After nearly 13 hours of filibustering, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) finally yielded the floor, putting an end to his historic protest against the administration’s lack of answers on its authority to execute targeted assassinations of American citizens abroad and on U.S. soil.Sen. Paul began his filibuster of Obama’s CIA pick John Brennan at 11:47 a.m. ET Wednesday and wrapped up at 12:39 a.m. Thursday morning. Upon conclusion, Republicans present in the Senate applauded for their colleague’s efforts in bringing awareness to the administration’s executive overreach.
I really enjoyed watching this last night. I think Senator Paul did a good job. I loved watching Senator Cruz at about eleven last night talking about the founders of our nation, Shakespeare, and General Patton. I wished the majority of low information voters would have tuned in as well, but if Honey Boo Boo was on they probably tuned in there. Even so it was a good thing to happen in our country and a good way to educate the public about a serious issue.
I watched about 4 hours of the filibuster by Rand Paul. I was fixated about the event and was proud to be an American. Nowhere in this world is there a government that allows this. Anywhere else Rand would have been carted off to a reeducation camp or a gulag. Will one of thes Republicans stand up and call for the poseur-in-chief to show his records so we can put an end to this rape of our Constitution? I will withstand the national shame if we can send this man to prision for his fraud. God Bless America
Real filibusters need to happen more often in these next four years. It is one way to fight back in getting the attention of more Americans.
Hopefully, history and civics teachers across the country will discuss what a filibuster is and why Rand Paul did this. The "why" will have to be discussed in order for students to understand the threat to our constitution if Obama´s drone ideas come to pass. Right now I´m praying a lot.
Tomorrow I will be substitute teaching in history - I certainly will bring this up whether or not it is in the lesson plans.
1, didn´t realize that Burr went to the NON-people´s house last night.
I supported him in the last election, and not just with my vote. No more.
I will call his office today, as well as write, and he will know he´s made a mistake.
Last night I watched the pilot for the BBC series, Waking the Dead. In it a control-freak murderer gets his jollies by taunting and manipulating the police, pulling them close then pushing them away to prove he´s in control. Must say I think we´re seeing the same pattern right before our eyes on the political stage.
Senator Paul´s stock went up. As did those who stood with him in filibuster against the ghoul brennen. As for the rinos who accepted obama´s dinner invitation, what were they thinking? Haven´t they learned that any compromise, or agreement with obama is a pact with the devil?
The POTUS is arguing that it is perfectly legal (never mind the moral of course) for the administration to kill American citizens on American soil without any due process, Miranda rights, discovery and review of evidence, right of appeal, right to appear before a jury of your peers, etc.
Who gets to decide who dies by drone strike? You know who.
"Donate to my campaign, or I will deem you a possible terrorist. And your family."
"This just in, 16 more Texans killed today by drone strike."
This is the first time that tyranny has taken root in American society. This is what it looks like.
My personal theory is that the vast majority of politicians are so darned dirty, they HAVE to band together. They´ll put on the necessary show to get elected, but after that it´s business as usual. The fact that people like Rand Paul are the exception supports this idea.
"During the half-day-long filibuster session, Paul was joined by fellow Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT). Despite his support for Brennan’s CIA nomination, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined the effort, voicing his concerns about the Obama administration’s authority to assassinate American citizens without congressional oversight."
I see Holder has moved the argument into the "no intention" of killing Americans category. This is classic Obama. It´s impossible to prove intent after the fact and they know it. If Americans were to be killed, Holder would simply say it was an unfortunate snafu and surely the government would never have INTENDED to kill it´s own citizens.
Until we know exactly what went on at that dinner, we might want to reserve judgment on the attendees. Guilty until proven innocent? I find the fact that McConnell showed up at the Senate to be intriguing to say the least. Does anyone know what kind of mood Zero was in at the end of the dinner.
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Rather Read, 3/7/2013 7:46:01 AM (No. 9212603)
I would have been surprised, nay shocked, if one of my Senators had been there in support of Senator Paul. No, Senator Blunt was probably nursing his ego for not being invited with the rest of the RINO´s to Obama´s dinner.
There were some senators who attended the dinner, that also came to the senate floor in support of Rand. Toomey was one of them. There were also a few Dims to push in the limelight as it became clear the people were paying attention.
Those republicans who went to the WH deserved an attack, #13. They chose to kneel at the feet of Obama like scared little puppies instead of supporting Rand Paul doing yeoman´s work defending our Constitution. They totally deserve our scorn, not our praise. What shocks me here is that Ron Wyden supported Rand Paul. He is my rep and a total lib.
