McConnell\’s Growing Ties to Rand Paul: Trouble Brewing? [12/10/2013]
Open Secrets.org ^ | December 10, 2013 5:06 PM | Russ Choma
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:26:50 PM by SoConPubbie
There\’s increasingly little daylight between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Kentucky Republican, Sen. Rand Paul: Campaign expenditure reports show the top Republican has been paying another consultant closely linked to Paul.
Posted on October 18, 2013 by END TIME HEADLINES
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul doesn’t seen a rosy future ahead for the United States. In fact, he sees a repeat of recent history – though not U.S. history – on the horizon. In an interview with radio host Alex Jones, of InfoWars,
Paul – who is a physician by trade and has recently launched his own radio and television network – said he sees the “bust coming soon.”
”They’re (Washington collectively) not going to work their way out of it, so it’s just (all) going to collapse,” he said. “Let’s just keep working on the fact that, when we get around to rebuilding this whole entire system, that we do it the way it was intended originally, and actually improve upon it.”
[Rand] Paul Hosts Secret Anti-War Meeting
National Review ^ | 9/10/2013
Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:04:52 AM by markomalley
In a secret meeting on Tuesday morning, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) hosted a bipartisan group of senators and House members in the Capitol’s basement. According to several participants, the lawmakers plotted ways to stop the use of U.S. military force in Syria.
By Alan Keyes: ‘Non-birther’ Rand Paul denigrates Constitution… “Like almost everyone else who collaborates with the current two-party sham, Sen. Paul has chosen to abrogate the Constitution’s natural-born citizen………………..”
By Alan Keyes
Sen. Rand Paul just “sidestepped questions about fellow Sen. Ted Cruz‘s (R-Texas) eligibility to run for president, saying he was not a ‘birther.’” Paul’s contempt for the requirements of the Constitution comes as no surprise to me, despite the fact that his supporters frequently pretend he is a staunch “constitutionist.”
But a staunch constitutionist would be careful to remember Joseph Story‘s admonition that acceptable constitutional construction “can never abrogate the text; it can never fritter away its obvious sense; it can never narrow down its limitations; it can never enlarge its natural boundaries.”
Fortune ^ | 08/11/2013 | By Stephen Gandel
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 10:50:01 AM by SeekAndFind
Ron Paul, the famously libertarian politician and former presidential candidate, has his own choice for the next chair of the Federal Reserve, and it isn’t Summers or Yellen. Paul’s pick for the next Fed head: No one.
Here’s what Paul had to say via a spokesperson:
Rand Paul Takes Shot at Neoconservatives (Video)
CBN ^ | July 24, 2013 | David Brody
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:32:38 AM by Colonel Kangaroo
In a veiled shot at influential neoconservatives within the Republican Party, Sen. Rand Paul tells The Brody File the following:
“There are people who will do or say anything who are your enemies,” Paul said. “Those who believe in perpetual war are some of the most dangerous to our country, and I think they will do everything they can to try and vilify people who are trying to find a more reasoned approach where war is the last resort not the first resort.”
While he didn’t mention any names, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Paul is pushing back against neoconservatives like Bill Kristol and others who haven’t had too many kind words for the senator from Kentucky.
Rand Paul Defends ‘Embarrassed’ Aide With Neo-Confederate Past… “Paul said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “If I thought he was a white supremacist, he would be fired immediately. If I thought he would treat anybody on the color of their skin different that others, “
Rand Paul Defends ‘Embarrassed’ Aide With Neo-Confederate Past
ABC ^ | July 11 2013 | Arlette Saenz
Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 6:15:29 PM by WilliamIII
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., defended a Senate aide who once espoused pro-secession and neo-Confederate views, calling him “incredibly talented” during an interview with the Huffington Post. The Washington Free Beacon Tuesday reported that Jack Hunter, who serves as social media director for Paul, once worked as a radio shock jock for two different stations in Charleston, S.C., advocating for secession and the Confederacy.
