Remember when Rand Paul stood up for 13 hours to filibuster the appointment of John Brennan because of his constitutional stance on the use of drone strikes on US Citizens on American soil?
Paul elaborated on his concern Wednesday: “When I asked the president, ‘Can you kill an American on American soil,’ it should have been an easy answer. It’s an easy question. It should have been a resounding an unequivocal, ‘No.’ The president’s response? He hasn’t killed anyone yet. We’re supposed to be comforted by that. The president says, ‘I haven’t killed anyone yet.’ He goes on to say, ‘And I have no intention of killing Americans. But I might.’ Is that enough? Are we satisfied by that?” [ huffingtonpost.com ]
I’m a progressive, and certainly not a libertarian, but I try and be fair. I try to give credit where credit is due. I also try not to be naive about doing so. I was never a fan of Rand Paul’s fiscal policies, and I knew he was willing to play ball with the establishment more than his father Ron, but I stood up for the guy. I credited him with at least putting on the show of a true filibuster, where you at least make the effort to stand up and talk, and talk… and talk.
There Goes Rand Paul’s Last Shred Of Dignity
I thought, despite all of Rand’s glaring shortcomings, here was a man that perchance could be counted on to have principles, at least on occasion, when it came to defending the constitution. I thought wrong.
In the event that you don’t watch the above clip, I want to ensure there’s no room to doubt Rand Paul’s gross hypocrisy after finishing this article. here’s a direct quote from Rand Paul during his now infamous filibuster:
“I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.” – Sen. Rand Paul
And now? While I urge you to watch the brief clip above for the full context, the below quote speaks volumes on its own:
“If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash I don’t care if a drone kills him or a police man kills him, but it’s different if they want to fly over your hot tub or your yard just because they want to do surveillance on everyone and want to watch your activities.” – Sen. Rand Paul
Really, Rand? Really? Out of all the examples you could have given to misdirect us from the sheer scale of your hypocrisy, you decided to go with a guy with a gun emerging from a liquor store with $50.00 in cash being fair game for a drone strike? This man hasn’t been found guilty in the court of law, and if he was, would death by drone strike be the likely punishment? Do we want to live in a world where people emerge from liquor stores to have their bodies spattered against the side of the storefront or across the pavement without, as you not so long ago put it, their precious rights to trial by jury?
And just to add insult to injury, you mention that you don’t want them flying over your hot tub? That’s the kind of material I’d expect from a skit on Saturday Night Live, or a satirical piece from The Onion.
So much for Rand Paul.