Senator Rand Paul Issues a Warning

by 1389 on March 9, 2013

in Blogmocracy (colleagues), John McCain, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Senate and Congress

From coldwarrior at 2.0: The Blogmocracy:

And I hope he means it.

The Senate has the power to restrain the executive branch — and my filibuster was the beginning of the fight to restore a healthy balance of powers.

Read on, do you see those names listed by the good Senator from Kentucky? Those are your new Conservative Leaders. Those representatives still have spines, unlike Senators Graham and The Traitor John McCain and the rest of the ‘establishment’. Its time for the broken down, the sold out, the go along to get alongs to go. I hope they leave quietly into the night and let the these new, real leaders to get on with restoring America to its rightful place.

Sen. Rand Paul: My filibuster was just the beginning

By Rand Paul, Published: March 8

Rand Paul, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Kentucky.

If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor Wednesday, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” — and I meant it.

I wanted to sound an alarm bell from coast to coast. I wanted everybody to know that our Constitution is precious and that no American should be killed by a drone without first being charged with a crime. As Americans, we have fought long and hard for the Bill of Rights. The idea that no person shall be held without due process, and that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted, is a founding American principle and a basic right.

My official starting time was 11:47 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

I had a large binder of materials to help me get through my points, but although I sometimes read an op-ed or prepared remarks in between my thoughts, most of my filibuster was off the top of my head and straight from my heart. From 1 to 2 p.m., I barely looked at my notes. I wanted to make sure that I touched every point and fully explained why I was demanding more information from the White House.

Just before 3 p.m., Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to the Senate floor to help out. Under Senate rules, I could not yield the floor or my filibuster would end, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could have shut me down. The only way for me to continue and allow Sens. Lee and Cruz to speak was to yield the floor for questions.

Their presence gave me strength and inspiration. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) also arrived to help. Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the only Democrat who came to my defense, explained how we have worked together to demand more information from the White House about the rules for drone strikes. At about 4:30 p.m., Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joined. I was flagging for a while, but these senators kept me going.

Sen. Reid came to the Senate floor to ask me when I would be done so he could schedule a vote. But I wasn’t ready to yield. I felt I had a lot more explaining to do.

At about 6:30 p.m., something extraordinary happened. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has been recovering from a stroke, came to the floor to give me something. I was not allowed to drink anything but water or eat anything but the candy left in our Senate desks. But he brought me an apple and a thermos full of tea — the same sustenance Jimmy Stewart brought to the Senate floor in the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” That was a moment I will never forget.

Sen. Cruz came to the floor again just before 7:30 p.m. and said, “Given that the Senate rules do not allow for the use of cellular phones on the floor of the Senate, I feel quite confident that the senator from Kentucky is not aware of the Twitter-verse that has been exploding.”

I had little idea of what was going on. I was allowed only to talk and listen to questions. As I started to walk around the Senate chamber to loosen up my legs, I was energized by the responses on Twitter. Sen. Cruz really lifted my spirits when he read the tweets.

Then something unexpected happened. House conservatives started appearing in the back of the chamber to show their support. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), who stayed for five hours, offered me his boots when I complained that I had not worn my most comfortable shoes. My good friend Rep. Thomas Massie from Kentucky came over. And then came the conservative cavalry of Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.), Doug LaMalfa (Calif.), Garland “Andy” Barr (Ky.), Trey Radel (Fla.), Michael Burgess (Tex.), Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Raul R. Labrador (Idaho), Keith Rothfus (Pa.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Bill Huizenga (Mich.), Richard Hudson (N.C.) and David Schweikert (Ariz.).

Over the evening I had the support of Republican Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), John Cornyn (Tex.), John Thune (S.D.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.). And Sens. Cruz, Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) used the opportunity to make their first speaking appearances on the Senate floor. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) came at the end to speak, but after midnight, I had said enough.

By the end of the night, I was tired and my voice was cracking. I ended by saying, “The cause here is one that I think is important enough to have gone through this procedure.” I talked about the idea of compromise, but said that “you don’t get half of the Fifth Amendment.” I argued that we need more extended debates. And finally, at 12:40 a.m., I yielded the floor.

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed John Brennanas director of the CIA. But this debate isn’t over.

The Senate has the power to restrain the executive branch — and my filibuster was the beginning of the fight to restore a healthy balance of powers. The president still needs to definitively say that the United States will not kill American noncombatants. The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment applies to all Americans; there are no exceptions.

The outpouring of support for my filibuster has been overwhelming and heartening. My office has fielded thousands of calls. Millions have followed this debate on TV, Twitter and Facebook. On Thursday, the White House produced another letter explaining its position on drone strikes. But the administration took too long, and parsed too many words and phrases, to instill confidence in its willingness or ability to protect our liberty.

I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president; it is a right that belongs to every citizen in this great nation.

I believe the support I received this past week shows that Americans are looking for someone to really stand up and fight for them. And I’m prepared to do just that.

