J. D. Heyes
Match 10, 2013
Patriotic Americans fed up with the growing lawlessness of the Obama administration and the opposition party’s chronic inability to counter him got a huge shot in the arm the evening of March 6, when Sen. Rand Paul took to the floor of the Senate to stand up for the Constitution.
As “senior” members of his Republican Party dined with President Obama (Paul ate a candy bar for dinner), the Kentucky senator launched a marathon 12-hour-plus filibuster aimed at blocking a vote on John O. Brennan, whom the president has nominated to head the CIA, because Brennan said during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he agrees with the administration that it has a right to kill U.S. citizens on American soil with impunity.
While the leaders of his party in the Senate seemed content to let that obvious constitutional usurpation pass without challenge, Paul drew a line in the sand and vowed not to take “yes, we can” for an answer. So he dug in his heels, took the Senate floor, and threw up a huge red flag that tens of millions of Americans – and not a few lawmakers – have applauded.
Recipe for a renaissance of liberty-minded government
The evening of March 6, Paul, at the Senate dais, ticked off a litany of historical references, constitutional passages and other documentation which supported his argument that attacking American citizens not presently engaged in an activity that puts lives in imminent danger is simply not constitutionally permissible. And he did something exceedingly rare in Washington these days: He did not simply demand an answer to the very simple “yes or no” question on the issue he posed to Attorney General Eric Holder earlier in the week; he demanded accountability from everyone, from the president on down, who seemed to agree that in the case of plotting certain crimes, due process no longer applies.
Here are some of Paul’s most memorable – and most oft-tweeted – quotes from his filibuster:
– I will not sit quietly and let [the president] shred the Constitution.