Senator uses old-style filibuster on CIA nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator and tea party favorite from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director.
Sen. Rand Paul ended his filibuster Thursday shortly after midnight, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, said he would continue to oppose Brennan’s confirmation and resist ending the debate on President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the spy agency. SOURCE
All I can say is this; it’s about damned time that someone had *the stones* to actually stand up and tell it like it is! Apparently Sen. Rand Paul IS that someone and I have to give him kudos for doing so!
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, read Twitter messages from people eager to “Stand With Rand.” The Twitterverse, said Cruz, is “blowing up.” And as the night went on, Cruz spoke for longer periods as Paul leaned against a desk across the floor. Cruz, an insurgent Republican with strong tea party backing, read passages from Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and lines from the 1970 movie “Patton,” starring George C. Scott.
I also have to say “OH HELL YEAH, you get em Ted, kick ass and take names” to Sen. Ted Cruz for his participation in this effort, but I also want to offer a bit of advice; this ‘TEA Party Favorite” thing could very well work against you, be very careful. The TEA Party has strayed from its founding principles and could cause some folks to not take interest in the fight! I think the media is well aware of that and keeps tacking it on to every story in an effort to denigrate you and Sen. Paul.
Not all Republicans were as enthusiastic about Paul’s performance. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the prospect of drones being used to kill people in the United States was “ridiculous” and he called the debate “paranoia between libertarians and the hard left that is unjustified.”
Lindsey Graham is a RINO, he is the definition of RINO and if the good citizens of South Carolina had a lick of sense they would dump this whiny crybaby and get someone to take his place that was a real Conservative and had FORTITUDE!
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, echoed Graham. He said it is unconstitutional for the U.S. military or intelligence agencies to conduct lethal counterterrorism operations in the United States against U.S. citizens. Suggesting they can or might, Rogers said, “provokes needless fear and detracts attention from the real threats facing the country.”
Rep. Rogers, I know it’s unconstitutional, YOU know it’s unconstitutional, but do you even remotely believe that Barack Obama and Eric Holder give a DAMN about what is or is not constitutional?
Would Obama ever direct the use of drones against American citizens on U.S. soil? Some seem to think so while others say no. Personally, I believe that Obama and his band of crooks, liars and tax cheats would do anything they thought they could get by with in order to keep Obama in power, up to and including killing Americans that stood in their way! Holder: Yep, Obama could kill Americans on U.S. soil
How can you be sure that Sen. Rand Paul is doing the right thing?
ACLU Backs Paul’s Filibuster
On Wednesday afternoon, Christopher Anders, Senior Legislative Council at the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington D.C., spoke with Breitbart News exclusively about Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster of the John Brennan nomination to CIA director over the administration’s failures to answer questions about domestic use of drones. Anders backed Paul to the hilt, and was highly critical of the Obama administration. SOURCE
I never thought there would be a time when I was in agreement with the ACLU. Maybe someone needs to check and see if HELL has frozen over.