Sisyphus, not Atlas
Individualists and libertarians tend to like Ayn Rand's image of Atlas, holding the world on his shoulders and then shrugging it off. But I think Rand Paul — seriously that name similarity is too convenient — is Sisyphus, not Atlas. He just keeps rolling the stone up that hill. For brief moments when others ask him questions or butt in, he sees his stone rolling down the hill and feels free. But then he must roll it back up the hill again.
Keep on rollin', Rand.