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Rand Paul, Principled Libertarian/Conservative

God bless Rand Paul. He is doing his country a service by starting a filibuster to hold Obama’s feet to the fire over the issue of using drones in the United States and using drones to kill American citizens. This is an important, vital issue. The good news, there are some Democrats of principle–Ron Wyden in particular–who are speaking out in support of Paul and his position.

Sadly, most Democrats are playing deaf and dumb. Doing a pretty good imitation of Helen Keller. Back when Bush presided over Abu Ghraib and the internment of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo without any due process, Democrats were fit to be tied over the abuse of human rights. I shared their outrage. I spoke out against the war in Iraq. I spoke in support of my CIA colleague, Valerie Plame Wilson. In speaking out, I was not professing support of Democrats. I was speaking out about truth and right and wrong. I did not check party affiliation first.

I have been affiliated with the Republican Party for most of my life. So, imagine my surprise when I was pilloried by so-called conservatives and accused of being a liberal activist. But, I believe that the principles of limited government and personal freedom are not subordinate to party affiliation.

And now we have the shameful spectacle of Barack Obama and his Democrat sycophants.

Here is Clinton loyalist, Howard Wolfson, making up excuses for the inexcusable:

Allahpundit over at Hot Air captures my disgust with these hypocrites:

What’s newsworthy about this clip isn’t Wolfson’s gauge of public opinion, it’s his dismissive disdain for a guy like Paul who’s making precisely the sort of constitutional objections that would have made him a hero to the left during the Bush era. There is a way to pay lip service to liberal counterterrorism concerns circa 2006 while also doing your Democratic duty as a mindless partisan in defending Obama. He could say that Paul’s points are well taken, that he’s certainly right that we can’t ignore due process just to make things a bit easier for the president, but that in an age of terror the commander-in-chief must have the power to blah blah blah etc. You don’t get any of that here even though Wolfson’s on MSNBC, ground zero for Democratic civil-libertarian posturing during the Bush years. He feels perfectly comfortable telling a lefty audience flat out that Rand Paul’s a crank for worrying about the Constitution when everyone knows that the public trusts the guy who commands the military to do the right thing on assassinating citizens. Good work, guys.

The divergence between what Obama promised and what he is doing in practice is galling. Yet, his own party turns its head away, closes its eyes and muzzles its voice. Why? They prefer power over honor. They embrace wrong and evil in the name of staying in power, where they can feed and reward cronies.

Good on Rand Paul. He will have my vote and my money come next election.

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  • Nor Alexander

    The only thing Rand Paul cares about is increasing his profile ahead of his Presidential run in 2016. He is a complete blowhard.

    Did you even listen to what he said on during his 12 hour song and dance… he contradicted himself and had a very very narrow set of complaints.

    Libertarian = hypocrite = nut

    This is the guy who made a lot of money from his Medicare clients.

    If Paul was so concerned with all this then why did he support Romney (as with you LJ), who entire foreign policy was drawn up by the precise Necons who support and put together the drone program.

    The WSJ is 100% right on Rand Paul when the wrote:

    ”Senator Paul had written the White House to inquire about the possibility of a drone strike against a U.S. citizen on American soil. Attorney General Eric Holder replied that the U.S. hasn’t and “has no intention” to bomb any specific territory. Drones are limited to the remotest areas of conflict zones like Pakistan and Yemen. But as a hypothetical Constitutional matter, Mr. Holder acknowledged the President can authorize the use of lethal military force within U.S. territory.

    Calm down, Senator. Mr. Holder is right, even if he doesn’t explain the law very well. The U.S. government cannot randomly target American citizens on U.S. soil or anywhere else. What it can do under the laws of war is target an “enemy combatant” anywhere at anytime, including on U.S. soil.”

    The WSJ concluded:

    “if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously … he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324128504578344700320290068.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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    • HELENK2

      the Republicans have some new young future leaders in Paul, Ryan, Cruz, Rubio. some of the older Republicans have stayed too long at the fair.
      I do not see any future leaders in the Democratic party. Way too many older ones that have stayed too long at the fair.
      We are at a crossroad in this country. Where do we want to go from here?
      The democratic party has lost their way and I do not know if it will ever come back to being the party I believed in.
      The republican party has let the old guard dictate for too long and that needs to change.
      for the sake of the citizens of this country, I hope the right choices are made by both parties

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  • GeminiRising

    Rand Paul’s filibuster thrilled me to the bone. I never thought I’d see anyone in the Senate stand up for American values again.
    Finally, I’ve seen a real live patriot in action!

