It’s hard to recall many more wonderful moments on the floor of the United States Senate than the filibuster mounted Wednesday night by Sen. Rand Paul against President Obama’s nominee to the CIA. The junior senator from Kentucky didn’t stop — or even intend to stop — the elevation of John Brennan, who had already cleared the Intelligence Committee by a wide margin and was sure to be waved through on the final vote. But Paul did signal that there is a faction in the Senate that comprehends that our country is in a constitutional moment. This is America 101.
My country had a wonderful moment the day Rand Paul and Ted Cruz stood up and articulated their argument about the RESPONSIBILITIES of the senate. And they put to shame the sitting/absent republicans and silent, for the most part, democrats. Now we need to support these kinds of arguments and not allow the idiots (mccain/graham/dems)to mire us in the weeds of nonsense that they swim in.
We have a great opportunity right now to get rid of the RINO´s. These are the Washington Establishment koolaid drinkers with very high opinions of themselves who couldn´t care less about the people they are representing. Stop voting for them.
Seth Lipsky - along with other writers, radio hosts, and commenters, disparages the dinner 12 Republican senators had with Obama. That had to have been already scheduled, whereas finding on opening on the floor of the Senate when the Dems weren´t controlling the floor was an impromptu moment, albeit one that Sen. Paul and others had prepped for. Senators Johnson, Toomey, and Chambliss(?) showed up after the dinner to lend support - Johnson was particularly disgusted with the lack of government action on the budget. We know where Graham and McCain stand. Sen Paul just drew a line in the sand within the Republicans in the Senate. It will be interesting to see where the other dinner attendees and the other approximately 25 senators that were at neither event line up. Will they align with the Paul/Cruz faction or the McCain/Graham?
I´d like to think this is the case but tea party candidates still face an uphill climb with opposition from both party´s establishments.Being a tea party candidate will also be a useful tool for the left to raise enormous funds in those districts,just like Elizabeth Warren getting huge sums from across the country.. The reason is simple,they´re a threat to the status quo in DC who love things just the way they are including spending binges.
The republicans are hurting themselves with so called entitlement reforms. These programs would have plenty of money if employment was where it should be. There´s no doubt in my mind the explosion in the cost of government the past few years are from the flood of illegals raiding our programs and schools.How else do you explain the explosion in food stamps at the same time car makers are doing pretty well? I´d love to see the demographic breakdown on who´s filing for food stamps the most.
The left already vilifies House tea party members from stopping progress ie.letting Obama bury the country in debt.Any opposition is immediately charged to racism to a black president. I couldn´t care less about Obama´s race and I would happily accept Dr.Carson as our candidate.
Ted Cruz is going to be President one day. God Bless Ted and Rand and Marco Rubio. It´s so great to see these men stand up and defend this country. It´s rare these days. It makes me proud to be an American.
Shame on McCain and Graham. They are petty and vindictive because they aren´t getting the media attention they think they deserve. And they´re just so special because they had dinner with Obama and Rand Paul was stealing the spotlight.
Everybody´s forgetting Ayotte who hovers over the shoulders of McCain/Graham on every occasion; she´s new to the Senate but whatever possessed her to hitch her star to these two. As for me, I´ll cheer on our new, modern-day "Young Turks" with gusto!
I love Ted Cruz too, but he was born in Canada and can´t be President, unless, he being a constitutional scholar, can come up with a way to amend the constitution. Why not?? We let the Kenyan be pres...
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O.S. Banker, 3/8/2013 8:20:35 AM (No. 9214505)
Ad to the list of Republicans who to go the name of my Senator Roy Blunt. I had hoped that he would take a role in opposing DiFi, and supporting Paul and Cruz, but he has been AWOL from both. It is almost like he and McCaskil have signed a non-aggression pact.
Can you imagine (or not), our Pres. when he was a senator in Illinois, attempting to do something like this. No, he was always "present". No backbone, no laws passed that were not regarding aborting babies, on and on. And look where this senator is today...unbelievable. God bless, Dr. Paul!
The ruling class is not pleased with Sen. Paul´s filibuster. They can´t have anyone upsetting their apple cart. They are in control of who gains power and influence. These young guns are a threat because Americans in both parties were impressed by the articulation of our basic freedoms, something they rarely hear coming from Washington. They have seen that standing on principle can bring change. This is the kind of thing that can spark a movement, and the old bulls can´t have that. It would mean the end of their hold on how our government works. I pray that this is a turning point. We have to get out future out of the hands of corrupt politicians.
While I love what Rand Paul did, and I appreciate the other Senators that joined his ranks ON THIS ISSUE, I will say that I´m still EXTREMELY disappointed that Paul was one of 4 Republicans who voted in favor of Chuck Hagel as Def Sec. Point is, don´t get too enamored with Paul, he definitely has his shortcomings. With that said, I will definitely give him his due credit on this one.