Hunter, who helped write Paul’s book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington,” called himself the “Southern Avenger” and wore a Confederate flag mask at public appearances. “People are calling him a white supremacist,” Paul said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “If I thought he was a white supremacist, he would be fired immediately. If I thought he would treat anybody on the color of their skin different that others,
Rand Paul’s Paleo ProblemNational Review ^ | 07/17/2013 | Jonah GoldbergPosted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:03:28 AM by SeekAndFind
Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense.A case in point: Last week, the Kentucky senator hit some turbulence when the Washington Free Beacon reported that Jack Hunter, Paul’s aide and the co-author of his book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, was once the Southern Avenger.
Starting in the 1990s, as a radio shock-jock, Hunter would wear a wrestling mask made from a Confederate flag, while making jokes about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and having the South re-secede.“Although Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth’s heart was in the right place, the Southern Avenger does regret that Lincoln’s murder . . . turned him into a martyr,”
Rand Paul: American taxpayers funding war on Christianity… “There is a war on Christianity,” Paul said. “Not just from liberal elites here at home, but worldwide. And your government, or more correctly, you, the taxpayer, are funding it.”
Rand Paul: American taxpayers funding war on Christianity
Russia Today ^ | June 14, 2013
Posted on Sunday, June 16, 2013 4:19:14 PM by kronos77
Appealing to a crowd at this week’s Faith and Freedom Conference in the nation’s capital, Sen. Paul said changes need to be made with regards to the expansive foreign aid being spent by the United States to fund countries he claims are critical of the most popular religion in the US.
“There is a war on Christianity,” Paul said. “Not just from liberal elites here at home, but worldwide. And your government, or more correctly, you, the taxpayer, are funding it.”
Ron Paul: Edward Snowden a Hero… “Ron Paul, a lion of the libertarian movement, is roaring again. He is praising Edward Snowden, the admitted leaker of information about a vast U.S. government surveillance program that is generating headlines around the world.”
Ron Paul: Edward Snowden a Hero
USNews.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Kenneth T. Walsh
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:49:49 PM by Colonel Kangaroo
Ron Paul, a lion of the libertarian movement, is roaring again. He is praising Edward Snowden, the admitted leaker of information about a vast U.S. government surveillance program that is generating headlines around the world.
“We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and [investigative reporter] Glenn Greenwald, who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk,” Paul said in remarks posted on campaignforliberty.org, the website of an advocacy group that Paul leads.
Ron Paul: I’m worried that the government might kill Edward Snowden with a drone… “Ron Paul: I’m worried that the government might kill Edward Snowden with a drone”
The Washington Examiner ^ | June 11, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:02:13 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
(VIDEO AT LINK)
“I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile,” Paul explained. “I mean we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed, but the gentlemen is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on.”
Ron Paul: “It’s Going to Get Much, Much Worse”… “His last term in the U.S. House of Representatives ended earlier this year, so we caught up with the former Congressman to get his latest perspective on how successfully our national leadership is dealing with America’s economic challenges. In Dr. Paul’s assessment, Washington is too committed to deficit spending and the debt-based economy – both operationally and philosophically – to expect it to embrace a more fiscally-responsible model without a forcing crisis (which he believes is coming):”
Ron Paul: “It’s Going to Get Much, Much Worse”
TMO | 6-10-2013 | Adam Taggert
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 1:47:41 PM by blam
Ron Paul: “It’s Going to Get Much, Much Worse”
June 10th, 2013
Editor’s Note: The deceit, the statistical machinations, and the reality of the situation is being realized by more and more Americans every day. The mainstream media may not be talking about the severe storm that’s coming our way, but it is undeniable. While some doubt that legitimacy of the analysis and information being made available through alternative media, here’s the view from one insider known to most Americans as an honest straight shooter who has a working knowledge of economics, history, and how our government functions at its highest levels. His assessment of our imminent decline paints a dire picture.
Today, I am going to do something that I have never done: I am going to devote virtually my entire column to posting another man’s words.
That man is the man who should be President of the United States: Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. The following is a written transcript of a speech Dr. Paul gave on the floor of the US House of Representatives back in 2007. Had Congressman Paul been elected President in 2008, the country would be four years into the greatest economic, political, and, yes, spiritual recovery in the history of America.
