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Mar 07 2013

Mr. Paul Goes to Washington

Yesterday we witnessed a coup d’état — not against the federal government, but against the useless Republican establishment. Meet the new boss, hopefully very different from the old bosses:

Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster Wednesday to bring attention to drone strikes turned into a committee affair, with a dozen other GOP senators coming to the chamber floor to help carry the speaking load by asking long-winded questions, giving Mr. Paul a chance to rest his voice and stretch his legs as the others spoke.

Paul’s marathon denunciation of the Obama Regime’s assertion of the authority to kill American citizens on American soil with drones without due process proves that there are still a handful of politicians in Washington who are not fundamentally hostile to everything this country stands for.

Other Senators who stepped up for liberty by spelling Paul prominently include Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), with some backup from Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tim Scott (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

So far as I know, Ron Wyden (D-OR) was the only Democrat Senator to object to the Obama Regime raining extrajudicial death from the sky upon American citizens in their own country.

As for the Old Guard moderates who have led the GOP into the wilderness:

While the filibuster, televised live on TV, captured the attention of conservatives and libertarians, for much of official Washington the bigger event was on the other side of town, where President Obama held an old-style closed-door dinner with Republican lawmakers, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Let’s hope they enjoyed their extremely pricey meal. Meanwhile, Rand Paul ate their lunch.

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On tips from G. Fox and metprof.

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  • metprof

    Actually I think Ron Wyden (D-OR) also participated.

  • Zim

    I’m guessing Sen. Rand has moved up a few notches on Obama’s kill list.

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    Zim
    What are the odds a stray drone follows him home from work ?

  • Comrade J

    Well that was productive. Cudos to Ron Wyden, rep senators and well done Senator Rand Paul. Thanks to all who supported them.

    On a related note, I think I finally figured out what bothered me so much about Rand’s Dad. Paulbots, please listen this out before exploding. And yes I know you may disagree even afterwards, but if you want to understand why other conservatives mistrust of Ron Paul, this is why (at least in my case).

    Ron Paul likely has his heart in the right place, but on some issues head in the wrong one [he’s absolutely correct on others]. Let me elaborate.

    Ron Paul believes that morality is unnecessary for the Republic. This is contrary to everything Founders taught. (and they taught that because History demonstrates it time and time again). Morality is indispensable to the healthy republic. If you need an example of common sense devoid of morality look no further than Chris Cristy.

    Without morality this will be a blood bath if it comes to blows. (Lord save us from that). And while the libtards will loose badly, the republic will not stand.

  • Flu-Bird

    IMPEACH OBAMA,BIDEN and HOLDER over this

  • metprof

    Just phoned his office in Bowling Green to express my support. The lines to all the offices were busy and it took a bit to get through.

  • wingmann

    I watched/listened to that for hours…it was awesome!
    A beacon of hope for the Republic and the citizens.

    and on a sad note….WHY ISN’T E V E R Y O N E UP THERE STANDING WITH THESE GUYS???

    We shouldn’t even be having this conversation in the USA.

    Sad indeed.

  • Skyfall

    Rand has caved on some important issues, and I basically wrote him off. With this filibuster, he has shown some backbone. There is now just one problem:

    No one heard or saw it. If you watched Fox News, yeah…but the mainstream media gave it two seconds, and then moved on to The Anointed One’s latest Great Speech.

    Ironic that the title of this post was “Mr. Paul Goes To Washington”. Like Jeff Smith, the “Taylor Machine” is making sure nothing he says gets to the people.

    “I guess this is just another lost cause Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for and he fought for them once. For the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule. Love thy neighbor. And in this world today of great hatred a man who knows that rule has a great trust. You know that rule Mr. Paine and I loved you for it just as my father did. And you know that you fight harder for the lost causes than for any others. Yes you’d even die for them. Like a man we both knew Mr. Paine. You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well I’m not licked. And I’m gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause. Even if this room gets filled with lies like these. And the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me. Some…”

  • ED357

    It’s just “damage control”…..

    republiCAN’T are just as dirty, rotten, worthless pieces of $hit as the DEMocRATS……

    neither believe in the individual nor the Constitution…..

    both parties will trample on either one to get some pork or pet project funded…..

    As far as Rand Paul…..didn’t he just vote to confirm Hagel???

    0bama keeps promising things to the republiCAN’TS …..to get them to compromise and do what he wants…..then he just “shines” them on…..