Standing strong for the Constitution is the rallying point for the Reps. Hurray for Rand on this one, but the long run may show a different story. Cruz seems to me more reliable. Too bad he was born in Canada as far as presidential aspirations go. As for McPain, he sounds a little jealous that someone other than he is getting attention.
#13: Cruz is qualified to be President. The Constitution requires that only one parent be a natural born U.S. citizen. His mother was born in Delaware.
However, in Obama´s case, even though his mother was born in the U.S. she would not have qualified as a "natural born citizen" to pass on citizenship to him. The law at that time stated that if only one parent was a United States citizen at the time of the child´s birth that parent must have resided in the U.S. for at least 10 years, 5 of which had to be after the age of 16. Obama´s mother was either 17 or 18 at the time of his birth, so technically she did not qualify to pass citizenship to The Won.
I think this shows how hungry the American people are for leadership that will stand up and unequivocally defend the Constitution of the United States of America. It doesn´t necessarily mean that there will be agreement with Rand Paul, et al., on every issue. It just places the focus on the premise for every argument.
Some people in DC seem to have decided that the US Constitution is a "living document" and then set about killing it.
#20 and #30 Please do your research. A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN is the progeny of TWO parents who are both CITIZENS. DO you see the difference? The Constitution requires that the candidate for president must be a NBC. Get it right please. There are reams of disseration that defines this if you look.
#35 The Constitution, Article 2,sec 1 clause 5 states, No Person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible for the Office of the President. That´s what qualifies the candidate. The question has been, "What is a natural born citizen?" I have defined that above so a simple-minded low-information voter could understand.
I was saying a long time ago that McCain was not good for this country and remember his state even wanted to recall him a few years back and then, the next thing you know, he wins the nomination to run for President. They are both out of touch with what needs to be done in this country. They have been in Washington TOO long. Maybe it is too late as Obama has a hold on this country that will probably never be broken and we will have to live with it. What a bummer!!!!!
Mark Levin evicerated McCain and Graham on his show last night. He took their accusation that Rand Paul was a conspiracy nut to doubt that our president would ever misuse his power and then proceeded to go through the whole bill of rights sarcastically calling the founders conspiracy nuts for putting those safeguards and restrictions against the power of government in there. He was on a roll. I highly recommend everyone listen to the whole thing!
This is all about ego. The two of them could not believe that while they were attending a dinner with the President, they were being upstaged by a freshman senator who was not invited. He, not they, were the next day´s news. He, however, was the one who seized the moment to demonstrate that this is an administration that believes it has power without constitutional limits. Obama´s ultimate grudging concession will be remembered not because he conceded, but precisely because it was grudging. Rand gets this and held it up for all to see.
Sadly, those who get their names in the press all the time are seen by a large amount of people as being so great at their jobs. If they weren´t, they wouldn´t be getting all the press. Such is McCain and Graham. I´m hard pressed to list anything that either one of them have achieved as a Senator. What bill has their name(s) attached to it? What cause have they campaigned for? All I see is them (and they are not alone) going from one presser to another and making speeches. It´s way past time for them to be sent to the retiree farm.
My first thought is that McCain and Graham have cut a deal with Obama on the CR. It´s their job to bring the rest of the Republicans along and here he has insubordinates insulting Obama. Knowing Zippy, he may stomp his feet and leave.
When I hear the word maverick I think of an unbranded calf. In that sense McCain fits the title, because he does not represent the conservative republican brand any longer. In 2012 many listened to the clown quadriga of McCain/Rove/Graham/Morris and thus giving the sequester king another four years. What a circus! Paul, Rubio, Cruz, McConnell and yes Wyden keep hammering the fact that the Constitution of the United States of America is the law of the land and not what Holder thinks it should be. And for heaven’s sakes Ayotte you are smarter than to run with the Rinos.
I don´t have another explanation for mccain´s, graham´s, roberts´, boehner´s actions except there are very dirty secrets in files in leftists possesion. And instead of making them public they keep these guys on the hook and force them to do what they tell them to do!
#42, it´s actually worse than not achieving something, McCain & Graham have actually done harm. Things like unconstitutional capaign finance reform bills, radical ´wise Latino women´ on the Supreme Court, etc. etc. They talk a good game (Graham on Benghazi), but when push comes to shove-- there´s no there there.
The biggest damage they did was pushing the neocon agenda-24/7 war and nation building-which took down the Bush presidency and gave us Obama. They should go work for the Weekly Standard and stay there.
McCain and Graham are going down the wrong path. They are part of the naive "can´t we all get along" crowd. They view drone comments as accusatory to Obama, a tact that will only turn Obama away from agreeing to any Republican ideas.
The problem here is that we are in a situation where if the technology exists, someone will eventually use it. This goes for drones as well as communications technology that allows easy snooping on citizens. We are moving into a dangerous area with this technology and something needs to be done now in order to protect us from a future tyrannical government.
Insofar as Obama is concerned, he has shown malice towards his political enemies making it reasonable to think he might use these tools against his own people. McCain and Graham, et al don´t see this.