Compare the above leadership with this from The Traitor John McCain:

Sen. John McCain of Arizona kept up his criticism of some of the GOP’s younger wing on Friday — this time calling Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan “wacko birds.”

“They were elected; nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,” McCain told The Huffington Post in an interview. “But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.”

When asked to clarify the statement, McCain said he was referencing “Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever.”

“I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans,” McCain told The Huffington Post. “They’re not.”…

Meanwhile, conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh praised Paul’s filibuster move and said that attacks by McCain, Graham, and other senior Republicans reflected a broader concern of the junior Kentucky senator.

“There is a fear among McCain, Lindsey Graham, and others who favor an interventionist foreign policy,” Limbaugh said on his afternoon radio show. “They’re worried that Rand Paul’s diatribe on drones really means that Rand Paul wants to bring the military home and not use it unless we’re attacked.

“Rand Paul made a connection with the American people,” Limbaugh continued. “These other people do not. Therefore, he has the ability to influence and motivate people. They’re afraid that what Rand Paul was doing was not just speaking out against the use of drones on American citizens on American soil.

“They’re afraid that Rand Paul is actually setting the stage for building up public support to stop the interventionist usage of American military might and foreign policy all over the world,” Limbaugh said.

McCain clashed with Amash over a joke the senior senator made on Twitter about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Amash called it “racist.” McCain told The Huffington Post that the congressman was “defending” Iran’s leader.

And McCain attacked Cruz for saying during the confirmation hearings on Chuck Hagel as defense secretary that he had accepted money from terrorist groups.

“He was making a presentation that said that Chuck Hagel might have taken money from Palestinian organizations, people connected with all that,” McCain told The Huffington Post. “Look, you can’t, without any basis in fact — you just don’t go around saying that kind of stuff.”

In response to McCain’s attack on Friday, Amash said on Twitter: “Sen McCain called @SenRandPaul @SenTedCruz & me ‘wacko birds.’ Bravo, Senator. You got us. Did you come up with that at #DinnerWithBarack?”

McCain and Graham were among a dozen GOP senators who had dinner with President Barack Obama on Wednesday as the president sought to shore up support among more moderate members of the party.


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tonyn March 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

I bet Senators McCain and Graham Have these Private prison systems lobbying them hard for Law Changes all the time !!!!!

Private Profit Prisons and their Influence on Gun Rights Changes needs Investigation NOW

How does being a For Profit Detention Corporation keep from Lobbying for Reforms to say Gun Rights and or any other Constitutional Changes to create More and More Criminal traffic to increase their profits ???? Think what the Possibilities are here for them to Lobby for a Mental Health Gun Law Change that would Open up the expansion of their Facilities in their Housing of a Mental Health Criminal that say was Caught in position of a weapon this creating the expansion to drive PROFITS ????? I BET These people are Lobbying the Federal Government Right Now for Gun Law Changes and they are getting to draft the Mental Health Provisions that Determine a Persons State of Mind to Possess a Gun that will make them a Potential criminal for these Profit Prisons to Capitalize on with tax Payer bailout Money from the 2008 Bailouts Plus I bet they are getting a Capital Injection through Investment vehicles that access Federal Reserve Discount window Funding like how the QE Spending that’s Been going on .

http://ir.correctionscorp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=117983&p=irol-irhome

2 Dr. Sharon Schuetz March 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

This is a great article, but might I suggest that we all begin to use the term “liberal” rather than “moderate” when we are talking about idiots like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. There is nothing moderate about them. They are full blown globalist with and United Nations agenda and are now the new “yes men” for Obama.

3 Jammer March 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

You gotta love Amash’s response, “did you come up with that at #Dinner With Barack.” The RINO’s have been “in power” for so long that they don’t understand they are a part of the problem. Hope springs anew!

4 Donald Hunter March 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Rand,
You have our support 100%, keep on going. We will never give up our freedoms. Satan will not will over the light. We appreciate your efforts and are praying for you. Never give up Rand.

Donald Hunter and Family

5 Bob Pearce March 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

The anachronistic republicans just have to face the fact that in the Washington DC as we know it and have known it for too long, i.e. who can out B.S.the other, they have been defeated! They have allowed themselves to be defined by their opponents and then do nothing but try to half wittedly appease those that already think they are idiots! Rand Paul has a shot at cleaning this mess up. IMHO McCain, Graham, etc. need to get out of the way, they are done!

6 Karen March 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

McCain and Graham are a huge part of the problem in Washington: RINO’s through and through. Rand, THANK YOU for the filibuster. There are hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) who stand by you 100%. Don’t give up the fight!

