As I write this article Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is making good on his threat of a filibuster over the confirmation vote of Obama assassination czar John Brennan for the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. His entire talk has been to make Americans aware of the Constitutional rights of Americans that are being violated and could be violated on U.S. soil with the confirmation of John Brennan and the Obama administration. He is currently in hour six of the filibuster and you can watch it live here as long as it continues.
“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA,” Paul began. “I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime without first being found to be guilty by a court. That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is an abomination. It is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country. I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle.”
Paul has been on the floor of the Senate since 11:45am EST, allowing for questions and statements at intervals during his call for the American people to listen to what the real issue is.
Paul stated that this is not about politics. He reminded people that in the end, though he had opposed some of Obama’s nominations like Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State and Check Hagel for Defense Secretary, he did vote to confirm them.
However, in the case of John Brennan, there is a very real Constitutional issue in the fact that Mr. Brennan will not answer a very real, straightforward question and that is does he think the Federal government have the power to assassinate Americans on U.S. soil? Both he and Barack Obama have dodged the question which should be very simple to answer.
Paul has quoted all sorts of people in his speech and referenced the Constitution several times, especially the Fifth Amendment and the idea of due process.
“If there was an ounce of courage in this body I would be joined by many other Senators,” Sen. Paul said. “Would you tolerate a Republican who said I like the first amendment, I don’t plan to violate the first amendment, but I might,” he asked rhetorically.
He then turned and asked Republicans would tolerate the same sort of vague answer with regard to the Second Amendment. Sadly, many of them do accept such an answer.
UPDATE: Hour 9 approaching and Ted Cruz brings encouragement from Twitter for Rand Paul at #standwithRand, calling the encouragement “I think the technical term for what the Twitterverse is doing right now is ‘blowing up’”