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    • Popsmoke

      Spot on! Thanks….

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    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/53621

    for all those who think that Rand Paul’s filibuster was unnecessary, a little bit of history. never be sure that it can not happen here

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    • getfitnow

      He was also on Rush’s show today.

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    http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2523535?slideout=1

    what did Rand Paul accomplish???
    A LOT

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    http://crayfisher.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/breaking-news-guess-who-blinked-first/#comment-136103

    Rand and America WON.

    White House sends answer NO .The president does not have the power to kill you without due process

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    http://www.therightscoop.com/now-john-mccain-goes-to-the-floor-and-slams-rand-pauls-filibuster-as-not-helpful-ridiculous/

    now John McCain goes to floor and slams Rand Paul’s filiabuster.

    POP
    I never thought I would agree with you but you are right on Graham and Mccain on this issue

    • HARP2

      McCAIN should have retired years ago……his brain did.

      • getfitnow

        McCain (and Graham) are beyond pathetic. They have forgotten the point of representative government.

    • KenoshaMarge

      The old guard trying to hang onto power is what I see. These dessicated old farts need to retire. Rand Paul and others of his generation are the future. McCain is the past.

      • Justine00

        So, why do you think Rubio ended up voting for Brennan’s confirmation, Marge?
        http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00032
        .

        • KenoshaMarge

          Haven’t a clue. Although there are many things I like about Rubio there are many I do not. And in the end, he’s a politician who will, at times, do what’s best for him and his party. I hope that’s not why he did it this time but the simplest answer is usually the right one.

          Just because he’s a part of the “new” guard as opposed do the “old” guard doesn’t mean he will be any better. Just different. Pardon my cynicism.
          In the end it’s up to the voters. And we ain’t doing such a good job IMHO.

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    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/a_government_to_be_feared.html

    a scary article that should make us all stop and think

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    President Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama comes distant 3rd in gubernatorial election in western Kenya – @politico

    Kenyans have more sense then obots

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    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/53624

    a really great article on the filibuster.

    when McConnell finally arrived it was like the GOP past shaking hands with the GOP future

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    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/03/07/did-rand-paul-ignite-an-american-awakening/

    Did Rand Paul ignite an American awakening???

    I hope so

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    • HARP2

      He`s just pissed that someone else is getting all the attention.

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    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/07/GOP-Senators-Who-Did-Not-Stand-With-Rand

    remember these names. the list of republicans that did not have the guts to stand and be counted. just could not make the congressional floor for the filibuster

  • HARP2

    Just a couple of weeks ago, all the lib trolls were bemoaning the fact that police didn`t give Chistopher Doner the opportunity to surrender.

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    stand with rand on twitter

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tds9okED_Qc

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    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/predictable-liberal-media-buries-rand-pauls-historic-11-hour-filibuster/

    this should anger every American. liberal media buries Rand Paul’s filibuster.

    this was an important moment for every American and they had the right to know about it

  • jrterrier

    I’m sorry that the filibuster has ended. I was hoping that he would go on through the night and for days to come.

    • getfitnow

      If he could have, he would have, I believe. 5 minutes short of 13 hours–defending Lady Liberty.

      Loved the props to Cassius Clay and god bless Sen. Rand Paul for standing up for our rights.

  • HARP2

    Former Obama White House advisor Van
    Jones on Wednesday showed his support for libertarian Sen. Rand Paul
    (R-Ky.) and the 11+ hour filibuster still happening on the Senate floor
    over potential drone strikes on U.S. soil.

    “Rand Paul is the MAN right now,” Jones tweeted.

    • http://lesstalkmoreactivism.blogspot.com/ Canaan

      Van Jones is full of shit. Jones led the campaign to fire Pat Buchanan from BSNBC. Jones cared nothing that Buchanan is a leading conservative who (1) opposed Iraq War, (2) opposes Iran pre-empt, (3) agrees with Ron Paul that U.S. imperialism is the root cause of terrorism, and (4) calls for cuts in defense spending. Jones attacked Buchanan because Buchanan’s idea of a ‘national conversation on race’ is not a one-sided lecture by Jones and Eric Holder. Anti-war is not a priority for Van Jones, his only priority is Communism.

