Who knew that politicians were such great and long-winded talkers? Okay… We all did but Senator Rand Paul truly put his talents of talking to the test with his filibuster on the Senate floor this week. While John “I forgot what I stand for” McCain was dining at fancy restaurants and criticizing what he called a political stunt, Paul stood firm for nearly thirteen hours of filibustering. His goal was not to simply discredit another Obama cabinet nominee, though that motive may have been enough. His political posturing was an ode to civil liberties. As he spent that over half a day talking, the goal as he affirms it was to delay the Senate confirmation on the Obama nominee for CIA director, John Brennan. Brennan has supported the drone campaign of the Obama Administration as a technique for seeking and destroying enemies before proper Miranda Rights are given.

Political posturing for personal gain or not, this action by Senator Paul begs bigger question: why are more of our statesmen not so outreached by the use of drones and, specifically, their potential to be used on American soil. Of course, we all want to be protected from outside enemies (insert gun control debate here). But the idea that the government of the United States could potentially have the power to strike down civilians, native citizens to this country using a drone is a bit scary and unsettling. Sure, there are some of you out there that may think this would never happen and maybe you are right. But it is in the real possibility that it could occur that the real fear should develop. When we give away our rights, we may never retain them again. When we give power to the government, we can kiss gaining that power back goodbye. So, though I do not agree with Senator Paul on everything, I am glad that someone stood up to the machine that is President Obama… even if only for the thirteen hours he was able to keep his vocal chords active.

Comments

  • marshport

    I think Rand Paul did a courageous thing and it’s unfortunate that John McCain and Lindsey Graham were so quick to condemn Paul and his filibuster. More signs of Republicans trying to prevent themselves from winning national elecions. Maybe South Carolinians will find a true conservative to challenge in their primary Graham next year.

  • Anonymous

    Paul is a patriot and did the right thing. He didn’t have many on his side at the beginning of his filibuster but he had many at the end, including a Democrat.

    Paul was speaking because at the start of this week Holder said Obama DID have the authority to kill Americans at will on just the suspicion of being a terrorist and no due process required. It was only because of this filibuster that the administration backed off of this stance.

  • Cordeiro

    So let me get this straight: Senator Paul spent thirteen hours venting about the “possibility” of drones being used on American citizens on American soil – an act that has yet to take place. He settled for a piece of paper stating that the President of the United States doesn’t have the authority to use such measures against American citizens on American soil.

    Bear in mind this statement comes signed by Eric Holder – a man who I wouldn’t trust to tell me the color of the sky at night.

    Also bear in mind the fact their are innumerable possibilities of what the government of the United States could do against Americans in America. Check out any conspiracy-theory internet sites if you lack imagination. Shall we have equally worthless signed declarations from a corrupt Attorney General for each and every possible abuse of government power?

    I am no fan of the Paul clan. I find Ron Paul to be a bona-fide loony toon specficially on issues of national security. His son Rand has gone another bridge too far in that he made me agree with Lindsay Graham – and that is truly despicable.