Sen. Rand Paul: My filibuster was just the beginning
If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor Wednesday, I would‚Äôve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, ‚ÄúI rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan‚Äôs nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ and I meant it.
I wanted to sound an alarm bell from coast to coast. I wanted everybody to know that our Constitution is precious and that no American should be killed by a drone without first being charged with a crime. As Americans, we have fought long and hard for the Bill of Rights. The idea that no person shall be held without due process, and that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted, is a founding American principle and a basic right....
Anyone who thinks drones won't be used against American citizens in this country is not only naive, but is not paying attention. Drones are already being used in this country!
The Department of Homeland Security along with many local law enforcement agencies are using drones for surveilence. And many more drones are already on order. Many county sheriffs in the country are using Federal grants to purchase drones. There is even talk about the civilian use of drones.
WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!! The Bill of Rights is being shredded!
I rarely have a reason to say anything really good about the Pauls but this article makes me say, "Food work Senator Paul!" Column One: Moral relativism and jihad Now, I really doubt he is much more interested in the fate of Israel than his father is --but-- he probably knew this sale of fighter planes to Egypt was not in the best interests of the United States, since they're only use as far as the Egyptians are concerned is to attack America's ally, Israel. So while I don't expect Senator Paul to turn into a Christian Zionist, q.v., Christian Zionists: The Real Terrorists? It is still good to see that the Republicans had the good sense to notice the various bad elements in this sale of weaponry.
Rufus may I point out, "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."--Mark Twain
"The problem with political jokes is they get elected."--Henry Cate VII
While this sums it up quite well, I would think most Fifth graders know that the CIA can't work within this country. Most Senators who have the mentality and knowledge of a fourth grader would know that the Army can work within American borders -- unless martial law is declared.
Stop voting for ignorant infantiles, there has got to be some Conservatives with some knowledge and sense that can run for government offices? Unfortunately many moderates see the goofiness of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party influence in the Republican Party, and the leftest thinking in the Democratic Party. But one does need the "Cliff Notes," article to see that Mr. Paul wasn't just blowing smoke, at least for the need of transparency--which Liberals also believe there's a need for.
Senator John McCain said or wrote: They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,‚ÄĚ McCain said. ‚ÄúBut I also think that when, you know, it‚Äôs always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.
I have to say on the PBS News Hour yesterday, even the commentators did point out that McCain has to work with this wacko in the future. So, some restraint on his part may have been called for. Of course it is utter nonsense that drones would (because they can't) be used on citizens in this country, but still some commentators think that Randy did a service in calling in more openness on the use drones.