As it is, the US is on the brink of totalitarianism and economic ruin. And you can mark it down, four years from now it won’t matter to a tinker’s dam whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney was elected President this November. Neither man has the remotest understanding of America’s real problems nor the courage and backbone to do anything about it if they did understand.
(GyG: Now Just Whaddaya Think The Folks Think ‘Bout THIS !!!!!) ~ Rand Paul: ‘When Republican Party looks like the rest of America, we’ll win’
Rand Paul is the latest Republican to tell his party to open up to a wider range of views within its ranks.
“The party can be big enough to allow people who don’t all agree on every issue,” Senator Paul told an audience in California, a state that produced three Republican presidents in the 20th century but now votes reliably Democratic.
“When the Republican Party looks like the rest of America, we’ll win again,” he said.”It’s not going to change who I am or what I talk about but I think we can be a big enough party to include people,” Paul said at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Friday evening.In his Friday talk, Paul sought to define himself, among other things, as a Republican who cares about the environment.
Ron Paul slams Boston police. Has he gone too far?….. “Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has slammed US law enforcement for responding to the Boston Marathon bombing with “police state tactics.” In a post on the website of libertarian activist Lew Rockwell, Mr. Paul said Monday that the governmental reaction to the tragic explosions was worse than the attack itself…”
Yahoo! News ^ | 04/30/2013 | Peter Grier
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:15:04 PM by E. Pluribus Unum
In a post on the website of libertarian activist Lew Rockwell, Mr. Paul said Monday that the governmental reaction to the tragic explosions was worse than the attack itself…
The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2013 | Cheryl K. ChumleyPosted on Monday, April 29, 2013 8:09:10 PM by 2ndDivisionVetFormer
“The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city,” he said on the Lew Rockwell website, Politico reported.
“This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.
”The terror attacks on April 15 in Boston killed three and injured 264.Mr. Paul, a former libertarian political candidate who served in Congress as a member of the Republican Party, said the door-to-door searches police conducted in Watertown for the bombing suspects were particularly alarming.
Glenn Beck Shoots Down Rand Paul
If Police Get Drones, ‘The 2nd Amendment Is Absolutely Dead’
Mediaite ^ | April 27, 2013 | Matt WilsteinPosted on Sunday, April 28, 2013 2:09:54 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
Senator Rand Paul‘s media tour following his “misunderestimated” statements on drones brought him to Glenn Beck‘s radio show Friday, where the two men discussed the prospects of a terrifying future where police cars have “robotic firing arms” that take down criminals with the push of a button.
Mlive ^ | April 24, 2013 | Zane McMillin
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:08:46 PM by cripplecreek
That’s according to a National Journal article published Wednesday that examines the potential candidacies of Amash and fellow Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell.
According to the article, rumors are flying that Amash — branded in several national media articles as the “next Ron Paul” — is being cautioned against a run by the elder Paul and Rand Paul, a Kentucky senator:
Rand Paul: Hillary’s Benghazi story unraveling
WND ^ | WND
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:27:43 AM by JohnPDuncan
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was “surprised” by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sworn testimony in a Senate hearing in which she claimed that she did not know whether the U.S. mission in Libya was procuring or transferring weapons to Turkey and other Arab countries.
The Secret Media War of 2012… “The growth in alternative media readership as well as independent political and economic thought from the Ron Paul Campaign educational effort have almost reached the tipping point thus making the past public control function of the media establishment a lost cause. Adding up the alternative media readership numbers and Paul’s GOP vote percentages primarily from younger voters spells disaster for the establishment. ” by Ron Holland
His campaign is using the closed two-party control structure and their media gatekeepers previously utilized to control public opinion and elections against them. For example the state presidential primary and caucus system, televised debates and related campaign news coverage formerly was a GOP establishment monopoly. Today thanks to the Internet, it has become the Trojan horse used by Paul’s campaign and liberty supporters to get inside the closed walls of the GOP to educate millions of Americans about freedom and free-market ideas.
The establishment news media has been powerless to stop this infiltration so the real battle in 2012, isn’t the visible political campaign but rather the hidden impotence of the media elites to protect the establishment control. This is why the media so hates and fears Ron Paul.
His campaign is the new road map for how pro-liberty candidates and forces together with the alternative media can and will eventually defeat the power elites main protectors and gatekeepers, which is the media establishment.
