Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, is, according to the Times, trying to take libertarianism mainstream. My interest in him comes in the reference to Rush, whose chief lyricist, drummer Neal Peart, is an avowed libertarian.
The Times wrote, "Rand was engrossed in his own course of libertarian study: He received a set of Ayn Rand novels for his 17th birthday. And he followed the rock band Rush, some of whose lyrics had libertarian themes.
"Gary L. Gardner Jr., a high school friend, said: 'I remember even back then being on a swim team bus and a Rush song comes on. I think it was the song ‘Trees’ — and he said, ‘Man, listen to the words of this, you know those guys have got to be conservative.’
" 'The Trees' tells the story of maples, overshadowed by tall oaks, that form a union to bring equality to the woods 'by hatchet, ax and saw.' "
-- Phillip Tutor