I posted the following in another thread. But I think this thread is a more appropriate venue for this comment.
I might not agree with much of Rand Paul's politics, but I give him extremely high marks for Intestinal Fortitude.
While the American public hears the word filibuster on nearly a daily basis, Rand Paul showed us what a real filibuster is all about. One dictionary
definition of filibuster: The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.
A real filibuster is a continuous speech, or series of speeches, delivered by one or more legislators who refuse to yield the floor in order to block
a full vote by the legislative body. That's the way I learned it in school way back when.
Unfortunately, the old-school "talking filibuster" is a thing of the past. These days, when the Democrats and Republicans are doing their obscene
political dances, they use some bizarre rule twists to hide their mutual obstructionism from the public. With a real filibuster, even the dumbed-down
American public can understand the extraordinary waste of time involved with their daily BS.
12 hours and 52 minutes. That's pain. That's skin in the game. That's a politician willing to "put his money where his mouth is," so to speak.
And it appears that the senator generated enough publicity to get a straight answer out of Holder. Forcing Eric Holder to provide a straight answer to
any question is nothing short of superhuman.
To Senator Rand Paul, I say: "Good show, sir! We need more politicians with your audacity."
For those who are familiar with Star Trek metaphors, I picture this brave act like a room full of Tribbles being growled at by a Klingon for nearly 13
hours. Sadly, the US Senators are not quite as brave as the Tribbles!
I've seen many republicans attack rand as well. Lindsey Grahm came out and took a sweeping shot at everyone who sided with him, and even played the
"where were you under bush" card, John McCain is blabbering about it as well. Both parties have their reasons to try to paint Rand as a crazy on this
As far as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, it looks like their big beef with Rand Paul's speech was because he made it sound like the government could
target anyone they wanted to for any reason, when they claim that's just not the case. McCain chided him for calling out people like Jane Fonda and
making statements about cafes being targeted, which he thought was way over the line.
But I think John McCain and Lindsey Graham have a bigger agenda for why they've gone public with their opinions to the degree that they have.
It looks to me like Obama may be replacing private meetings with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell with people like John McCain and Lindsey Graham
regarding immigration and budget factors. Both McCain and Graham had a meeting with the President on Tuesday and were invited to a private dinner
with the President (and only a handful of other Republicans) Wednesday night. Apparently, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell were not invited.
I think this is McCain and Graham's way of trying to make nice with the President in order to make headway with their own agendas and the
ETA: Well, that and the fact that both McCain and Graham were 2 out of the 14 Republicans that helped to vote John Brennan in as the new CIA
As a libertarian, living in Crook County Illinois, I simply cannot fathom that the people are so hoodwinked they consistently allow the denigration
of people like Rand and his father.
The government and its controlled media break people down into groups. Any time the government wants to acquire a new power they try to make group(s)
of citizens feel threatened. In 2001 they convinced us that the entire Arab world was about to swim over here and take away freedoms, baseball, and
apple pie. In answer, we the people agreed that we needed to use our superpower might to beat a few middle eastern countries into submission so that
the innocents living there could have the opportunity to enjoy our freedoms, baseball, and apple pie. Well, that was not the reason we went, but that
is why we are still there. We sent our superpower might to begin a perpetual war of attrition on the Bill of Rights.
The founding fathers of the United States, after being the victims of a tyrannical government drew from their vast wisdom, experience, and
disagreement to hammer out a document that had the sole purpose of protecting the people from a rampaging government. This document is a tribute to
libertarianism, as that is the theme throughout. The founders were crafty in their words and tried to ensure that the shackles that they were placing
on all future governments would ensure that their descendents would not have to repeat the misery of living under bad government.
Why do the government and media talking heads show polls that show people think this document is outdated, ancient, and should be ignored? Why is a
reminder of this document so distasteful to the government and the media it controls?
In parting, after reading the reactions of McCain and Graham to Rand Paul's filibuster, I was reminded that Washington changed John McCain. And John,
it shows in the first 46 seconds:
edit on 9-3-2013 by Guesseyder because: I knew a Sam McCain, meh.
Perhaps "we" peruse different sites? I thought the reaction to Rand's filibuster was very positive. My God, Code Pink and the ACLU were on his
side! The Young Turks tried to have a pizza delivered to him. #StandWithRand was trending worldwide. Let me repeat that: Worldwide!!
Originally posted by jazzguy
O'Donnell is the worst offender.
listen to him go out of his way to tell his idiot listeners that rand is full of it
O'Donnell is the worst offender for everything...
the guy is like O'Reilly 2.0 ..a rude, arrogant, popmus, ignorant, blowhard piece of crap.... i understand WHY he has an audience, what i don't
understand is what makes people so blind/ignorant/stupid that they watch and believe his rude idiocy...
no respect for the man....he COMPLETELY took everything out of context, just so he could slam the man...total bulls**t....
i watched most of the filibuster...i thought it was necessary...and i understand why, because unlike Dummy McBlowhard over there, i actually pay
Sadly most people are sheep or lemmings, who are to lazy to look things up for themselves. It requires to much brainpower, oh and the headaches that
are caused when thinking...can't be having that now.
Watching politics is like watching wrestling. You know it's fake and you just can't help but to pick a side to win, even if you don't like either
we already know he droped his father and ran with the enemy, he very well could have been bought off to be the poster child congressman everyone wants
and when he has everyones trust BAM!
so if that being the case, he could be holding the floor up so other bills might not get heard before its to late to vote on them? and or bringing
attention to drones when we know they are just gonna fly them anyway,,, what other bills are they trying to pass with out us noticing?
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