Over the last couple of days, Senator Rand Paul has been making news for his 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. Both Democrats and Republicans are alternately calling him both a hero and crazy hayseed for making such a fuss. I mean, REALLY, WHO is the White House going to target a domestic drone at?
I dunno, they haven’t been mad at anybody recently….
Here’s the thing. You can think that Rand Paul is crazy or you can be in love with every inch of him, but you can’t ignore this issue. Like so many things in our constant, hamster-on-espresso news cycle, it’s being pushed aside after a day in the spotlight, but the issue remains.
Why would our Attorney General Eric Holder, the most senior legal mind in the country, have such difficulty answering “no” when asked if it’s Constitutional for the U.S. government to kill citizens at will. This is the same White House that rushed to tell us that four Americans were dead in Benghazi because of an organic protest sparked by a YouTube video. They were in such a hurry to cover up their ineptitude that they lead the American people on a merry chase after the truth for months – yet, in this instance, common sense is being mocked as “ridiculous” and “extreme”, and the White House waits for 13 hours before finally deciding to assure us that no, they guess they won’t start taking out swathes of red state “enemies”.
If you were upset by the Patriot Act, then your dander had better be up here. Let’s compare: listening to emails, or bombing your house, a wire tap or a warhead through your local Starbucks. They’re probably about equal, really.
I don’t actually think that my government is going to start drone striking my neighborhood, but I certainly don’t want to give it that power, no matter who’s in the White House. It should have been an easy answer, and Rand Paul’s filibuster should have been a momentary stunt. Instead, it became a quease-inducing reality check for a complacent nation – your government is grasping for power, and only principled individuals, working within the system (such as Rand Paul and those who stood with him) have any hope of stopping it.
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