The article´s list posted by #16 didn´t mention Wyoming John Barrasso who was also on the floor and spoke during the filibuster. Also Jeff Flake, Tim Scott, John Thune, Pat Toomey, Jerry Moran, Ron Johnson, John Cornyn. Some showed up after their dinner with Obama. Awesome night for Rand Paul and patriots everywhere!
Likewise to all the postors who came before. Rand made me proud to be an American. I heard more plain truth speaking and common sense in 30 minutes of Rand speaking than I heard from all the candidates in the year before the ´12 election.
Bravo Sen. Paul and his fellow Senators who supported him. A job well done by some real patriots.
For what it´s worth, here is a list of the names of the Senators who had dinner with Obama at the Jefferson House. Senators Lindsey Graham, Bob Corker, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Dan Coats, Tom Coburn, Richard Burr, Mike Johanns, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, John Hoeven, and Saxby Chambliss.
That was so exciting! Loved hearing Paul and Cruz. It is possible that we just saw, yesterday, the core of a new party. And the contenders for powerful, leadership positions in the years ahead. And the target of destruction by the dems and the republicans.
This is nice, but will it really mean anything other than a grand gesture? What has actually been accomplished? A thought regarding the dinner attendees: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Rand Paul, the super hero, Sam Adams of our day. We need more men and women to stand firm for the sake of our kids and grandkids. The future looks very grim, but the light of truth can never be snuffed, it flickers but never dies.
Go Rand, set the stage, like the TEA Party! WE will follow.
Nice liberal slight from new poster, #34. We must wonder if in his mind signing the Declaration of Independence was similarly a "grand gesture?"
The American "experiment" is built on millions of "grand gestures," such as this one. This woke up the liberal left last night as to the reality of Executive Branch tyranny emerging from their "chosen one". What Democrat can possibly stand in the Well of the Senate now and argue for unchecked power of the Executive to summarily execute American citizens on American soil without due process? Even the ACLU finds this appalling. The scales may be falling from the liberals´ eyes because of this one Senator´s "grand gesture" last night.
I hope this is the beginning, Paul and Cruz have draw a line in the sand, just like Travis did at the Alamo. This is one American who would rather fight than slowly sink into despotism and dictatorship. Honey get the Bowie Knife out of the closet. Shame on the Republicans who ate with Great Leader Obama instead of supported Paul.
#23, ACLU actually supports Paul´s position, as do several leftist groups, CodePink chief among them. If only they had the same passion for preserving the rest of the Constitution, instead of destroying it.
Meeting with the Grand Wizzard is one thing, eating with him, smacks of mere social pleasantry where nothing seriously gets done. The Senate was in session for quite a few hours, those Republicans could have done both and supported Rand.
Lets have aother filibuster today. Watched most of Senator Paul´s yesterday and would like to see others start again today. They need to suppport the American people and the Constitution. What better way to do so.
This was the best day I´ve seen in government in a long long time
Please support Rand Paul and all those who have stood shoulder with him..and with us and our Constitution..
Obama is here to destroy our constitution.
Senator Rand Paul…a real patriot…God Bless him for this filibuster …let these good men know you appreciate it…call their offices…speak up America
Call these Senators offices…tell them you support them….leave a message.... Alleluia for the patriots
Senator Rand Paul….(270) 782-8303
Senator Mike Lee …..(435) 628-5514
Senator Ted Cruz …..(202) 224-5922
Senator Marco Rubio…(202) 224-3041
Senator John Cornyn...(202) 224-2934
Senator Pat Toomey…(610) 434-1444
Senator Saxby Chamblss…(202) 224-3521
Senator Jerry Moran....(202) 224-6521
And Barrasso, Thune, Weiden, McConnell
Patriots with a sense of duty…who have spoken up…these Senators represent more than their state...they represent the constitution, and all of our constitutional rights...They represent America....Call...Thank them!
Wish they had asked why our government, DHS has bought so much ammo to use inside the USA
Kudos to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who chiefly represents the republics of Multnomah and Lane in Oregon, for coming down on the right side of the issue while the Rinos munched on the dainty morsels King 0 offered them.
Tried to call Rand Paul offices in DC and KY yesterday evening and all voice mailboxes were full. I hope they were full of the same appreciation and thankfulness I was trying to express. I plan to call him again today, along with Ted Cruz and others that cared enough to stand and defend the Constitution and the people of this country.
Some of those who went to the dinner also showed up at the filibuster. Just because they went, possibly to see what Obama had to say, does not mean they are all RINOs or that they bought what he had to say. Why does everything have to be so black and white? Why isn´t it possible to give credit where credit is due? Our way or the highway.