The Wednesday night GOP Presidential debate could well be the last in this campaign cycle. In fact, it could be the last GOP presidential debate in your lifetime if future freedom candidates follow the Ron Paul model of turning a major campaign into an educational effort against the GOP establishment.
The Man Who Should Be President… “Today, I am going to do something that I have never done: I am going to devote virtually my entire column to posting another man’s words. That man is the man who should be President of the United States: Congressman Ron Paul of Texas.”
The Man Who Should Be President
Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 7:52:59 AM by IbJensen
Today, I am going to do something that I have never done: I am going to devote virtually my entire column to posting another man’s words. That man is the man who should be President of the United States: Congressman Ron Paul of Texas.
The following is a written transcript of a speech Dr. Paul gave on the floor of the US House of Representatives back in 2007. Had Congressman Paul been elected President in 2008, the country would be four years into the greatest economic, political, and, yes, spiritual recovery in the history of America.
‘The neo-conservative era is dead’: Ron Paul announces DC think-tank… “Ron Paul has been retired from Congress for only a few months, but he’s certainly not shying away from politics. The former US representative has already announced his new project: the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.”
RT ^ | April 12, 2013 | RT
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 8:56:31 AM by Colonel Kangaroo
Ron Paul has been retired from Congress for only a few months, but he’s certainly not shying away from politics. The former US representative has already announced his new project: the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
In a press release sent to the media Friday afternoon, the Ron Paul camp confirms that the long-time Texas representative will launch a think-tank of sorts in order to carry on his ideologies after his time in office has ended.
“After decades in and out of the US House of Representatives leading the call for a non-interventionist foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties, Dr. Paul is launching a revolutionary new vehicle to expand his efforts. The Institute will serve as the focal point of a new coalition that crosses political, ideological and party lines,” the statement begins.
Ron Paul Politico’d by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr…. “As an establishment site, the warmongering Politico has always hated and feared Ron Paul. Here is their latest attack, within the context of a broader article.”
As an establishment site, the warmongering Politico has always hated and feared Ron Paul. Here is their latest attack, within the context of a broader article. First, they associate Ron with traditional libertarianism, which they describe as “pro-pot, pro-porn, pro-pacifist.” Needless to say, Ron has never used pot nor porn, but he does believe in the individual’s right to decide what goes into his mind and into his body. The state seeks control over both, of course.
Nor is Ron a pacifist – an ancient charge against those who oppose constant war. He believes in the right to self-defense, but he does not believe in the initiation of violence, whether by private criminals or the state. The state has recently taken more than a million lives in its imperialist anti-Muslim wars. Ron Paul has opposed them with all his heart and soul. He is a man of peace and the golden rule, in his private life and his policy.
Next, Politico tells us that “Ron Paul epitomized to a swath of voters the caricature of a goofy grandpa who invests in gold, stockpiles guns, sees black helicopters whirling overhead and quotes Friedrich Hayek.”
Of course, Ron Paul is the most ungoofy guy you could know. He is thoughtful, careful, serious, well read, eloquent, an important public intellectual. It’s true he’s patiently invested in gold over many years, and made a good deal of money. Hurrah for him!
Ron does not “stockpile guns,” unlike the government, though he supports gun rights for private citizens. And if they want to collect guns, that’s their business. He doesn’t see black helicopters, though he does deplore the drones that spy on us for the police state, and which can kill us, too, on presidential whim. And yes, he quotes the great Austrian economist Hayek, and Mises, Rothbard, Sennholz, and the others, too. He has also read the works of these men.
However, I do like this quote: Ron “recounted Richard Nixon’s infamous declaration as president that ‘we’re all Keynesians now’” – “’We’re all Austrians now,’ Paul pronounced with a sense of looming triumph, a reference to the school of economics that most values the free market.”
Rand Paul Cautions: Republicans And Some Evangelicals Often Appear ‘Too Eager For War’
Mediaite ^ | Andrew Kirell
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2013 11:15:53 AM by JohnPDuncan
“Part of Republicans’ problems and, frankly, to tell you the truth, some in the evangelical Christian movement, I think have appeared too eager for war,” Paul said.
