Wednesday Rand Paul did an old fashioned filibuster like Grandpa used to love. Rand ranted for almost 13 hours, blocking the confirmation proceedings for John Brennan whom the President has submitted as his choice to lead the CIA. Rand is upset because the Attorney General replied to Rand's question 'is there any circumstance in which the President would be authorized to use drones to kill American citizens on American soil without clearing it with Congress?' and the answer was 'kind of yeah'. So Rand went on this filibuster with a mission as he put it to "shame the President in to doing the right thing". And the right thing in Rand's mind is to say 'there is never a time that a President has the authority to use drones on any American without going through the checks and balances of Congress'.
Some people are accusing Rand of G-rand Standing. They say the President isn't just going to start lighting fools up because they rubbed him the wrong way. This power is only in case of an emergency! Like the AG said in his letter to Rand; "Perhaps in a catastrophic attack like what occurred Sept 11th". Why wouldn't you want whomever the Commander and Chief is during something like that, to have every option of defense and means for exacting justice on the perpetrators, at their disposal? One of those people calling Rand out is our own Senator Lindsay Graham.
As you just saw, Lindsay was none too pleased with Rand's filibuster, and is all for the President having the authority to order drone attacks on American's. He says Rand's concerns are "ridiculous" and ends his bitch session by saying "The American people need to understand the threat we face". And I'm quite certain that would have been the answer of the Founding Fathers too, but with some more ye and shalt's.
Or...maybe not so much. Thomas Jefferson pretty well sums it up in a letter he wrote. "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." It's basic math. In order for government to grow stronger the citizens must grow weaker. If the citizens agree that their leader has the authority to kill some of them in order to keep more of them safe, they are turning over a tremendous amount of power. And while I personally don't believe this President would ever order a drone strike on our soil, what about the next President or the one after that?
You don't decide how much power to give a position, based on the person currently holding that position. Otherwise the South Carolina Baseball Head Coach would have the juice to kill anyone who doesn't find favor in his sight. But that power is reserved exclusively for Ray Tanner. If current coach Chad Holbrook tried that, he'd go to prison... for at least a weekend..in the off season. You want that kind of power Chad? Win back to back national titles and we'll talk about it.
Although I'm a proud resident of South Carolina I'm afraid I have to side with Rand Paul on this one Senator Graham. You can let us know what you think on our Facebook page or a message on our voice mail that we can playback on the air at 343-1027.
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