

BP was British Petroleum before they took over merged with Amoco (American Oil Company). Now they’re just BP. Beyond Petroleum my ass foot!

Silhouette's avatar

Remember when Americans renamed french fries, freedom fries? This country is fucking embarrassing.

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