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ok state mom, 3/7/2013 11:11:13 AM (No. 9213002)
Very valid point #56. I just heard on FOX that the filibuster was impromptu on Rand´s part. He mentioned he did not take into account standing for 11 hours and his feet were hurting. That said, being impromptu, the RSVP had been made to the senators attending the dinner and it would not have been helpful in the grand scheme to no show. Senator Coburn is my senator and he attended the dinner. I do not think attacks made on him are appropriate. At the same time, I am exceeding proud of Rand Paul and the stand he took.
Implementing diplomacy or as the libs say "talking to our enemies" can be a commendable action but meeting with diabolical stick man at a time when a Republican is making a crucial stand is not such a good idea.
Bamboozler could very well have been implementing more "divide and conquer" logic and luring pubs out for chance to kiss his ring instead to prevent them from siding with their team during the game. It kept those Repubs participating in the dinner distracted and on the bench. He was probably courting them.
# 34 Reminds all of us that Democrats have enough votes to confirm Brennan . It just takes 51 votes, Democrats control the Senate 55-45. The filibuster just delayed in inevitable . Wyden seems to be the only Democrat alarmed at the concept of a US president claiming the right to use drones to kill Americans. On US soil. If a Republican president claimed this new power we all know that the impeachment process would have already begun. With the media and the left screaming the loudest. I don´t fault Republican Senators going to the White House , to refuse would have looked juvenile and played right into Obama´s hands. Pat Toomey and 2 others did return to help Paul. But, in the end , it didn´t change anything. Brennan will be confirmed. Obama´s new power will not alarm the average American. It´s not that they are low information. They are misinformation citizens because most Americans get their news from their local providers and they just pass down the ABCCBSNBCWhiteHouse talking points. It´s also obvious by now that many Americans have checked out or just don´t care. Hope they enjoy their drone strikes along with their Obamacare.
My personal tribute to Rand Paul was by blasting out the 80´s chick tune "Holding Out For a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler: "Where have all the good men gone? And where are all the gods? Where´s the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?"
Have an Ldotters watched the communist media while thia was going on? Who can tolerate watching these lo fo droids? But at events like this filibuster, how much network censorship did take place? Here we read a beautiful list of Ldotters and their powerful comments on Rand Paul, but not a word about the killer drone network people, the Diane Sawyers who withhold the truth in important American moments like this. In a great sense, the Couric Brokaw Williams team are drones that mass murder the truth. They need to be reported for their crimes of omission, too. Prescription: force yourself to watch a few minutes of these drone TV killers and include their misdeeds in your Comments ! As it is now, the mafia TV media is getting a pass, not being exposed. Rand deserves the best coverage.
BRAVO for Rand Paul and those who stood with him during THE filibuster! Their voices in support of the U.S. Constitution and the oath they swore to uphold it renew hope for America´s ship of state which has been floundering, tossed about & driven toward the rocky shore of 0bama´s statist power grab, liberally aided and abetted by the dem´s shamelessly propagandized media/lsm/hollyweird!
AT LONG LAST, the American people could finally actually see & hear articulated the differences between conservative principles which secure our country´s liberty through the U.S. Constitution, as opposed to the statist & dem pols radical agenda which seeks to disregard both the U.S. Constitution AND its tried & true foundational USA principles which secure our Rights as citizens and keep the USA free.
Shame on those GOP Senators who were not there to also exhibit support for the Constitution!
The radical leftist dems´ media has monopolized the public microphone increasinggly throughout the past 40 years to the point now where we are seeing our Constitutional freedoms flim/flammed away and the economy has been desimated by slick, shifty statist pols. Voters are seeking authentic American patriots to lead during these perilous times, not another crop of counterfeits, ...self-engrandizing statist lefties who do not keep their oaths of office to America the Beautiful.
Whether due to lack of support or genius strategy, I was so thrilled that those on camera last night were for the most part young men who still have the capability for logic and clear speak. The old guard has completely lost touch and don´t even know they speak in "congressese". They came up under a system where you do what you are told and wait 40 years to turn gray and become the leader of the pack. McCain made a fool of himself today. It was such a clear indication of the GOP´s lack of connection with voters.
I was never so paranoid in my life, but doesn´t it make sense to suspect that boehner, cantor, mccain, graham and roberts (at least, these guys) have very dirty secret files on them and completely obey obozo?
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An unfortunate story on CBS New York Thursday carried this headline: "Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read." It´s a shocker, but it´s also untrue. And to make things worse, the story that followed was riddled with typos. According to the New York Post, which reported the same story earlier on Thursday, "79.3 percent of city public-school grads who went to CUNY’s six two-year colleges arrived without having mastered the basics" of reading, writing, and math, and had to take non-credit remedial classes to catch up.
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