FINALLY! Someone in Congress actually had the wherewithal to stand up and defend the Constitution of this country! I am ecstatic about the filibuster on the floor where Senator Rand Paul spoke out for thirteen hours against the nomination of John Brennan and demanded an answer from the President about drone attacks against American citizens.
This is what we have been yearning for. This is what we Americans have been waiting for someone to do. Without hesitation the Senator called out the Attorney General and the President and demanded answers. Why has it taken so long? Why has no one stepped forward and done this before? If they had, maybe our country wouldn’t be hanging over a cliff by our fingernails.
I watched Sen. Paul as he stood up for the Constitution and I thought, “At last, this is what we need!” I didn’t watch the whole 13 hours, but today, after the dust settled, I read his thoughts on it and thought to myself again, how courageous he was.
During the 13 hour filibuster Twitter and Facebook were on fire with Americans all over the country sending their support and encouragement to the Senator. It also didn’t take long for others to stand with him. Senators Marco Rubio (R. FLa), Ted Cruz(R. TX), and Mike Lee (R. UT) came forward and provided inspiration to continue.
The tiny hole in the dam was suddenly bursting wide open and the brave new world of the Republican Party was beginning. For the first time they weren’t rolling over and caving, they were standing up and demanding answers. For once it wasn’t the same old political rhetoric that we are all so sick of, it was new and bold.
It didn’t take long however for the old guard to try and shoot the messenger. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham who were having a lovely dinner with our illustrious President came out pompous and angry. McCain slammed Paul calling the filibuster “ridiculous”. He found it absurd that the President would even “think” of taking out Jane Fonda with a drone. Really? You better wake up Senator McCain, you have been in Washington way too long. Why are you not asking questions like this or asking why Homeland Security needs billions of bullets and tanks on American soil? McCain and Graham just bury their heads in the sand and assume that everyone in Washington will “play fair”. Graham should know better, he is trying to get answers on Benghazi.
As the swell of support continued for Paul, Rubio, Cruz and Lee, once again the old guard, who are increasing looking “older” and more “out of touch” by the day, continued their criticism. Now they were using words like “wacko” and “crazy right-wingers”. You can tell that the anger was coming from the notion that these young “upstart” Republicans could possibly push them into irrelevancy and they didn’t like it one bit.
Well fellas, you better get used to it because this is the face of the new Republican Party and America likes it. We could see the beginnings with the support that Newt Gingrich got in the primaries when he decimated the media, and when Mitt Romney beat down Obama his poll numbers surged. It was only when he backed down in the third debate that he lost his momentum. Americans want a party with some backbone and some strength, not the same mealy-mouthed wimps that cause us to lose elections over and over.
Get with the program because the new guys and gals are in town and hopefully they will continue to stand up, question and hold this administrations feet to the fire. This is what we elect people to do and for the first time they are doing it.
With the opening of the gates by Sen. Paul, I think more and more of Congress will come out of the shadows. This was the best thing that could have happened to the Republicans because for the first time in a long time the American people were listening. People who pay scant attention to politics were suddenly aware that the President could allow drones to take out an American citizen. What?! If nothing else, those 13 hours shook things up.
I’m sure Senator Paul got the attention of the Democrats and I can guarantee you that the media will be trying to paint him as a “radical” among other things, especially with the ammo that McCain gave them.
I don’t know if it will work though. I think this might be the road to our salvation. Perhaps there was divine intervention keeping Senator Paul on his feet for so long the other night.