Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who filibustered for 13 hours in March 2013 against the idea of using military drone technology against U.S. citizens, said he supported them being used against criminal suspects in an interview with Fox Business Channel on Monday.
“I have never argued against any technology being used against having an imminent threat, [or] an act of crime going on,” Paul said, referring to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and 50 dollars in cash I don’t care if a Drone kills him or a policeman kills him.
Way to stick to your guns there, Rand…
GOP website not extremely proud of the party it represents.
Salon: The new website for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of House Republicans, has earned a lot of attention in the past week for its bold new attempt to win the Internet and elections by imitating BuzzFeed. On the website today, you can find items like “13 Animals That Are Really Bummed on ObamaCare’s Third Birthday” or a video of President Obama whiffing 20 free throws. There’s more substantive fare too, like a polling memo on the Keystone XL pipeline.
One thing you won’t find on the front page, however, is the word “Republican,” except for at the very bottom in a disclaimer box that reads, “Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee.”
One possible reason for the omission: The Republican brand has seen better days. The latest CNN Poll found that 54 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the GOP, while fewer than three in 10 say they have a positive view of the Republican Party. Just over two-thirds of respondents say the party favors the rich and nearly half think the GOP’s policies are too extreme.
And how about that kicky new landing page, huh? Nothing says a bright new future awaits better than an empty desert highway leading into dark storm clouds.
But this story got me thinking of a seemingly unrelated piece over at Politico. In that one, we’re told that Rand Paul-style “Libertarianism” is a-takin’ over the GOP, so watch out stodgy old party! Yeehaw!
What both stories point to is a Republican Party desperate to distance itself from the Republican Party. Rand Paul breaks with his party on one or two issues, sure. But he’s as “Libertarian” as he is Communist. If you ticked off a list GOP platform planks, Paul would be with his party about 98% — what a wildcard! And let’s not even get into his “fetal rights” BS, which would force women to give birth against their will.
The word “liberty” does not apply there.
No, what Rand Paul and the new NRCC website have in common is that they’re both not so very eager to call themselves Republicans, out of fear the voters will reject them as part of a thoroughly ruined brand.
Because that’s somehow freedom, I guess.
Everybody got a kick out of Rand Paul’s filibuster last week. I noted that he actually made the case for what filibusters should be — and thus why filibuster reform is so important. Others focused on the his conspicuous defense of civil liberties. But something has been rattling around my head since that all went down. Was this too-seldom defense of civil liberties or a dog whistle appeal to the black helicopter crowd?…
Dear Senator Paul:
It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer to that question is no.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
[Senate majority leader Harry] Reid and the others let Paul talk because they didn’t really care all that much, and because they knew they had the votes to invoke cloture whenever they wanted to. For his part, Paul ended his filibuster because he never intended to keep it going forever in the first place. He wanted publicity, and never really thought that he could block John Brennan’s nomination.
The Rand Paul Hypocrisy
I question the use of drones and despise how aspects of our military are slowly being turned into high stakes video game .. but I equally despise the theater of Rand Paul as he uses hyperbolic scenarios to paint a picture of peaceful citizens being attacked by Obama while he ENDORSES the elimination of laws that protect women, minorities and other vulnerable classes from virtually the same scenario…
Yes. Me too.