This is something approaching a miracle for me

A politician has done something I actually find inspiring. Yesterday we actually heard the St. Crispin’s Day speech on the floor of the Senate. And people are flocking to Rand Paul’s support. Heck, you’ve got John Cusack, of all people, coming to Paul’s support and asking where the hell the Democrats are, while Salon is shamefacedly reporting that (surprise!) lefties are more likely to take the Nixonian line that murdering people with drones is okay when the President does it. If you don’t believe it, just read the Obama suckups and buttkissers over at HuffPo. Quelle courage!

Meanwhile, the Nixon Obama Justice Department doubles down and declares that Obama “has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil”.

We could actually be looking at a historic moment here if Obama backs down and Paul’s challenge to the Police State stands. Go Rand Paul! The guy will, I hope, be a real force for good if he keeps on in this vein.

Jordan Bloom is liveblogging the whole glorious spectacle.

  • http://Onalittlebuffalofarm.wordpress.com Laura Hudgens

    Is there link to a video of Paul giving the speech?

  • James H, London

    More good news for you guys – this story has made the UK media, where it’s currently the ‘most viewed’ story on the Telegraph website:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9913615/Barack-Obama-has-authority-to-use-drone-strikes-to-kill-Americans-on-US-soil.html

    Well done, that Rand Paul chappie! :D

  • http://peace Puck

    This is only a “miracle” to you because you’ve always bought the media definition of conservatives that equates them to neo-conservatives. They have nothing to do with one another.

    • Mark Shea

      No. It’s a miracle because I regard our political class, virtually without exception, as self-serving fools.

      • http://pavelspoetry.com Pavel Chichikov

        That would be foolish.

  • bob cratchit

    Another Ayn Rand styled Libertarian who also supported Romney. This should be interesting.

    • Claude

      Exactly. The notion that Rand Paul is less a self-serving fool than any politician is laughable. But since Pauls pere and fils are both non-interventionist libertarians, they can criticize President Obama’s drone program more credibly than most.

      Mark seems to prefer linking to spin rather to sources (e.g., confusing post on Dawkins). You can watch Rand Paul’s filibuster at c-span:

      http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/311354-1

      • Andy, Bad Person

        Right. Don’t support politicians when they do what you want unless they’re of your tribe. Got it.

        • Claude

          Typical presumption on your part. I said nothing about my position on Paul’s filibuster one way or the other.

          • Marthe Lépine

            This is a classic way of deflecting arguments. You said nothing about your position on his filibuster, but by criticizing him in this way and at this time and place you are leaving a clear impression that you are against the filibuster, without actually saying it. Or, maybe, some readers could even interpret what you said as meaning that whatever Paul does, it does not count because he is not from your tribe. It’s not what you actually said, but what our mind is led to infer…

            • Mark Shea

              I suspect it’s just his ungovernable tribal distaste for Paul, a disgusting Tea Partier crawling with cooties.

            • Claude

              Nonsense. I was responding to Shea’s swoon that Paul is a cut above other politicians.

              Or, maybe, some readers could even interpret what you said as meaning that whatever Paul does, it does not count because he is not from your tribe.

              Some of you are quick to make this very accusation regardless of what is actually said, so what should I care? By the way, you seem to have missed the part where I acknowledged the Pauls’ credibility on this issue. That is, it is credible that Paul filibustered on principle, and I not only do not object, but support any such action on principle. On the other hand, there’s an element of partisan grandstanding involved, so there’s that, but it’s inevitable.

  • Dale Price

    A good day, indeed. Bonus fun: a guy who described Ayn F. Rand as his “all-time hero” (Ted Cruz) did something altruistic, so happy irony.

    One down note: the Senate refused to vote on this non-binding resolution, with Dick Durbin disingenously comparing hovering assassination weaponry to scrambling fighters to shoot down Flight 93.

    https://twitter.com/repjustinamash/status/309519409486127105/photo/1

    Using the Illinois Senator’s logic, we ought to be stationing snipers with Barrett rifles in strategic locations, just in case.

    • http://soulsagabooks.blogspot.com/ Brian Niemeier

      Once again, politicians from my home state persist in their tyrannies, forcing me to apologize for people who are seen as massive embarrassments outside of Chicago. I’m doubling my resolve to force Cook County’s secession.

      • j. blum

        But you’d still have all of Cook County’s politicians. Cui bono?

  • Stu

    I’m not ready to use the word “miracle,” even as an expression, yet in describing this. But it was a good thing. Just maybe, quite possibly, there may be a small chance, that people begin to realize on both sides of the political aisle that the scope and reach of the Federal Government is too big and actually the cause of many of our problems. Restoring the proper balance is needed and badly so.

    Perhaps also, some politicians will realize that what Senator Paul did was an example of real leadership. The President should take note as well.

    • Mark Shea

      It’s a joke, son. :)

      • Stu

        I apologize. I got confused by your response to Puck.

  • et

    Don’t bash John Cusack. He grew up in a Catholic family – certainly, one very engaged politically, mostly on the so-called left, somewhat in the footsteps of Dorothy Day; somewhat – and he has been constant on calling out Obama, in defense of civil liberties, much like Greenwald. One of his heroes is a Jesuit poet/activists, Daniel Berrigan, whom he quotes extensively and often. And he seems like a decent common-sense guy, overall. Doesn’t make him a hero or role model – if actors are your role models, good night and good luck. Just sayin’, that we should be charitable towards others as towards ourselves. And in this case, this looks like a decent guy, and one pretty constant in his principles. Not more, nor less.

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/l81o75

    • Mark Shea

      Who was bashing John Cusack? He did the right thing.

      • et

        I meant “undersell.” Or “underestimate”. Which are different words. But I wrote this before the morning coffee. You should have guessed, Mr Shea, you should have guessed!

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    I certainly disagree with Rand Paul on a great many things. But I applaud his efforts on this. Even a broken clock can be right twice a day. ;-)

  • http://www.parafool.com victor

    The lost causes are the ones you fight for the hardest.

    • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

      Jefferson Smith would be proud.


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