BRAVO!!! This is certainly encouraging at this perilous time in American history. The challenges currently tossing our ship of state about are great to & fro are great. America´s courageous patriots have always stepped forward in times of need at just the right time, leaders who have managed to keep the USA on its Constitutional course of freedom & justice for all, referred to as, ´´that shining city on the hill!´´ We dare not abandon that noble course.
WELCOME, to the principled & courageous, ´´New GOP Generation!´´
The good news, Rand stood up with a few other good guys, Marco and Ted. The bad news, John Brennan was voted CIA Director. Brennan, an avowed muslim enabler, joins many other muslim supporting appointees and electeds in our government ... to our great danger. Go to Robert Spencer´s www.JIHADWATCH.com today, to the third article, "Jihad Disaster, Islamic supremicist enabler John Brennan confirmed as CIA Director". There is an article and Robert´s one hour video interview with former FBI agent, John Guandolo. This fascinating revelation of suppressed facts may be the most important single interview of the year, learning about the breathtaking infiltration of muslims in our government, and how the softness to this danger applies equally to both so-called parties. Robert is a true hero, and John Guandolo make two of the brightest best informed people you will never see even on Fox TV. Yes, even FoxTV is soft on Jihad/muslim truth.
Agreed, #61. And just heard on the news between Rush segments that Brennan was sworn in at a "Private swearing-in ceremony." Translation: Brennan will not put his hand on the Bible and as a Muslim is sworn to wipe out the "people of the Book" as the Muslims refer to Christians.
A Phoenix rising from the ashes? We all want a truly reformed GOP as the "good" option, so as to avoid a third party as the "least bad" option. For now, all options must remain on the table. Our Republic and our children´s future is at stake.
Godspeed to the GOP´s new guard.
A lot will happen between now and the 2014 primaries.
The new GOP generation stands up... while the old GOP generation gorges at the public trough. Several reports on McCain, Graham and other RINO’s dinner with Obama have pointed out that the President “picked up the tab”. Based on Obama’s history, I’d be willing to bet that “we the people” will actually be the ones who pick up the tab.
McCain and Graham still haven’t caught on that Obama was just using them as media props for his propagandists to use to show the sheeple that he is “reaching across the aisle” and trying to come up with a reasonable, “balanced” solution (by which he, of course, means a mix of additional tax increases – effective immediately – and vague promises of future spending cuts, which aren’t really cuts at all – kind of like the sequester.)
Last Saturday I got a call from the RNC for a donation. I attempted to be nice and explain to the young man that I could no longer afford to throw good money after bad when our Republican leaders would not stand up to the president. After he attempted to explain to me that in order for them to be strong they need financial support, I lost it. I explained to him that until THEY got some balls and some backbone they will see not one penny of my money... and along came Paul.
Not that the RNC will see a dime yet. I´m waiting to see how this plays out and it´s not looking good with McPain/MissGraham. Guess I´ll just do what I told the RNC, I´m giving my money directly to the candidates I support.
Ol´ Jackass Johnny McCain just couldn´t stand any other GOP Senator getting any publicity, especially when Johnny thought all of the cameras would be focused on him and his little girlfriend, the dress-wearing Nancy known as Lindsey Graham. After all, McCain and Graham had just spent the evening dining with Obama and badmouthing their GOP colleagues. It should have been THEIR NIGHT. Chrissy Matthews was finally going to have good things to say about Jackass Johnny once again.
Rand Paul stole the spotlight.
And that made the attention-whore Johnny McCain very, very angry. Poor, poor Johnny McCain....
#2--Right On! No money for RNC--Give it to the individuals who support us. John McCain--please go home. Lindsey-Go home and for all of you pubbies who support this socialist in the WH can go home or we´ll do our best to send you home.
that citizenship thing is upon us again.. There are 2 distinct classes of citizen...The citizen and the NBC, NBC to be defined by the Founding Fathers as being born to a Mother and Father BOTH of whom are U.S. Citizens at the time of birth.... BTW...a parent must live in the U.S.A, 5 years past the 14th birthday,Hussien was born b/4 the 5 year requirement...thats a side note
I Stand with Rand..its time to get rid of the Rinos...let them walk over to the other side of the asile..they wont have to reach.they can just sit and be one of the dems...we dont want them...I would love to help a new generation of GOP...its the right thing to do for this time in our political history
McCain was one of the first Brain washed turned to the US and has retained those mental blocks sadly enough. Graham can´t move past his moment in fame and is now an appeaser. The natural born errors continue on and on--American Citizenship is defined under the rule of "Born of the Soil" not the old EU and British " born of the blood" ie. father´s citizenship. An American born in any Country with one US born parent is a natural born citizen as is any child born on American soil like it or not. Only Hawaii followed the complicated mother´s age and such issues when Obe was born. The real question in obr´s case is did he regain the citizen status waived by his mother when she married Soetero. That said who better to be president than a real American at heart and in actions.
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