” The NSA is violating the Constitution by compiling the private phone records of Americans not accused of a crime. Rand Paul is standing up and saying that’s unacceptable.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul held a press conference today to announce his intent to pursue legal action against the National Security Agency’s vast overreach of power as it relates to telecommunication privacy and government surveillance. Various legal options are currently being explored and legal action will be announced in the next few weeks.”
At least we have a few friends of the Constitution left in Washington . Very few , admittedly , but a few nevertheless .
” Sen. John McCain (R-Sunday Shows) expressed bewilderment on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that GOP Sens. Cruz, Lee and Paul would filibuster gun control legislation. “I don’t understand it,” McCain said. “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.” With all due respect to Sen. McCain, that is almost completely backward.
“I don’t understand why United States senators want to block debate when the leaders said we could have amendments,” McCain noted.
If one believes a legislative proposal is, on its face, unconstitutional, the ability to offer amendments is of little solace. Sens. Cruz, Lee and Paul, among other Senators, believe legislation to limit gun rights is, by its nature, unconstitutional. Amending the legislation to make it slightly less unconstitutional is a fool’s game, and a large reason our federal government has grown so large.
A filibuster against gun control legislation is upholding the greatest tradition of the Senate, i.e. acting as a bulwark against the federal government’s natural inclination to expand its power.”
It’s time to step aside Mr McCain . Thank you for your service . Enjoy some well-deserved R&R .
PS: After adding the video we find ourselves much less sincere in our wishing the senator well . There is very little difference between John McCain and Charles Schumer . That is a very sobering thought .
” On April 3, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will hear an appeal for a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) filed by two Harvard law students in 2010 claiming that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated by “nude body scanners” and “enhanced pat-downs.” The First Circuit is also allowing Freedom to Travel USA, an anti-TSA advocacy group, to make an appearance and oral arguments.
A victory on the side of the two students, Jeffrey Redfern and Anant Pradhan, would definitely be a win for civil liberties and the Bill of Rights. But even if, however, the lawsuits are struck down, this case will help continue to highlight and expose one of the most pervasive institutions of government abuse that exists in America.
This case alone is just one of many that the Freedom to Travel USA, Redfern, and Pradhan have helped bring to the public’s attention. They have put pressure on the TSA for not disclosing enough information about the capability of its scanners and attacking them for their veil of secrecy and dismissive nature towards worries over the health effects.
What makes this specific TSA lawsuit that much more interesting is that fact that Freedom to Travel USA includes ”very, very conservative people and Occupy arrestees” as supporters. Usually the bipartisan consensus consists of the authoritarian right and left colluding to expand power and restrict liberty. But much like the grassroots swell that arose from Senator Rand Paul’s anti-drone filibuster, this may unite the populist left and right in another worthy cause.”
Illustration by Ben Garrison
Rand Paul: We Will Filibuster Any Gun Control Bills – Hannity 3/28/2013
“Senator Rand Paul joins Eric Bolling on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss President Obama’s proposed gun control measures and filibustering, along with Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the gun control bill expected to be brought up on the Senate floor by Majority Leader Harry Reid once the Senate reconvenes next month.”
” (Breitbart) – John McCain may have finally lost it. In an interview with Huffington Post he referred to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as “wacko birds.”
“They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,” McCain said. “But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.” Asked to clarify, McCain said he was referencing ”Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever.”
In the long three decades McCain has served in Washington DC, we can’t find any time he’s referred to any other colleagues, past or present, as “wacko birds.” Not Nancy Pelosi. Not Barbara Boxer. Not Al Franken. Not Robert Byrd. Not Sheila Jackson Lee. Not Hank Johnson. Not Patrick Leahy. Not Robert Menendez. Not Bernie Sanders. Not Dennis Kucinich. Not Jim Wright. Not Anthony Weiner. Not Alan Grayson. Not Carol Moseley Braun. Not Dick Durbin. Not Chuck Schumer. Not Harry Reid.”
Thanks for your service John … It’s time for you to go home once and for all and take your RINO buddy Graham with you .
If being men of principle makes the “wacko birds” we say let’s have some more .
” While Senator Rand Paul was filibustering John Brennan’s nomination for CIA Director over the Obama Administration’s implicit assertion that it can kill American citizens on American soil without charge or trial, Senator John McCain was schmoozing with President Obama over dinner.
Millions of people, from all political backgrounds, showed support for Rand Paul’s courageous filibuster on social media. Rand Paul was eventually joined by 14 senators, including Sens. Lee, Cruz, Toomey, and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden.
Instead of joining this important filibuster, Senator McCain mocked Rand Paul and made condescending statements towards libertarian young people. “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.” “
At the link you can send a message to McCain and express your dissatisfaction with his derogatory remarks regarding Senator Paul’s principled stand against tyranny and statism . Principle being something that 40 years inside the cloistered environment of Washington seems to have wrung out of the honorable man that survived the Hanoi Hilton .
Below is the text of the form letter … read it , if you agree with it give it your blessing and send it on . Senator Paul , although doomed to fail in preventing the vote on Brennan to take place , took a bold stand and showed the entire country just what leadership really is .
The text :
” Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster on the Senate floor was not a political stunt to “fire up impressionable libertarian kids.” I am a full grown adult and I agree with Sen. Paul that the President of the United States does not have the authority to assassinate American citizens on American soil without due process.
Your criticism of Sen. Paul’s brave filibuster is shameful. No American statesman would support the assassination of an American without proper due process. The President can’t just suspend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Our founding fathers would not approve of President Obama’s unprecedented authority grab and neither should you.
While Senator Paul stood for liberty and the rights of all Americans, you dined with the President. I demand you apologize to the millions of Americans who support our right to not be killed by the President.”
If you find yourself in agreement with the above sentiment click the link and follow the instructions to send your own protest .
” The Senate today confirmed John Brennan to be the new director of the CIA. The vote was 63 to 34.
Brennan has been President Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser and earlier spent 25 years at the CIA.
The confirmation came after Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., ended a 13-hour filibuster. He’d been demanding that the administration say whether it believes the president has the authority to use a drone to kill a U.S. citizen on American soil.
In the end, both Paul and the president got what they wanted.
“No president from no party gets to be judge, jury and executioner,” Paul said
Despite the headline we fail to see how Rand Paul got what he wanted . Neither Obama , Brennan , Holder or have disavowed the possibility of domestic drone strikes >
McCain continues to disappoint . He really is a statist at heart and no different from the democrats whose coattails he so often holds . For Shame
” Others, such as Arizona’s John McCain called Paul misguided.
“I think we’ve done a disservice by giving Americans the impression that they’re in danger from our government,” McCain said. “They’re not!” “