Some of Senator Rand Paul’s (R, KY) colleagues were left unimpressed by Wednesday’s filibuster.  The day following Paul’s action, Senators John McCain (R, AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R, SC) criticized him, saying Paul was doing a “disservice” to the debate about drones.

When was the last time either McCain or Graham raised concerns over the White House’s use of drones?

“I don’t think what happened yesterday was helpful to the American people…What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules of the Senate are being abused,” McCain said.

Since when is proper use of the Senate filibuster abuse?  McCain seems more concerned with getting along with “progressives” in the Senate than preserving the United States Constitution.

Paul was attempting to get the Obama administration to confirm it will not kill non-combatant Americans within the United States.  Graham apparently viewed that as a farcical question.

“I do not believe that question deserves an answer,” Graham stated.

What question would Graham consider worthy of reply?  Do assurances from the DOJ that they will not selectively ignore constitutionally protected rights of American Citizens to judicial due process not qualify?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/mar/7/grah...

Concerns over the administration’s drone program led lawmakers to question Attorney General Eric Holder about legal justification for targeting American Citizens.   Similar concerns prompted Paul to begin his filibuster, demanding answers from the White House.  Paul said he would relent only if the Obama administration stated publically that it will not target Americans on American soil.

The administration apparently believed it could kill Americans it suspected of having terrorist ties without putting them on trial.

Concerns over protection of due process for American Citizens are bipartisan.

“You can hear almost unanimous concern about transparency and wrestling with how to move forward here in a way that protects both our constitutional liberties and our security as a nation,” Senator Christopher A. Coons (D, DE) told Holder.

Under careful examination by Senator Ted Cruz (R, TX), Holder repeatedly stated U.S Citizens on American soil were not “appropriate” targets for executions without due judicial process.  Cruz said that was an insufficient answer.  “You keep saying ‘appropriate.’ My question isn’t about propriety. My question is about whether something is constitutional or not,” said Cruz.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/6/rand-paul-filibuster...

McCain and Graham aside, Rand Paul, Christopher Coons and Ted Cruz are on the right side of the debate.

Since McCain and Graham apparently believe it is most important for them to get along with “progressives”, no matter the cost to the Rights of American Citizens at home, their criticism of Paul is out of hand.

Let them face the repercussions in their next election.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/stand-with-rand/

 

Revolution is coming.

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Comment by Robin on March 7, 2013 at 7:14pm

Another good one Michael! Tweeting it!  McCain and Grahams could not wait to bash Rand Paul! Those 2 are the reason we are in the mess we are in. I was also pretty impressed with Ted Cruz. Keeping my eye on him. I also liked how he got Holder during that hearing. He's a pretty smooth cookie!

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 7, 2013 at 7:23pm

Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are seen through the windshield...John McCain and Lindsay Graham in the rear view mirror...

Comment by Jerseygal on March 7, 2013 at 8:52pm

Good analysis, Michael, and good to see you back.  There is no one saviour out there, but some of the new ones are certainly trending in the right direction!

Tweeting it out too!

Comment by Toddy Littman on March 7, 2013 at 9:22pm

If only enough people realize that Graham (@grahamblog) and John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) are Progressives and professional seat-of-power holders, those who gave up any knowledge of serving in a seat of privilege long ago.  They are for big government, noted in Graham saying, to the effect, "I trust the President," as though we have 3 branches of government meant to work as though the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

I live in Arizona and have loathed the continued election of McCain, sure I supported him in 2008, when we weren't so well informed politically about the machines, their proxies living above all reproach in DC because we weren't as well informed politically about these things.  Now, one man takes a stand in the Senate, followed by another, their efforts meaningless but for public interest, only to finally do something meaningful in trying to pass a piece of legislation, yet with a loophole we all know will be used.

Cynical?  Perhaps.  Genuinely tired of the politics of DC, Rand Paul brining up how his filibuster isn't partisan because he voted for Hagel and the other 2, that I can assure you I am.  I don't agree with McCain and Graham but I do not want to see a Doctor, Rand Paul, be changed by Washington, the win today worth 1000 losses tomorrow for the rest of us, and he accepts it so he can run in 2016 - they are already talking about it.

I am not trying to rain on anyone's parade, I am telling you your analysis very good, and yet, in a nation based on the People, when do we rise to our power, our role?  I told someone the other day, "if the parties don't listen to us in running the candidate the people want for their values and convictions, for their Honorability, then we already know how the person the party chose will govern: they will not listen to us either."

Let us hope that Mr. Paul is unlike his father, that Ted Cruise is the real deal, that together they make something even more important happen from this which leads to the Progressives losing some seats in the House, the Senate being seized from Progressive Master of the Filibuster of Congress Harry Reid, and the People choose self-government over a hoped for autopilot by the magical parchment of the Constitution, known for directly, all by itself, going after those who violate it and killing them by parchment cuts.

America, the People, need to understand the depth of our problem and be ready to devise, promote, and cause action upon solutions.  I do not mean the things of private enterprise, but the things of our Character as Americans, the Sovereignty that Citizenship is as an American because we are self-governing.  Without that we keep hoping to invent a "machine" to do all of this for us, an auto-pilot, be it term limits or an Amendment to the Constitution we think will end "the biggest problem," and in this we keep handing our Power to the Barack Obamas, John McCains, Harry Reids, and Lindsay Grahams of the American political world.

Let us hope we don't, so that Rand Paul and all others like him are not standing, speaking out, making their efforts in vane, for that's allowing the death of freedom, tantamount to letting the Centurian stab Christ, Freedom our gift in his Redemption and not something we throw away.  Hard to imagine a people wanting to deny what is "unalienable" as that is tantamount to denying Christ.

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 7, 2013 at 10:11pm

Thanks Jerseygal...and thanks to Toddy for the report from Arizona.

Comment by Jodi180 on March 8, 2013 at 2:23pm

"Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are seen through the windshield...John McCain and Lindsay Graham in the rear view mirror..."

Time for a new brand of Republicans!

Comment by Patriot Eagle 1 on March 11, 2013 at 8:53am

from my perspective, it is high time that the new republicans get the exposure that they deserve, to show the public that they are the future of this great country.  time for mccain and graham to take the back seat and let the new leaders step up, take the limelight, get the new ideas (old ideals) back on the table.  time for the push back and we need to support them in every way we can.

Comment by Ruthann on March 11, 2013 at 9:08am

We can't expect any better from RINOS.  I'm wondering when McCain finally gives up his seat will he have Hanoi Jane run for it?

Comment by tom dodd on March 11, 2013 at 9:25am

 

...DURING the last election, McCain claimed this would be his last term... and to think if Palin hadn't come out and campaigned with him, he probably wouldn't have won...

 

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 11, 2013 at 12:15pm

Rughann,

I've seen indications that Katy Pavlich bis considering running against McCain.

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