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Rand Paul: The ‘Old Guard’ Attacking Me Means I’m Winning

Just some tasty red meat:

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The interview touches on the key issue of Paul’s recent filibuster. In my own words: If the government can execute American citizens, on American soil, pre-emptively (without an active crime or combat situation and without due process), simply by designating them ‘terrorists’ first… well, who’s a terrorist? Please note that:

With such examples, we see that the Obama – Big Government – Big Banking nexus is indeed prone to labeling its domestic ideological opponents as ‘terrorists’.

Fortunately and as we know, the Obama administration did answer Paul’s filibuster with a clarification of the limits on domestic drone strikes.

[^^I can’t recall Biden’s GOP counterparts – Vice President Cheney, or VP candidates Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan – ever saying that their domestic, non-violent political opponents were terrorists. If you think any of them did, I invite you to find a solid reference and post it in the comments. Quotes about Bill Ayers won’t count, since Ayers was actually violent for awhile.]

UPDATE: Rand is on a roll. “For liberty to expand, government must shrink.” Link is timed to that line, but watch the whole thing.



  1. So does this mean I am now a tea-bagging wacko bird?

    Comment by KCRob — March 13, 2013 @ 6:45 pm - March 13, 2013

  2. I’m a member of the Wacko Bird Caucus! How much fun is that?

    Comment by Lori Heine — March 13, 2013 @ 7:16 pm - March 13, 2013

  3. Lori–

    there’s an AWESOME t-shirt and bumper sticker in that. I’ll post links to the design(s) I come up with later!

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — March 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm - March 13, 2013

  4. #3 — That’s a great idea. Little did “Maverick” McCain realize he’s launched a movement.

    Comment by Lori Heine — March 14, 2013 @ 12:40 am - March 14, 2013

  5. I read a while ago how the 5th Amendment gives the president unlimited authority during times of war. Since we are still technically in the “War on Terror” the president can do whatever he/she wants in regards to rights. He can torture, kill imprison and rule by martial law in the name of fighting that war.
    The author said the “public danger clause is the most dangerous clause in the constitution.”

    Comment by mike — March 14, 2013 @ 4:13 am - March 14, 2013

  6. Landslide McCain and Lindsey Graham really do feel more kinship with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid than they do with Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.

    Has McCain every referred to… say… Maxine Waters, Dennis Kucinich, Shirley Jackson Lee, or avowed socialist Bernie Sanders as “Whacko Birds?” No, he reserves that for members of his own party who want limited, Constitutional Government that lives within its means.

    Comment by V the K — March 14, 2013 @ 6:26 am - March 14, 2013

  7. BTW, is anyone still denying the existence of an anti-conservative Republican Establishment?

    Comment by V the K — March 14, 2013 @ 9:18 am - March 14, 2013

  8. the 5th Amendment gives the president unlimited authority during times of war…the “public danger clause…”

    mike, not buying it. Always look up the text. Here is the 5th amendment:

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    Emphasis added. In other words: On the plain text, you have to be actually in the armed forces (and then, serving in them in a time of war or public danger) before your due process rights can be suspended under the public danger clause.

    Now if you want to show that the clause has been mis-used or ignored somewhere along the line, go ahead. But that will be a different argument; the operative concept being “mis-used or ignored”. The clause is only dangerous when its plain meaning is ignored or warped – as is true of practically every clause of the (amended) Constitution.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 14, 2013 @ 10:30 am - March 14, 2013

  9. As MY Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at CPAC: “Birds of a feather flock together!”

    Speaking of which, here’s how he smacked down DiFi in a Senate hearing. Needless to say, Her DiFiNess was not amused:

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 14, 2013 @ 1:53 pm - March 14, 2013

  10. DiFi still playing the Moscone card after 30+ years to try and silence disagreement, I see.

    Good on Cruz!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 14, 2013 @ 3:13 pm - March 14, 2013

  11. Lorie may be a a member of the Wacko Bird Caucus, but I’m a proud member of the Oogedy-Boogedy Wing of the GOP!

    For those of you under 40, you won’t get it unless your parents listed to Ray Stevens.

    “Don’t look, Ethel!” 😉

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 14, 2013 @ 3:29 pm - March 14, 2013

  12. #11 — “We was just standing over there by the tamaters, and all of a sudden, there he went!”

    Comment by Lori Heine — March 14, 2013 @ 3:35 pm - March 14, 2013

  13. Ted Cruz is a national treasure; and he would not be a senator ifKarl Rove and the GOP had had their way.

    As for Senile Fossil Feinstein, she has been bitter and deranged ever since that house landed on her sister.

    Comment by V the K — March 14, 2013 @ 3:47 pm - March 14, 2013

  14. #13 – You said it, V. On both counts! 😉

    #12 – Hey Lori, we could apply that line to VP Biden as well. Heaven knows the man is two french fries short of a Happy Meal.

    “He flashed her right thare in front of the shock absorbers!” 🙂

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 15, 2013 @ 10:10 am - March 15, 2013

  15. I’m just chillin’ here, rockin’ out to Pat Boone, gettin’ my leisure on, yo.

    Comment by Ignatius — March 15, 2013 @ 5:13 pm - March 15, 2013

  16. #14 — Yes, Peter, and then there’s Granny Pelosi, who seems determined to outdo herself with the outrageousness of each new public utterance.

    I’d say she’s a couple crab puffs shy of a pu-pu platter.

    “Ethel, you come back here…”

    Comment by Lori Heine — March 15, 2013 @ 5:51 pm - March 15, 2013

  17. Peter H

    You´re right, but at least Joe Biden is entertaining. Maybe when his term is up he could take over Jay Leno´s spot on the Tonight Show. I would stay up late just to watch the monolgue. Dianne is just a plain old fossil that should be retired to a museum.

    Comment by Roberto — March 16, 2013 @ 1:28 pm - March 16, 2013

  18. #16 – Oh, you WOULD have to mention Chinese food while I’m on this blasted diet! 😉

    #17 – Maybe so, Roberto, but I don’t want to find out.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 17, 2013 @ 9:55 pm - March 17, 2013

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