And to think I once imagined that Lindsey Graham was straight, at least when it came to being a conservative who believes in limited Government. Nope. He is a closet authoritarian dressed in drag as a “conservative.” Confronted with the choice of defending the Constitution, which stipulates that the Government cannot barge into your house without a warrant (and, by extension, cannot launch a drone on your ass), or surrendering to using the fear of Islam to justify total war on everyone, including Americans suspected of Islamic ties, Lindsey, and his butt buddy, John McCain, chose the fear option.
McCain’s decision to embrace Graham’s position of giving the Federal government unfettered power with such intense passion is a bit surprising. I did not fully appreciate that McCain, like Graham, is a political cross-dresser. I always thought McCain had it right on waterboarding. He understood firsthand what torture is and the effect on the human psyche. But, in a curious switcheroo, he now sees not problem using lethal force in the United States against a US citizen without worrying about due process. He wants us to trust Obama on drones but not water boarding? Very queer. I guess he now believes that the end justifies the means.
Both McCain and Graham took to the Senate floor today to excoriate Rand Paul. But Paul, unlike Graham and McCain, is not going to bend over and submit himself to an act of political sodomy from these two. Nope.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted fellow GOP Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, saying the two “think the whole world is a battlefield.”
Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Paul’s statements about drone policy during the Kentucky Republican’s nearly 13-hour filibuster on Thursday.
“They think the whole world is a battlefield, including America, and that the laws of war should apply,” Paul said in an interview on Fox News about McCain and Graham, who had described Paul’s comments about drones as “ridiculous.”
“The laws of war don’t involve due process, so when they ask you for an attorney you tell them to shut up. That’s not my understanding of the way America works,” Paul told
Fox. “I don’t think the laws of war apply to America, I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it’s a disservice to our soldiers that our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren’t important.”
Paul said whether drones can be used against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil is a “very serious question” and was at the root of Wednesday’s filibuster, which delayed a final confirmation vote on John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to lead the CIA.
This does not mean I agree with Rand Paul on every issue. But he is showing himself to be a man of principle. He is not grandstanding for the sake of getting in tight with all of the good old boys of the Republican Senate. The unseemly criticism by Graham and McCain smacked more of envy and presented those two Senators as a couple of buffoons.
Graham did earn one thing today. When it comes time for his re-election I will be sure to donate to his opponent, regardless of party. Graham really needs to come out of the closet and give up the “I am a conservative act.” It really is queer behavior on his part.