The Rebel (Time article on Rand Paul)
Time ^ | Alex Altman
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2013 7:19:14 AM by BarnacleCenturion
It’s his third event in as many hours, and he looks tired; his voice nearly gave out the day before.
Rand Paul-backed group attacks Republicans (Paul not cowering under pressure)
Politico ^ | 4/2/13 | Kate Nocera
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 8:19:46 AM by cotton1706
Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party favorite and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is raising money for a conservative gun rights group that’s targeting fellow Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
And when one congressman complained, the message from Paul’s camp was: too bad.
The Kentucky Republican has lent his name to fundraising pitches for the National Association for Gun Rights, a group that says the National Rifle Association is too willing to compromise on gun rights.
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:39:24 PM by JohnPDuncan
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on America‘s News room this afternoon and declared: “I’ve got a news flash for those who want to call people names on amnesty – what we have now is de facto amnesty,” Paul shot back. “We have 11 million people here that have been here, some of them for a decade or more. No one is telling them to go home. No one is sending them home.”
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In another break from Republican Party orthodoxy, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said that America’s illegal immigrants should be integrated into the tax system in a program that would eventually lead to the possibility of citizenship.
Speaking about immigration issues at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Paul said “Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport” the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States en masse.
“Prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into becoming and being taxpaying members of society,” the Tea Party leader and suspected 2016 presidential candidate added.
Old stale RINO Bill Kristol calls Rand Paul ‘Neo-Isolationist’ and ‘dangerous’ (Video)
Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/18/13 | FAM Blog
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 9:25:55 PM by pacificpundit
What do Bill Kristol, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove and other old, stale RINO hacks all have in common? They fear Rand Paul and the new generation of libertarian-conservatives or constitutional-conservative.
Bill Kristol went on America Live with Megyn Kelly to whine about how ‘dangerous’ the ‘Neo-Isolationist’ Rand Paul is. Kristol also declared that Paul has no political future or something.
What Rand Paul Got Right
Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 4:35:49 PM by Kaslin
Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Paul’s stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for 13 hours was that the Obama administration wouldn’t give him a straight answer on the question of whether the president can unilaterally order the killing of American citizens on American soil with “lethal force, such as a drone strike … and without trial.”
In other words, if an American member of al-Qaeda is sitting at a Starbucks, can the president sic one of his death-dealing robots on him?
Who Speaks Now for the GOP? “Does the president, Paul demanded to know, in the absence of an imminent threat, have the right to order U.S. citizens killed by drone strike on U.S. soil?”
Who Speaks Now for the GOP?
Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:47:29 AM by Bratch
Last Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul rose on the Senate floor to declare a filibuster and pledge he would not sit down until either he could speak no longer or got an answer to his question about Barack Obama’s war powers.
Does the president, Paul demanded to know, in the absence of an imminent threat, have the right to order U.S. citizens killed by drone strike on U.S. soil?
By the time he sat down, 13 hours later, Paul had advanced to the front rank of candidates for 2016, and established himself as a foreign policy leader whose views must be consulted equally with those of John McCain.
How did he pull this off?
When Rand demanded to know what Holder was talking about, all across America people tuned in.
Flopping Aces ^ | 03-11-13 | Curt
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 1:40:00 PM by Starman417
The old guard….that old guard that gave us McCain and Romney to sacrifice at the altar of Obama, knowing full well they would lose….is at it again pulling out the knives and placing them into the backs of the new guard.
The guard that has actual idea’s, that actually has courage, that is willing to take on the old crony’s.
Here’s Bill Kristol, that champion of the old guard:
President Paul: Rand Rising? (Some in the GOP resent the younger Paul and worry he’s too radical)… “
President Paul: Rand Rising? (Some in the GOP resent the younger Paul and worry he’s too radical)
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 10:03:26 AM by SeekAndFind
Palm Beach, Fla. — Those who doubted that Rand Paul was will running for president need to change their minds after considering how he energized the conservative grass roots with his 13-hour Senate filibuster last week.
Paul took a narrow issue — as he put it, “whether an American can be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime” — and captured the attention of political activists. As social media lit up with praise for his efforts, many of his fellow senators joined him on the floor, in solidarity with his demand that the Obama administration answer a question it had legalistically evaded for days.
