Recently, while talking with University of Louisville medical students, one of them asked Rand Paul what appeared to be a simple, almost throw away question, “The majority of med students here today have a comprehensive exam tomorrow. I’m just wondering if you have any last-minute advice.”
“Actually, I do,” said the Kentucky Senator, “I never, ever cheated. I don’t condone cheating. But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Misinformation can be very important".
Misinformation is very important? Does this apply to what Paul says about proposed legislation and already passed bills?
Wouldn't this make his pronouncements suspect?
He went on to describe studying for a pathology test with friends in the library.
“We spread the rumor that we knew what was on the test and it was definitely going to be all about the liver. We tried to trick all of our competing students into over-studying for the liver, and not studying much else. So, that's my advice. Misinformation works."
Having said this, he went on to explain the Affordable Care act.
Imagine that. He not only misled people for personal gain, but recently not only condoned it, and bragged about it, but he implied it was a good and acceptable practice.
Then there is this little tid-bit that may be a manifestation of this attitude.
Rand Paul’s pre-senate title was Doctor. He was a practicing ophthalmologist.
Most, if not all of us would feel more comfortable with someone working on an important body part like an eye who has been certified by some board or association made up of experts in the field. I am sure most of us, when sitting in the doctor’s office, look at the framed diplomas and certificates hanging on the walls to see what medical school the doctor went to, how long he/she attended it, and then who judged them competent enough to be practicing their field of medicine.
We probably feel better if professional documents were obtained from first rate places with certificates from established groups, as opposed, for example, finding we are getting spiritual advice from those whose ministries were bestowed by a web site for a $10 fee.
Rand Paul claims to be “board certified”. However, he isn’t certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, but he is certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology.
The former is the official board that certifies ophthalmologists in the United States, while the latter is an organization started by Rand Paul and whose president is his wife. He started his group when his original certification was up for renewal.
The ABO has certified 16,000 ophthalmologists to the NBO’s 7. Insurance companies are reluctant to cover people treated by Paul’s group.
But as Dr. Paul has stated, “This is a great tactic. Misinformation can be very important”.
Not saying there is a problem here, but you do have wonder why a guy who is proven to be a little shady would present himself as virtuous, and more so than many others.