Rand Paul Likely Just Lost Some Supporters, Even If He Really Doesn’t ‘Love The Drone’

Republican National Convention in Tampa

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been taking heat from his libertarian-leaning supporters after making comments on Monday about domestic drone use that were either resultant of parapraxis or representative of a flip-flop from the positions he held just more than a month ago.

Paul said during a FOX Business interview late Monday, “Here’s the distinction: I have never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an act of crime going on. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him. But it’s different if they want to come fly over your hot tub or your yard just because they want to do surveillance on everyone, and they want to watch your activities.”

The Senator’s statement, which suggested that he was fine with drastically lowering the threshold at which government agents should be allowed to carry out lethal drone strikes on American citizens, stirred up a great deal of consternation among supporters who championed his anti-drone filibuster in March.

Drudge Report exclaimed in its signature headline-centric fashion: “Rand Paul Learns To Love the Drone!”

And The Daily Paul, a libertarian news and opinion blog kicked off by Ron Paul supporters, garnered heavy readership on a post entitled: “Rand Paul is a FRAUD and another Obama!”

From that piece:

He redeemed himself in my eyes when he accomplished the epic 13 hour filibuster which I actually watched more than half of. I was thrilled he was standing up for all of us and the country. I became a Rand Paul supporter once more.

NOW…. he has committed treason against the U.S. people and he has nullified his epic filibuster by going directly against it.

Rand Paul says at 2:30 point of the video below “If someone is coming out of a liquor store with a gun and $50 dollars I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”

WTF???!!!! REALLY???

You – Rand Paul….. Don’t Care if a drone is JUDGE JURY AND EXECUTIONER of someone ROBBING a store? So someone should be KILLED for robbing a Store?

How Dare you….. believe drones should KILL people during a crime instead of letting a jury of their peers convict them!!!! Also, who is to say the real robber didn’t toss the person out with the gun, no one knows what the real situation is, until evidence is completely provided in a COURT ROOM!

Paul responded to the criticism on Tuesday, in an attempt to recast his earlier statements in a more Constitutionally affable light.

“My comments last night left the mistaken impression that my position on drones had changed,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Let me be clear: it has not. Armed drones should not be used in normal crime situations. They only may only be considered in extraordinary, lethal situations where there is an ongoing, imminent threat. I described that scenario previously during my Senate filibuster.”

Liberty advocate Judge Andrew Napolitano came to Paul’s defense Wednesday, also during a FOX Business interview, contending that poor word choice was what made the Senator’s statements seem so opposite his past positions.

“The filibuster was about the concept of targeted assassinations, about the President picking and choosing who to kill in the U.S. or elsewhere who have not received due process of law,” Napolitano said. “They have not been charged of a crime, they have not been convicted of a crime, they’ve just gotten in the President’s crosshairs. That is the essence of the filibuster.”

Napolitano went on to say, “He probably should have said ‘Coming out of a liquor store shooting and with 50 bucks.’ If someone is using a deadly weapon on police or the civilians, the police can use a deadly weapon with which to repel that person.”

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  • Harold Olsen

    Rand Paul frequently flip-flops on issues. He’s a hypocrite, just like most politicians, and he can not be trusted. He’ll say whatever he needs to say in an attempt to get elected. I’d never vote for him.

  • BarrackHussein

    The problem with drones is not the weapon itself… it is the persons wielding it. This is just another gubmint power grab…
    … and the collateral damage is irrevevant to ‘Mordor on the Potomac.’
    Sieg Heil

  • Paul Revere

    Don’t judge Rand by taking his comment out of context. He is the only true patriot in DC.

    • Michael Blake

      no he is not he is a flip flopper

  • tncdel

    I lost my respect for Rand Paul when he flip-flopped on amnesty, now supporting it.

    Anyone with an IQ above that of a turnip should be able to realize that amnesty would only serve to attract millions more job-stealing illegals here.

    The ONLY way to stop the illegal alien invasion: MAKE THINGS AS TOUGH AS POSSIBLE on the illegals, so they will self-deport back to Mexico, etc. at their own expense because they get to hate it here so much. We certainly can’t afford to deport over 20 million illegals. Plus most would only come right back if we tried.

  • dokkou

    This is something really funny cause if you see his voting record and what he says, he is pretty true to his word. The only thing that gets in his way is who gets voted in as part of the government. So I would say that most of his votes are true to his word. I wouldn’t doubt Rand on this types of issues since voting record explains a whole lot more than just words. I would agree that drones wouldn’t be a bad things to say farmers who want to survey their fields or used for filming movies to get the best angles for film or even recreational for people who want to fly them in areas that don’t survey others like a drone park or something but to say that they need to be used in the government is something I wouldn’t condone. I would ban the technology to surveillance on drones. I wouldn’t ban the use of them for recreational use either as they could be useful for recreation purposes like seeing the skies and observing birds or something.

  • restorefreedom

    Might have lost me love his dad but the jury is out on him. No drones period !

  • Dale Rice

    Rand Paul: The precise definition of GADFLY escapes me, but pretty sure he fits the Description……Our system of Government relies on the combined wisdom of all its members to come to Consensus which used to be 51 votes in the Senate and 50% + 1 vote in the house…..Some one has screwd with that time honored system and look what we get???? Chaos! Just say no to Mr. Paul.

  • Fay Guht

    This monkey is nothing but a sentiment absorging stooge for the New World Order. Slip of the tongue, eh okigarch flunky?! Anyone in office is an appointed stage performer, in this case designed to absorb vehement, libertarian efforts. Neig Heil! Neig Heil! Incidentally, the recreation of the monkey GW Bush by building his libarry, tells me the next elected stooge will be Jeb, his brother. Alll this, from their german daddy, george Scherf. (Dont google George Scherf)