Representative Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania was part of a group of House members who went to the Senate floor to “stand with Rand.” “The atmosphere was electric, “ he says. “Republicans felt we were advancing.”
What Rand Paul Misses: Congress, not the Constitution, should curtail the president’s war powers.
Posted on Saturday, March 09, 2013 8:03:48 AM by SeekAndFind
It was Wednesday, shortly before Senator Rand Paul’s bravura 13-hour filibuster, the Jimmy Stewart star turn in Paul’s crusade to have the Constitution ban a bogeyman of his own making: the killing of American citizens on American soil by America’s armed forces — a scandal that clearly cries out for action, having occurred exactly zero times in the 20 years since jihadists commenced hostilities by bombing the World Trade Center.
Rand’s Band of Brothers… “…he didn’t fill that time alone. Fourteen other Senators total offered him a respite along with comradely, thought-provoking questions, and humor, to boot”
Rand’s Band of Brothers
America Spectator Magazine ^ | 3.8.13 @ 6:07AM
Posted on Friday, March 08, 2013 2:45:34 PM by drewh
Whatever his ideological leanings, surely Shakespeare would have raised an eyebrow at the political scene Wednesday, if only for the content it would have stirred in his creative mind. Though Rand Paul spearheaded an epic 13-hour filibuster, he didn’t fill that time alone. Fourteen other Senators total offered him a respite along with comradely, thought-provoking questions, and humor, to boot.
Some comments, or technically questions, were in part to pass the time, but many managed to raise spirits by quoting movies, musicians, famous authors, or regular supporters. Sens. Cruz, Scott, and Flake are all freshmen.
Traditionally, their first speech on the Senate floor would have been on something of personal importance, but instead they helped Rand further his filibuster. Since cell phones are banned on the floor, Cruz offered to read series of Tweets so Paul could see what was going on in the outside world — the “Twitterverse” — encouraging Paul (and supporters).
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul did something on Wednesday that hasn’t happened in the Republican Party since Obama won the White House in 2008. Senator Paul stood up for what he believed and defended the Constitution during an old fashioned filibuster against what has become known to most conservatives as a quasi-tyrannical socialist Obama regime.
Senator Paul’s filibuster was an attempt to set a narrative within the context of the constitutionality of the Obama regimes domestic drone policy.
NY Times Buries Sen. Paul’s Filibuster
Posted on Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:46:33 PM by chessplayer
Republican Sen. Rand Paul‘s filibuster on Attorney General Eric Holder‘s refusal to rule out drone strikes against U.S. citizens, which ended early Thursday morning, was absent from the front page of Thursday’s New York Times.
Brennan was serving as a proxy for Paul’s demand that Holder rule out drone strikes on American citizens or on U.S. soil.
Attorney General Eric Holder has responded to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul‘s question about whether the federal government can legally use a drone strike against an American citizen on U.S. soil if the person is “not engaged in combat”:
Earlier this week, Holder wrote in a letter to Paul that the president has the authority to order militarized drone strikes on American citizens within the United States, but only in “an extraordinary circumstance.”In protest,…………
Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/6/13 | Editorial board
Posted on Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:46:51 AM by cotton1706
Give Rand Paul credit for theatrical timing. As a snow storm descended on Washington, the Kentucky Republican’s old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday filled the attention void on Twitter and cable TV. If only his reasoning matched the showmanship.
Politico ^ | KEVIN CIRILLI
Posted on Wednesday, March 06, 2013 10:37:15 AM by JohnPDuncan
Sen. Rand Paul blasted Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that drone strikes could be carried out on U.S. soil under extreme circumstances, with the Kentucky Republican suggesting that means Americans could be killed while they’re “eating dinner” or “at a cafe.”
“The thing about the drone strike program is we’re not talking about someone’s actively attacking America — we’re not talking about planes flying into the World Trade Center,” Paul said on Fox News on Tuesday. “What we’re talking about is you’re eating dinner in your house, you’re eating at a cafe or you’re walking down the road.”
