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RebRANDing: New GOP Guard Stands Up for Constitution

March 7, 2013
Ben Shapiro
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cruz-paul-rubioOn Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) served notice to both the Republican establishment and to the Democrat-Media Complex: conservatism isn’t gone. It’s not even on vacation. The new wave of conservatives is here, and they know how to play the game.

At approximately 11:47 a.m. EST, Paul took to the floor of the Senate to filibuster the nomination of counterterrorism czar John Brennan for CIA Director. Paul stated his reason specifically and clearly: the Obama administration has refused to answer question as to whether they believe it is acceptable under the Constitution to kill American citizens on US soil using drones if those citizens are not engaged in an immediate terrorist threat. Paul was broader than that, actually – he simply asked the administration for a set of rules that could be used to limit their power to execute American citizens here at home. Over and over again, the administration refused to turn over the legal memos detailing its policies.

And so Paul talked. And boy, did he talk. For nearly 13 hours, he talked, taking breaks only when spelled by Senators including fellow Tea Partiers Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Even an honest Democrat – apparently the only one in the chamber – got into the act: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Citing everyone from left to right, Paul pointed out the hypocrisy of an administration ripping into waterboarding of terrorists but happy to target them for death from the skies. He asked repeatedly why the administration could not answer his simple question about the boundaries of government power. And the American people listened.

It was an astonishing demonstration of the power of ideas. Paul spoke directly to the American people from the floor of the Senate. No media interrogators. No Obama functionaries. No spin machine. He was not strident, but he was firm. “No American should ever be killed in their house without warrant and some kind of aggressive behavior by them,” said Paul. “To be bombed in your sleep? There’s nothing American about that … [President Obama] says trust him because he hasn’t done it yet. He says he doesn’t intend to do so, but he might. Mr. President, that’s not good enough … so I’ve come here to speak for as long as I can to draw attention to something that I find to really be very disturbing …

“I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution …. The point isn’t that anyone in our country is Hitler. But what I am saying is that in a democracy you could somehow elect someone who is very evil … When a democracy gets it wrong, you want the law to be in place.”

Paul’s words stirred a firestorm on Twitter, where #StandWithRand trended for hours. At one point, Cruz took to the floor to spell Paul briefly with encouraging messages from Twitter. By the end of the night, though, it was clear that Paul needed no encouragement. Despite admonitions from the chair that there should be no reaction to Paul’s filibuster within the chamber, there was loud and audible applause for Paul as he concluded.

Paul’s performance signaled a groundshift in the power base of the Republican Party. While establishment figures like Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) were dining with President Obama, Paul was drawing the nation’s attention from the floor of the Senate with his invocation of the most basic of all Senate rights: the right to be heard, in the fashion of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. And because Paul picked an issue of transparency – and an issue on which both left and right generally agree that lines must be drawn – he had few detractors, even though Democrats stonewalled his proposed resolutions attempting to draw lines regarding drone strikes.

Paul’s dramatic action today may not have stopped John Brennan from becoming CIA Director. But that was not the point. He proved that conservatism in America is not merely alive, but that it has the potential for post-partisanship. He proved that conservatives can still seize the narrative, and fight back against an authoritarian-minded, non-transparent administration. And he proved that a new generation of conservatives is about to take the field for Republicans. Over the next 24 hours, look for the Democrat-Media Complex to strike back against Paul. They know the battle is on.

Finally, it appears that Republicans do too.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2013 12:25 am

    It sound like Rand is getting heat from Graham and McCain. Actually they are nervous Rand might bring up that little incident where Bush told Sharon allowing Israel to run our Intelligence agency and freedom to eliminate by targeting anti-Semite and obstructionist to the Neo Con war plan, was Unconstitutional. I mentioned this to the White House, Mr. President even Bush knew when to say “NO” even to a Man he admired. Well well Sen. Graham and friends submitted a
    proposal by AIPAC that ask what amount to a complete Sharing of US Sovereignty and stop objection to Iran war. Is that what Graham is worried about. It is VERY Unconstitutional. Sen. Graham has already introduced a bill to accept the proposal. Sharing Sovereignty? That Senator means we the people will be taking orders from Israel.

  2. March 7, 2013 4:17 pm

    My message above is scrambled again. Will have to check again with speller, having problem with Google and Microsoft. Microsoft is back to his old trick to force you to upgrade, Google also wants you to use Google Crome only,both deny you the right to use various browsers. Have been at this several month, contacted Europe, my nephiew is executive of large computer compoany and they had same problem now Newspaper state EU sewing Microsoft and Wall Street Journal had article on same thing about Google abuse, by forcing move to Google Browser only. Well re-checked this so lets see after I post.

    • upaces88 permalink
      March 7, 2013 7:11 pm

      The one reallly good advantage of using Gmail (Google) is if you want to go to the Google Search engine…you press: “CTRL N” and you are incognito. No one can track the question you are asking back to you.

      Yahoo reallly scared the b-jezuz outta me about 2 yrs ago. I never ever delete my “sent mail” because if I can’t remember if I sent a specific email to a specific person, I can go to my sent mail.

      My sent mail WAS GONE!!! I contacted Yahoo and this is what scared me. They said, “Allow your cursor to float down over the titles and we can return it to you!!!

      I replied, “How can I scroll down over sent mail that is no long there! In about 15 minutes ALL of my sent email was returned!!!

      • March 7, 2013 11:46 pm

        Had same experience with Google, wanted me to change browser to his but for research MSN was better. So he cut me off from my saying “Google, sign in to Facelink but no place to sign in so called EarthLink and as usual ended up in India fellow saying “need to enter your computer to check” told him I could not enter my computer, Came back “all looks fine here let me check in”
        after ten try I say “look if I could sign in I would not be calling you, you signed with Google as your official browser so he cut me off” well end of it I am out $5000.00 with technicians. Microsoft jumped in “you have to upgrade” but his window 8 is a mess but he stopped my window 6 and upgraded me lost all my links, cannot work with window 8 moved to go daddi so back to other computer Earth Link Google there now upgraded, oh my heaven what a mess. Microsoft up to his old trick of years ago, making you buy new update now window 10, only now you have to buy whole new machine they say new window no longer compatible can only move up to new one not back.
        Struggling along we will get to them. And Yahoo, keeps sending me Spam mail and a cannot get them out, blocked them used Norton on Spam ???

  3. March 7, 2013 4:07 pm

    Good for Rand Paul on Constitution but I hope he will not stop there
    we neeed a commission of Coinstitutional Acasemic Expert to review every thing that touches the true meaning of the Constitution. Should not have to wait for a citizen challenge to the Supreme Court,

  4. upaces88 permalink
    March 7, 2013 1:59 pm

    Happy Dancing! yeah!

  5. upaces88 permalink
    March 7, 2013 1:58 pm

    This makes me so proud, I could do my happy dance

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