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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rand Paul's Most Excellent Fillibuster Adventure

By now everyone's aware that Rand Paul conducted a 13 hour filibuster in the Senate yesterday.  It held up John Brennan's confirmation while exploring a justice department memo dealing with the President, the fifth amendment, and drones. Some loved the event, some hated it.  Personally, I rather enjoyed it as it seemed to reflect the spirit of the filibuster as it was implemented in the Senate in 1841, as opposed to its more recent use as mere threats.  It was also reassuring to note that it is still possible to focus attention on an issue that is being under reported or totally ignored by our apostate free press.  Drones may not be the most pressing issue of the day... but the filibuster really did capture the attention of the main stream media who in turn informed their audience of low information citizens that although the chance of being shot by a UAV, is remote, it IS a possibility. (If *someone* happens to wake up in a bad mood, Eric Holder happens to still be the Attorney General, and no one is paying attention)  Scary, yes . . . Constitutional, no!

Now then, will Mr. Paul's filibuster heal our deficit or create jobs for our unemployed?  Most assuredly, it will not, but Senator Paul's seeming dedication to the Constitution and the tenets contained therein was, and is, refreshing! We could use more of it!  Furthermore, it made the President look bad and annoyed Senators McCain and Graham for reasons that only someone corrupted by too much time in Washington D.C. could understand.  All in all, it was a pretty good use of 13 hours!

Though Mr. Brennan went on to be confirmed by the Senate as expected, Rand Paul was one of 31 Republicans who voted against confirmation while John McCain and Lindsey Graham predictably voted to confirm.  There's a lot more work to be done.

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