7 ARIZONA March 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm

America,IS sound asleep,the bottom line is ,THE MUSLIM PRESIDENT,and anti-christ Obama,is dismantling your country and constitution,ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTIES are prepearing to attack THE CITIZENS of america,THEY ARE YOUR ENEMY,they never worked for you and are practicing killing your family and friends,AND soon they will attack you at check points,road blocks,bridge crossings,supermarket parking lots,and freeway bottle necks,anyplace where they can catch you alone………YOU HAD BETTER GET READY,THEY AREN’T GOING TO BE WAITING A LOT LONGER,when OBAMA gives the order,THE TRAITORS IN BLUE WILL OPEN FIRE on you and your family,and they DO INTEND TO KILL EVERYONE,this is what happens when you hire criminals and terrorists to enforce the law,THEY TURN INTO A LAWLESS GANG,ingnore this warning and die,these animals are NOT going to be playing around ,just because your to stupid to take action on all the bells ringing………………………………..

8 Faiths Burden March 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

It is a good start, and that is all it is.

Rand Paul needs to stop playing nice and let these Treasonous war mongering bastards have it with both barrels and, call them out for what they really are.( TRAITORS ) and show the proof.

He needs to explain to the People what this Administration is doing in the middle east ! funding and arming our enemies (Al -CIA- da, the Taliban, the Muslum brotherhood and Mexican Drug Cartels) to the teeth, while attempting to limit and ban Americans means to defend themselves.

These People will do anything to stay in Power, ANYTHING. up to and including Murdering Americans who do not agree with their Policies. This is only the beginning of our long and righteous fight with these traitors.

They are not going to just go away, They are not going to stop, they will have to be destroyed and removed from office. Exposed openly, that there is no doubt as to what and who they are. Obama just a Con-man with scum bag sell-outs as Allies, They are AFRAID !

It’s time to Take it back !

9 Ranger March 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Yet, not a word about the meeting of Congress while Rand “Sell Out” Paul was distracting the nation of sheep.
The Congress met behind closed doors (yet again in secret) away from the eye and attention of the public, and passed a Bill that will now fund the Government through the end of the year, plus enough to fund Obama Care.

Amazing how the sheep are so easily led astray and blinded by tomfoolery.

Rand Paul is an Establishment member and the Status Quo!

Do you have anything to substantiate that?
– Blog admin 1389

10 ARIZONA March 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

YOU put a fence around your yard ,because theres a clear and present danger,YOUR 3 year old would run into the street and be hit by a car…………………….YET you see police using paper targets of your women and children,TO PRACTICE SHOOTING AT,and you can’t make the connection,between a car and a bullet killing your children,DO YOU HAVE TO SEE YOUR CHILDREN DEAD in the yard before you realize their in extreme danger,YES or NO????america is about to be attacked,and everyone ,goes THEY can’t attack us,WE’RE TO IMPORTANT, hey I got BAD NEWS for you,they want all your stuff and all they got to do is kill you and WALA now its theirs…………………………..

11 Ron Hansen March 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

McCain and Graham are fake conservatives and on the NWO plan. They both sold out the American people years ago.

12 ARIZONA March 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

EVER seen a flash gun? ever seen a puke gun? ever seen a lazer ray gun,THE POLICE GANGS and MILITARY have,and soon when your herded into a FEMA DEATH CAMP,your going to get to see what they were designed to do,YOU’LL take the mark of the anti-christ or you’ll get to see someones brain cooked right inside their head,and THEY WILL SCREAM TILL THEY DIE,doesn’t that sound like fun?IT must be OK with americans,cause their still kissing the ass of the people who are going to do it to them and your children,NO PROBLEM WITH THAT,go back to sleep,have a few more drinks of your floridated water,everything will be OK in your dream world…………………….

13 1389 March 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm

@Arizona,
They do have lasers that can be used to blind people, and other “non-lethal” but extremely damaging weapons. Yes, some of those are in the hands of the government, but some are in the hands of our avowed Muslim enemies. Very bad either way.

Matter of fact, we had that story in November 2011. Click to read it.

14 ARIZONA March 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I bet you moderators think they will never come for you ,RIGHT…………………..WRONG,those guns in the death camps will be used on you and you kept it a secret, cause it scared you to hear about them,wait till you see one in action if you think your scared now…………………………………..

15 1389 March 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

@ARIZONA,

Of course they’ll try to come after us. We’ve known that all along.

We may be out of the country by then, but we have no doubt that they will always be looking for us, no matter where we go.

Ask us if we care!

– Blog admin 1389 a/k/a “The Serb from Hell” – from here, EVERY direction is up!

16 ARIZONA March 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

ONE LAST comment,two weeks ago,the GOOD LORD SAID, WARN ALL MY CHILDREN,get off the west coast by APRIL ,15th, I don’t claim to know what this is all about,BUT you might want to think about leaving the west coast in april,the lord never gives idle warnings………………………….

17 ARIZONA March 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

1389,hahaha,thats the spirit……………screw them……………………

18 dejavu March 11, 2013 at 11:23 am

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 Vic Davis March 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm
20 1389 March 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thanks.

21 Missouri March 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

McCain was a traitor during the Vietnam war and his true colors are flying high again.

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