Hero Senator with Bladder of Steel to (Literally) Stand Up to Global Perpetual War Machine

-

The last time Rand Paul stood on his feet for 13 hours, he created a phenomenon. His filibuster before the nomination of a CIA director to get answers from the White House about drone policy basically launched his presidential campaign. It catapulted him into the national spotlight, united a civil libertarian coalition of Republican and Democrat senators, and spawned the #StandWithRand hashtag that has become his campaign slogan two years later.

Now the senator has vowed to do the same thing, but for real this time. Two years ago, Paul wasn’t trying to block the Brennan nomination with his filibuster, only to delay it to force a clarification from the Obama administration on how they decide who receives oversight-free execution via flying death robot. He got it.

This time, he’s definitely trying to affect policy.

“I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” [Paul] said in a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.”

The Orwellian-named PATRIOT Act, part of which (definitely never) authorized the NSA to collect your phone records, is due to expire on June 1st. If it does, many of the espionage powers that war hawks think are vital to security and worth blatantly violating constitutional rights over will expire.

And that’s why this filibuster is so important, whether it succeeds or not. In the incubation stage of the 2016 Republican presidential primary, it will create an unignorable national debate on these programs and expose those who don’t really value what they allege to consider the sacrosanct rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Dynastic scion and presumptive nominee, Jeb Bush, for example, said the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional spying was the best thing President Obama has ever done. The other Florida Man in the race, Marco Rubio, thinks the federal government spying on you is so great that it should no longer have to be reauthorized every few years and instead be made permanent.

Now that the Republican party has a real national voice for your 4th Amendment rights, instead of just an old crotchety one ranting from the end of the debate stage, there’s an equally real chance for significant reforms to protect our rights against the perpetual war machine .

“I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” he said in a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150511/NEWS0605/150519880#sthash.DpmKPIkj.k5V1F9LO.dpuf
“I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” he said in a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150511/NEWS0605/150519880#sthash.DpmKPIkj.k5V1F9LO.dpuf
“I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” he said in a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150511/NEWS0605/150519880#sthash.DpmKPIkj.k5V1F9LO.dpuf
“I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” he said in a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150511/NEWS0605/150519880#sthash.DpmKPIkj.k5V1F9LO.dpuf


The views and opinions expressed by individual authors are not necessarily those of other authors, advertisers, developers or editors at United Liberty.