The store I work at was closed yesterday due to inclement weather. It was a good thing, though, because I really didn’t feel like going out there in the snow to shovel the global warming out of the driveway and scrape the global warming off of the car, all while global-warming flakes would be blizzarding downward and sneaking into my collar to get me all cold and wet–cold, as only global warming can make me.
Being stuck at home, I had the great opportunity to watch Senator Rand Paul filibuster the nomination for President Obama’s CIA Director (and Muslim-convert) John Brennan.
A modern-day filibuster typically consists of a raising of the hand in protest. Rand Paul took the more old-fashioned route of standing up and talking throughout the whole thing.
He began his epic stand thusly:
“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court. That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is an abomination. It is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country. I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle.”
At this writing, he had been speaking for almost six and a half hours and his name was trending on Twitter the entire time.
Other points of focus in this natural, sincere, calm, and professional speech of his, in which he only relied on notes when quoting people, were freedom of worship, the Constitution, the danger of executive orders, Obama’s hypocrisy, and republicanism verses democracy.
Amazingly, some liberal tweeters were standing with him for his stance on drone strikes in America, which is one of the primary topics he spoke of yesterday, and so did Democratic senator Ron Wyden.
Rand Paul’s speech could very well end up giving him the exposure, the boost, and the record or principle needed to win the presidency in 2016 if he does indeed decide to run. Paul is deeply conservative and yet, like Ronald Reagan, is also able to appeal to moderates and liberals. He may just be able to Hillary Clinton in 2016.