LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2013 — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul mounted a courageous thirteen-hour filibuster against CIA Director nominee John Brennan. Senator Paul wanted to know if the Obama White House believed that the President has the right to target American citizens on American soil with predator drones. Despite the Obama presidency being a multi-year filibuster, Senator Paul finally got Attorney General Eric Holder to admit that such an action would be unconstitutional.
Director Brennan was confirmed, which normally would have been the end of the story. Yet while several Republican Senators including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were supporting and praising their colleague, a couple others were dining with President Obama and preparing to devour one of their own.
One can always count on Arizona Senator John McCain and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to undermine Republicans when the GOP is winning. Senator McCain is a war hero, which he seems to think gives him absolute moral authority on defense issues.
(Full disclosure: I backed McCain in the 2000 GOP presidential primary and the 2008 general election.)
McCain and Graham called Paul’s filibuster “childish,” and said that it appealed to college kids “in their dorm rooms.” In other words, a bunch of slackers and stoners who don’t know anything supported a guy speaking loudly and saying nothing.
This criticism could not be further from the truth.
My foreign policy views are Neoconservative. My support for the Iraq War never wavered, and I believe that America absolutely should use military force to topple Iran and Syria. My criticism of Ron Paul is a criticism of the Paleconservative foreign policy platform. Many Ron Paul supporters are screaming college kids engaging in political Beatlemania. Many of them really do care about free marijuana. In terms of defending our nation, John McCain usually towers over Ron and Rand Paul.
So why would a Neocon side with Rand Paul over John McCain?
Because principles matter. It’s not about being right. It’s about doing right. The President absolutely should have the right to use predator drones to kill enemy combatants on foreign soil. On American soil, the Bill of Rights and due process of law ban this practice.
Rand Paul did what John McCain failed to do in his presidential campaign. Rand Paul got Barack Obama and Eric Holder to go on the record for the first time about accepting limits to their own power.
Rand Paul was not speaking about legalizing marijuana. He was speaking about a serious constitutional issue. One can disagree with the Libertarian stand on drugs and still embrace their view against drones on American soil.
Senator Paul’s speech was not fluff. He did not even read out of the phone book. For thirteen hours he captivated the country with substance. He forced President Obama to concede that the Obama White House does not have the absolute power that exists in North Korea and Chicago. Obama answers to the people.
President Obama gets away with virtually everything. McCain and Graham have not gotten to the truth about Benghazi. Yet they ridicule the one colleague who finally forced Obama’s hand on an issue the White House did not want discussed.
One does not have to agree with the Paul foreign policy approach to praise his filibuster. In fact; I praise him as a harsh critic of his ideas about foreign and military policy. Anybody can praise people they generally agree with. On foreign policy, McCain and Graham have frequently deserved praise. McCain should always be credited with standing by the 2007 Bush-Petraeus “surge” that saved victory in Iraq.
In 2013, it was Rand Paul who stood tall. On domestic drones, he is right and his critics are wrong. He deserves only praise for his filibuster. His supporters deserve a ton of credit for lighting up the social media platforms to encourage him and keep it going. They may frequently use these platforms for negative purposes, but that does not change how positive and right they were this time.
Shame on you McCain and Graham. You’re better than that. At least you should be.
Senator Paul, well done. You done good, sir.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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