Rand Paul’s 13 hour filibuster for freedom

From the Washington Times:

After years in the shadows, the administration’s secret drone program burst  into very public view Wednesday with lawmakers grilling the attorney general  over legal justification for targeted killings and Sen. Rand Paul launching an old-style one-man  filibuster to demand answers from President Obama.

The Kentucky Republican held the floor for almost 13 hours, effectively  blocking a vote on the nomination of John O.  Brennan, whom Mr. Obama has tapped to be CIA  director. He said he would relent only if the administration publicly vowed not  to target Americans on U.S. soil.

“This is a long, drawn-out day, but it’s to try to get some answers,” Mr. Paul said after he crossed the eight-hour mark  late Wednesday evening. “It’s to try to shame the president into doing the right  thing.”

Democrats, who control the chamber, were forced to delay a vote on the  Brennan nomination until at least Thursday, and it could go into the weekend,  depending on what other blockades Republicans erect. Read more by clicking this link

While American patriots are celebrating Rand’s stand the “Establishment” is frowning and who can the “Establishment” count on more than Senators Graham and McCain? From the Washington Times:

Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster didn’t thrill all of his colleagues.

Almost exactly 24 hours after Mr. Paul began his information-seeking  filibuster against John O. Brennan, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to  the Senate floor to denounce his demands and say he was doing a “disservice” to  the debate on drones.

“The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but 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. He needs to know  what he’s talking about,” said Mr. McCain, Republicans’ presidential nominee in  2008 — who topped Mr. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul, in that year’s  primary.

And where Democrats praised Mr. Paul for using Senate rules properly to  launch a filibuster, Mr. McCain said it was an abuse of rules that could hurt  the GOP in the long run.

“What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules  of the Senate are being abused,” the Arizona Republican said.

Mr. Paul said he was filibustering to get the administration to affirm it  won’t kill non-combatant Americans in the U.S. — and his effort was joined by  more than a dozen other senators who said they, too, supported his effort to get  answers. Continue reading by clicking this link:

Dare I say that Senators McCain and Graham are un-American? Mr. McCain likes to tout his Vietnam credentials but he does every veteran who fought for freedom a disservice by discouraging open, fair and constitutional government. If this sounds like a harsh criticism so be it but the fact remains that while Senator Paul proved himself to be an incredible patriot that Americans can count on, McCain and Graham have proven themselves to be just the political sort that Americans have had enough of -Editor

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