Rand Paul, Constitutional loyalist or self-serving politician?
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 23:03
Filibusters are something of legend in the United States Senate, and while the 13-hour filibuster on Wednesday failed to be dramatic like films have portrayed them to be, Sen. Rand Paul’s stalling of the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director lit up social media and sparked debate over the controversial drone program.
Paul, who is known for his involvement with the Tea Party movement, voiced his concerns about the drone program, which he believes violates the Constitutional rights of American citizens. Paul is under the impression that the U.S. government believes it has the authority to carry out drone attacks on U.S. soil. That sounds absurd, but his concern is valid after Attorney General Eric Holder said he could see a scenario where a drone strike could be ordered against Americans in the U.S.
Paul’s main concern is that the drone program is a form of executive ordered execution that violates the right to fair trial. President Barack Obama has come under fire for his assumed affinity for using drone attacks in Pakistan, but does Paul sincerely believe Obama will bring the “drone war” to America?
While the Tea Party movement can be overly dramatic, Paul’s stalwart stance on protecting Constitutional rights has to be commended. But was Paul’s filibuster truly a display of loyalty to Americans and the Constitution?
Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, is known as the son of Rep. Ron Paul, the godfather of the Tea Party movement. Paul is considered a legitimate presidential candidate and has been quietly making a name for himself in the Senate, and he is now in the open after Wednesday. Americans are looking at his libertarian platform more closely now, and that could benefit Paul moving forward.
Is it possible that Paul’s filibuster was a calculated move to gain momentum for a potential presidential run in 2016? It is entirely possible, but considering Paul’s record, it is more likely that the American people have a white knight in Washington who is working to preserve their Constitutional rights.