Revealed: Holder Letter Leaves Open Possibility of Drone Strikes on U.S. Soil (Rand Paul)
The Blaze ^ | March 5, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 4:51:24 PM by Perseverando
This morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Glenn Beck’s radio team that he had some new information about the U.S. government drone program — information that some individuals might find troubling. Later in the day, TheBlaze obtained letters that were sent to the senator by Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama’s chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan.
It is select contents in Holder’s letter that citizens might find most problematic.
After Paul sent an inquiry to learn more about the government’s drone program and to ask whether “the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial,” he received a response that is sure to be scrutinized.
The senator’s inquiry was certainly specific, however the government’s response was not so concise — or at least not pointed enough to put critics like Paul at ease.
Rand Paul: Voters Ready for libertarian Republican
POLITICO ^ | MANU RAJU
Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:35:25 PM by JohnPDuncan
Sen. Rand Paul says he’ll wait until 2014 to decide whether to run for president, but he believes voters are ready for a Libertarian-minded Republican candidate.
“I would absolutely not run unless it were to win,” the Kentucky Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Points have been made, and we we will continue to make points. But I think the country is really ready for the narrative coming — the Libertarian Republican narrative.”
Voters want a “different face,” he said.
Ron Paul Reacts to State of the Union Address… “Surely, Dr Ron Paul and our history since the ConCon of 1778 must be living proof that we should return to the Articles Of Confederation for the simple reason that we cannot trust a large governing body with the authority and responsibility involved in such a task. Ref http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/the-daily-bell-axiom-3-back-to-the-articles-of-confederation-as-americas-central-government/” …(Articles of Confederation, etc.)
Stossel on FBN via Youtube ^ | 2/12/2013 | Eduardo89rp
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:26:32 PM by Laissez-faire capitalist
Paul said in the speech, “certainly we didn’t get any answers tonight” to the key issues facing the nation.
The Republican Party needs to broaden its appeal by softening its edge on some volatile social issues and altering its image as the party always seemingly “eager to go to war,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told hundreds of Greater Cincinnati Republicans Saturday.
“We do need to expand the party and grow the party and that does mean that we don’t always all agree on every issue,” the Kentucky Republican said at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club’s annual pancake breakfast at the Sharonville Convention Center.
To help the party rebound from two successive losses in presidential races, Republicans must find new strategies and messages to reach voters who now often look askance at the GOP, Paul told a crowd of more than 500.
‘A kind of international Fast and Furious in Benghazi‘
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised questions during a radio interview today about whether the Obama administration was smuggling guns to jihadist rebels in a possible “international Fast and Furious” that the White House has tried to cover up.
Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Paul said the guns scheme could help explain the reason for the coordinated attacks against the U.S. special mission and CIA annex in Benghazi last September.
Sen. Rand Paul said on Sunday that he will make a decision on a 2016 presidential run within two years and plans to be a force in the refashioning the Republican party regardless of whether he seeks the Oval Office.
“We will continue to pursue and, you know, try to make that decision over the next two years or so,” the Kentucky Republican told WABC Radio’s Aaron Klein when asked about a potential White House bid.
In the meantime, Paul said, he will “try to be part of the national debate” and added that he hopes to play a major role in directing the future of the Republican Party.
“I saw presentations of the Iron Dome and it was very impressive … [I am] absolutely in favor of it,” Paul told reporters in a conference call after touring Israel and Jordan. …
Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday night announced plans to try to undo parts of President Barack Obama’s executive proposals to curb gun violence, saying the president may be developing a “king-like complex.”
“We will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News in reference to 23 actions Obama unveiled earlier in the day. The executive actions range from steps to encourage states to improve information sharing on background checks to directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct new studies related to gun violence.
The U.S. Senator (R-Ky.), who is already being touted as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was recently appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and is showing some strong Woodrow Wilson-style isolationist tendencies.
The role of the committee, according to its own website, is to “develop and influence United States foreign policy,” and in the past has “helped shape foreign policy of broad significance.” In other words, the actions of the committee matter just a bit, and the membership of a Senator like Rand Paul, who’s primary policy goal seems to be deficit reduction and budget balancing to the exclusion and possible detriment of all other policies, is a worrying prospect to many, particularly in the pro-Israel community.