Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) passionate filibuster earlier this week has done far more than require the Federal government to specify whether or not it will kill Americans in the U.S. with drones.
The Senator’s speech energized the Tea Party against the GOP establishment and, to a certain degree, relit a fire in the hearts of many young, libertarian-leaning Americans who supported his father (and were a thorn in the side of mainline members of the Republican Party).
Peter Weber of The Week made a fun comparison about Paul:
Rand Paul has managed to pull a Willie Nelson. In songwriter Bruce Robison’s playfully deifying telling, Nelson moved to Austin from Nashville in the 1970s and, “like a miracle,” gave “all the rednecks and hippies from New York City down to Mississippi” something to cheer about, side by side. The list of senators who stepped onto the Senate floor to help the Kentucky Republican keep up his nearly 13-hour, old-timey talking filibuster about President Obama’s drone policy didn’t include senators from New York or Mississippi, but it did encompass Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) among a supporting cast of Tea Party and establishment Republicans. The groups of people cheering him on outside the Senate defied the idea of an America polarized along strict partisan lines.
With the prospect of an upset in the two-party status quo, interesting ideological alliances have formed. Actually, who are we kidding, it really isn’t that surprising at all to see big government politicians from both parties come together in an attempt to lull the American public into a false sense of security so they can continue fiscally and socially raping the Nation and expanding government.
Senator Jon McCain (RINO, Ariz.) is still droning on (pardon the pun) about Paul’s filibuster because he sees a new group of decidedly less neocon lawmakers beginning to make waves in a Party whose conservatism died long ago.
Referring to Senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Paul and Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.)— all of whom rate defending the Constitution high on the list of legislative duties— McCain had this to say: “They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else. But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.”
Calm down, Senator McCain.
The RINO from Arizona, however, does have some support for his argument that lawmakers defending the Constitution are “wacko birds” (what is a wacko bird?). Enter stage left, Senator Dianne “turn in your guns” Feinstein (D-Calif.), who wants you to know that Paul’s Constitutional questions are “stupid.”
It would seem that addiction to massive government makes strange bedfellows (try to avoid a mental image); but we already know that mainstream Democrats and Republicans are simply differently named dismantlers of the Constitution.