    You know what they say about people that keep doing the same thing and expecting different results……RIGHT?

  • Ummah Gummah

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    Just to remind everyone, Rand Paul voted YES on Hagel.

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  • RobM1981

    On September 11, the President of the United States – GW Bush – scrambled US Air Force fighter aircraft with the intent of shooting down Commercial Aircraft, if necessary.

    Everyone agreed it was a shitty situation, but it would also be necessary if another aircraft was targeting another major civilian and/or government target.

    And none of you idiots challenged the legality of it.

    This is no different. Whether it’s a drone, an F-22, or an RCT, it’s all the same.

    You people are idiots. This has been a legal option for pretty much ever. George Washington personally squashed the Whiskey Rebellion using Federal Troops, who would have absolutely fired upon US Citizens.

    Grow up, put on your big boy pants, and stop whining about something that has existed since the birth of the republic.

  • Skyfall

    The Hagel thing is VERY troubling. I like what Paul did, I think it was gutsy, but he is by NO means perfect.

    ED357 is a little extreme, but it’s damn hard to argue with the nut of what he says. The only thing I can say is that we gotta move forward somehow, and we must have the best people available. I wish we could totally replace everyone there, but that isn’t likely. I guess I would take a Rand Paul over a Barack or Pelosi or Reid any day.

    That Hagel thing, though…

  • Skyfall

    (I like what Paul did vis a vis the FILIBUSTER, not Hagel!)

    As to RobM, shut up…and if you can’t, try to update your cliches. “Big boy pants”? You can do better. I know you can!

  • StanInTexas

    RobM, you obviously do not know the difference between an imminent threat and illegal act.

    Your impotent lectures are getting more laughable.

  • Dr. 9

    With people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, those of us who truly love this country, and want to stop it from continuing on it’s path to full Marxism, should feel really good. Unfortunately, only three of them is not nearly enough, especially when progressive RINOS like Juan McLoser and Lindsey (lens-lice) Graham are standing in their way.

    Is Rand Paul perfect? No, but neither is anyone else.

  • Jodie

    What Rand Paul did was great and I commend him for it, but what about John Brennan being a Muslim? Shouldn’t we be concerned about that? Is anyone asking about that in these hearings?

  • snuss

    @RobM1981: You are comparing apples and oranges.

    The 9/11 attacks were just that: AN ATTACK. Immediate action was required.

    What Sen. Paul sought to do is prevent unilateral use of drone strikes to execute U.S. citizens who are NOT engaged in an attack, without the Constitutional right of due process. There MUST be a legal process first, in order for such an attack to be initiated.

  • Ummah Gummah

    Jodie says:
    March 7, 2013 at 11:58 am
    What Rand Paul did was great and I commend him for it, but what about John Brennan being a Muslim? Shouldn’t we be concerned about that? Is anyone asking about that in these hearings?

    Hell to the YEAH! I am worried about THAT!!!

    I hope Netanyahu can outfox these bastards long enough for this traitor’s administration to be over.

    WHO indeed will bring up the fact that Brennan is a convert to PISSlam?!

    Ron Paul.. hello.. crickets..

    Yes, I agree he is better than Hussein or Pelousy and most Republicans for that matter, but certain things are simply hard to understand. I keep asking myself how far does the corruption go if even a Rand Paul votes YES on Hagel [and Kerry] and noone brings up that Brennan is a moslem.

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  • Skyfall

    Not sure if Brennan is actually a Muslim convert, Jodie…but he may be even more dangerous by being (your choice) either a dupe or a shill.

    In his own words from a 2010 speech to an Islamic group at NY University:

    “Like the president during his childhood years in Jakarta, I came to see Islam not how it is often misrepresented, but for what it is – how it is practiced every day, by well over a billion Muslims worldwide, a faith of peace and tolerance and great diversity.”

    In the speech, during which he drew applause after speaking in Arabic for more than a minute, Brennan used terms evidently designed to appeal to his audience, such as “Al-Quds” for Jerusalem, “Palestine” and “as the Qur’an reveals” – in keeping with the Muslim belief that the Qur’an was “revealed” directly by Allah to Mohammed through the angel Jibril (Gabriel).

    He condemned what he said were negative stereotypes in the U.S. about Muslims and hostility towards Islam, adding that government actions and policies had contributed to the problem but saying this would change under Obama.

