Libertarians At Their Best

Just yesterday, Senator Rand Paul delivered a 13 hour long filibuster regarding the confirmation of John Brennan as director of the CIA.  He stood for our civil liberties and sent a clear message to the President that it’s not ok to kill an American citizen without a trial, and that we will live in a land with the rule of law.  The Constitution will be upheld.

“I rise today to begin to fillibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA.  I will speak until I can no longer speak.  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 guilty by a court, that Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco, or in a restaurant in Houston, or at their home in Bowling Green Kentucky is an abomination.  It is something that should not and can not be tolerated in our country.”

– Senator Rand Paul, 3/6/2013

Those are my sentiments exactly.  It’s not a question of, “Oh, I haven’t used that power and don’t intend to.  Don’t worry about it.”  No.  Our reply to that is, “No Mr. President, you don’t have that power and we’ll never give you that power.  You’re not the sole arbiter of justice in our society.”

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  1. Jason, I confess that I feel such loathing for Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and the simplistic and vile Ayn Randian philosophy they trumpet at every opportunity that it’s difficult for me to override my emotional antipathy and concede that anything they say or do is laudable. However, if I grit my teeth and try really, REALLY hard, I can force myself to admit that I think Rand Paul is right to oppose drones killing American citizens on American soil without due process of law, unless, perhaps, it’s part of some emergency law enforcement action to stop someone who’s in the process of committing a serious crime that endangers innocent people, such as in a hostage situation where using deadly force by a nondescript drone might be safer for hostages and law enforcement alike and more effective than an onrushing SWAT team. However, I realize that once you open the door to this sort of thing, it’s difficult to prevent it from opening wider and wider and wider.

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