Posts Tagged ‘Senate’
I’m not sure I believe it.
Rand Paul is actually filibustering. Not threatening to, not saying he will, he’s actually doing it.
He’s talking, and talking, and talking, and talking. The way it’s supposed to be done. The way it used to be done. The way it always should have been done.
But no, through time we’ve cheapened the filibuster, and turned it into a declaration rather than an act.
But the act requires some balls. You have to stay awake, for one thing. For another, how are you going to pee? That could prove to be a problem, but it’s not one without solutions (as a diver who wears a drysuit, I’m aware of a few potential ones.) Then there’s the need for food and water, and those bear directly on the what would normally come out the other end.
I admire this act. He’s right on the facts too — that we shouldn’t get a vote until we have something that amounts to a real declaration of policy on murdering people without trial. Such an act is in fact murder when conducted in America, and The President does not have the authority to commit murder.
If you think he does, or that he can delegate that, then you are committing two grievous errors that are likely to blow up in your face at some time in the future.
- You are removing the rule of law. We already do a lot of that, but this is not a precedent you should sit for. It leads to some very dark places; a man who can order up the murder of someone without indictment or trial is a dictator — period.
- It legitimates murder of our leaders, law enforcement and all others involved in such decisions. If government doesn’t have to bother with due process neither does anyone else. This is how civil wars happen — usually not immediately, but with a high degree of certainty.
This sort of mealy-mouth nonsense by the administration must not stand. Rand Paul has correctly identified this as a place to stick a stake in the ground and say thou shalt not pass.
We should join him.
We should do so in a peaceful means of putting a stop to this crap.
There are such means.
Are you willing to take peaceful, lawful action now in a bid to prevent the spreading of gross lawless and violent action later?
Think about it a bit over a beer or three.
It’s worth your contemplation.
South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina’s junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million.
Sen. DeMint’s departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint’s replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.
Do not underestimate the meaning of this or its timing.
I know people will, and will try to look at this as simply a “move that will popularize conservative values.” You’re wrong folks.
If you’ve followed Mr. DeMint over the years you know that he “gets it”, and that when not on the floor he is rather blunt with his constituents and anyone else who cares to pay attention.
Sometimes a bell does ring at important inflection points.
This is, in my opinion, one of those times.
Expect a Tickercon change within the next two weeks.