    “Ignorance is a threat to our national security, prejudice is a threat to our national security, discrimination is a threat to our national security. And those who purport to be religious are frequently the most egregious purveyors of ignorance, prejudice and discrimination – and it must stop,” he said.

    “We must also acknowledge that over the years the actions of our own government have at times perpetuated those attitudes,” Brennan continued.

    Read the whole article here: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/islam-helped-shape-cia-nominee-john-brennan-s-world-view

  • The MaryHunter

    I wrote Sen. McCain and gave his dumb-ass useful idiotness a piece of my mind.

    I also asked Rince Priebus why the hell the GOP is using Rand Paul as a fund-raising prop (JUST TODAY in my IN BOX!) but not scolding McCain and Grahamnesty for dissing Paul.

    (heh, I don’t expect an answer)

  • Rich

    Paul Filibusters – These 12 GOP Senators go to dinner with Barry.. good cop bad cop?
    sorry that i have a trust problem with all of these people.. look at the trouble we are in and both parties are involved..

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/while-rand-paul-filibustered-on-senate-floor-12-gop-senators-were-out-eating-with-obama-video/

  • Louisiana Steve

    I submit (but don’t recommend) that shooting down a domestic drone could be construed as an act of defense.

  • Jodie

    Here is a everything one needs to know about Brennan and his Muslimness. This video is a little long, but it is crucial to know about; especially, if Brennan isn’t being questioned about these things.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9S73fkmE0Is

  • facebkwallflower

    “Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, took to the Senate floor this morning to defend killing American citizens at presidential discretion.’

    “If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids,” he said. “I don’t think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people.”

    First I am NOT an impressionable libertarian kid! Second, There is nothing wrong with being a libertarian kid. Third, Rand found a way to expose to American the Marxists that have usurped the Republican Party from within; just as happened with the Dem Party. Fourth, wht happened yesterday IS helpful as it has opened up a bunch of American eyes.

    “Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation, Obama’s spokesman announced today.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney quoted from the letter that Holder sent to Paul today. “Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on an American soil?” Holder wrote, per Carney. “The answer is no.”

    So, that explains it: Is Obama mentioned as standing by this? Obama and McCain/Graham negotiated this in exchange for spanking and disowning Rand and the Senate Floor today.. .. ..

  • Ummah Gummah

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    Skyfall says:
    March 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    Not sure if Brennan is actually a Muslim convert, Jodie…but he may be even more dangerous by being (your choice) either a dupe or a shill.

    In his own words from a 2010 speech to an Islamic group at NY University:

    Sorry, but I fail to understand why we even allow “islamic groups or anything else of the kind. THEy sure don’t allow anything but islam in their lands, which is more than revealing.

    Who but Brennan wouldn’t agree that they’d outlaw anything but islam if they had they numerical strength.

    Allowing their groups and mosks and whatever else they have is a luxury we can no longer afford.

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  • Ummah Gummah

    Rich says:
    March 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    Paul Filibusters – These 12 GOP Senators go to dinner with Barry.. good cop bad cop?
    sorry that i have a trust problem with all of these people.. look at the trouble we are in and both parties are involved..

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/while-rand-paul-filibustered-on-senate-floor-12-gop-senators-were-out-eating-with-obama-video/

    There go 12 Judases.

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  • Ummah Gummah

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    Last Supper with Barry. How quaint.

    .

  • Ummah Gummah

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    Check out how Horseface Kerry lives when he is outside of washington:

    The Many Mansions of John and Teresa Kerry

    http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/3/22/151312.shtml

    WASHINGTON – From a sailing mecca to a ski resort, presumptive Democrat nominee John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, enjoy the trappings of their wealth in at least five homes and vacation getaways across the country valued at nearly $33 million.
    Some are private escapes for the family, and others serve as prime spots to host fund-raisers and exclusive gatherings for wealthy donors. All reflect the couple’s status – he is a four-term U.S. senator; she is heiress to the $500 million family ketchup fortune – with breathtaking vistas, elegant furnishings and enclosures that protect the property from prying eyes.

    TAX THE RICH DEMONRATS!

    LOL

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  • Skyfall

    Well, we did it. We now have a Jew/Israel hating Muslim sympathizer heading the CIA.

    Thanks…or should I say Allah’u Akbar.

  • Jim

    Rand Paul: Under Duress and Public Humiliation the White House Will Respond

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qbqh96GLhE

  • Robin Thomas

    Paul did good. McCain and Graham are douchebags.

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