      Jones is posturing on this filibuster because he thinks he should mask the glaring hypocrisy of the left — for the moment.

      • Popsmoke

        Pat Buchanan? Please the man needs to get a real life and stop his nonsense…

  • HARP2

    If a president can do this to an American citizen, with a drone, why not just go and shoot the bastard ? To Hell with due process. Hugo must be proud of Barry.

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    does anyone think this filibuster might just might be an eye opening jolt to the obots. So far only one democrat does not think that backtrack has the right to kill you with a drone.
    no answer from the white house, to say they do not have that right

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    While listening to Senators Rand, Cruz, and Rubio I am beginning to believe maybe my kids and grand kids and great grand kids will have a future in this country. I have not believed that for several years.
    there are some politicians that do believe that country comes before party always

  • HARP2

    I keep yelling at my TV. If you have a bad guy in your drone sights, that means you know where he is…….GO AND ARREST HIM FOR CHRIST`S SAKE.

  • getfitnow

    Wow…#StandWithRand is trending #3 worldwide!

    pic.twitter.com/eE6DywgJqa

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    Paul and Wyden: Does anyone recall such a thing? A Senator from the majority party joining the minority in a filibuster?

    • jrterrier

      Wyden also joined Paul Ryan with medicare reform.

  • politicsisdirty

    I am beginning to see a glimmer of hope for our country.

    More power to Senator Rand Paul and those like him. It is about time we start electing Doctors to fix whatever is ailing our country. Enough with politicians/lawyers/community organizers already….no disrespect to other lawyers who are doing a good job.

    • getfitnow

      It’s very interesting how this thing is rapidly picking up steam. Sure hope we see more of it.

    • getfitnow

      Maybe this is the glimmer of which you speak:

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      CODEPINK ‏@codepink

      We’ve been against drones since day 1. Thank you to #RandPaul for
      standing up for the rights of the American people. #Filiblizzard

      https://twitter.com/search?q=%23filiblizzard&src=hash

  • elizabethrc

    One of the worst and most disingenuous is the ‘nice guy’, Dem. Chris Van Hollen. He was on Bret Baer tonight and as usual, the first words out of his mouth were about Republicans doing this or not doing that. He plays Obama’s blame game but offers nothing constructive. If Dems spent less time falling all over themselves protecting Obama and spent a little more time protecting America FROM Obama, I’d breathe easier.
    Paul knows he will be pilloried, but he operates on principle, something Democrats can’t relate to. Bravo to him.

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      it has been many years since I was impressed by a politician. Rand Paul is impressive.Thank God for his courage to stand up and be counted. That is rare today

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    this is weird. Russians transporting vehicles with DHS logos in Tenn. Can someone give some info on it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVvvV2VSgew&feature=player_embedded

    • Popsmoke

      Helen,
      The women in the video is a typical idiot. Her trusted source is another idiot. SDFs do not have any legal powers to stop anything without direct orders from the Governor and they they would be the very last group any governor would use as the states tip of the spear. They have no authority to stop the federal government and especially DHS.
      As far as the russians are concerned…. Please refer to my second sentence above….

      • HELENK2

        thanks for the info. the whole thing just sounded so weird

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Hey Pop: I speak a little Russian. Where can I get myself a “DHS uniform?” And once I get one, can I start guillotining people in black boxcars located on railroad sidings in Wyoming using Japanese-made, lightweight aluminum guillotines? Just askin’.

        • Popsmoke

          Sorry there Retired.. DHS has prohibited the usage of guillotines because of US Union Steel Worker complaints for not following the Made in the USA rule. So your now limited to Drones only. As far as the Uniforms? skol ko deneg u tebya yest ?

  • HELENK2

    this should be shown in every classroom in every junior and senior high school in America. The what America is all about. I know that will not happen and that is a great loss to our kids. One man standing up and stating the founding principles of this country. Damn shame it is so rare in DC

    • getfitnow

      What’s a civics class? — lib teacher

      • HELENK2

        a relic

  • Popsmoke

    Good Post! But lets not also forget stupid asses like Lindsey Graham…

    “Graham posited his own hypothetical defending the President’s right to order lethal action on U.S. soil if, say, someone hijacked plane and flew it in the direction of a government building. The plane, Graham said, would surely be shot down.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=18669421

    And

    http://rt.com/usa/sen-lindsey-graham-says-us-drones-have-killed-nearly-5000-people-185/

    The man is off his rocker and needs to be defeated….