His most recent gaffe--or expression of his honest viewpoints---was his dissatisfaction with an important part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, stating that private businesses have no need to be prevented from discriminating against African-Americans.
He also considers criticism of the recent massive oil spill by the BP Corporation in the Gulf of Mexico as "un-American".
He favors almost no regulation of firearms, going even further than the National Rifle Association in making it all too easy for people to get a gun without a background check.
In the past he has stated that the USA, Canada and Mexico will secretly become part of a greater North American nation with the "Amero" as a common currency. Andthat a secret highway is being built from Texas to the Canadian border that will be without any traditional state control.
He is in the tradition of the Pat Buchanan/Rush Limbaugh school of inciting people who feel disaffected by the uncertain future that recessions bring about, with a revisionist view of the past where all was well and minorities and women knew their place and big business can be entrusted implicitly--even when they, like the BP Company, pollute the environment or run the economy into a ditch with their fanaticism for playing clever casino games with other people's money.
Rand is the type of politician that says outrageous things and, when called to task for saying them, turns about and goes on the offensive, blaming the "liberal media" for the crime of reporting the shocking things he says as what they are--the shocking ravings of a man who has been so immured by his own hard-libertarian mind-set.
He craves an American past where white males have controls over all the institutions of business and government.
He knows that there are many others out there who share his views. To trick is always to just say enough in code words to draw in the hotheads and still keep the sensible flock in line and not worried that the man they just voted for is in way over his head.
That is a task Rand Paul failed to do this week, just days after his election night victory in Kentucky. He clearly is in over his head, clearly out of touch with a modern America where Civil Rights are no longer the subject of debate and no one with a lick of sense should expect to trust any large profit-driven institution unless there is basic regulatory oversight.