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Senator Rand Paul Comes of Age
Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell

Posted on 03/14/2013 7:47:03 AM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON -- When Senator Rand Paul took to the floor of the United States Senate the morning of March 6 he really -- as they say -- may have made a difference. It is a difference in our awareness of the issues facing the country. It is a difference in our perception of the man who is leading the country, President Barack Obama. It might even have been a difference in the direction the country will go. Will it continue on its melancholy path toward statism or will it follow the course of freedom as laid out by the Founding Fathers?

Senator Paul rose ostensibly "to begin to filibuster John Brennan's nomination for the CIA." Yet he aimed higher. As he explained it in the Washington Post on March 10, "I wanted to sound an alarm bell from coast to coast. I wanted everybody to know that our Constitution is precious, and that no American should be killed by a drone without first being charged with a crime. As Americans, we have fought long and hard for the Bill of Rights. The idea that no person shall be held without due process, and that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted, is a founding American principle and a basic right." Thus he filibustered for 13 hours, and his views redounded around the Internet, on Tweeter, on Facebook. Everywhere!

Senator Paul is a tea party senator. He does not tailor his message to the pollsters' wise counsel. His staff does not include handlers with political antennas. Frankly, I doubt there was much advance notice to his filibuster. He just went out and did what he thought was called for by events, and the result was astounding. Millions of people, many who had never thought much about drones and due process, listened and took his side. My guess is that this moment is going to last. Senator Paul has come into his own, and what I know about him suggests that he will be a major figure in the Republican Party for years to come. He has his mind on the issues that matter.

This is what the tea party does so well. It raises awareness around the country about the slovenly way government is dealing with finances. It focuses attention about shoddy government in Washington and about constitutional issues that are being ignored. The tea party cares about those issues because they are essential to our freedom. Senator Paul believes that American rights as embedded in the Constitution are being endangered. After his performance on the floor of the Senate, millions of other Americans now share his concern. He may just possibly have given the tea party movement a digitalis. He may lead us into 2014 midterm elections not unlike the 2010 midterm election. There is a frisson of excitement about his performance that is not going away.

It would be a mistake to read too much into Senator Paul's triumph at this stage. Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsay Graham went way too far in denouncing him. But the jury is out as to how Senator Paul will perform on the world stage. The libertarian worldview flirts a little too closely with isolationism, for my money. But Senator Paul has plenty of room to grow there, and he made a very successful trip to Israel that indicates he wants to grow and maintains an open mind.

We will see if President Obama does as well. He just installed at the Pentagon the most anti-Israel cabinet official in memory and at the State Department a secretary who, two generations ago, carried the arguments of our communist enemies into the Vietnam War debate. He also installed as head of the CIA a director who, in John Brennan, is closer to the Arab line than any recent top spymaster has ever been.

It was Brennan on whom Senator Paul focused his now famous filibuster. On Feb. 20, Senator Paul inquired of John Brennan whether "the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial." On March 4, Attorney General Eric Holder answered Senator Paul's inquiry with an inconclusive statement of boilerplate. Holder's letter opened more questions than it resolved. He should have answered "no." That Senator Paul knew to focus his attack this way suggests he is a shrewd player, and that the old guard who have stood so firm in our long war against Islamist terror would be wise to spend less time denouncing him and more time trying to win him as an ally.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 113th; emmetttyrrell; filibuster; foreignaffairs; johnbrennan; libertarians; randpaul; randpaulfilibuster; standwithrand

1 posted on 03/14/2013 7:47:03 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Im not a Paul fan...mostly because of his dad and the run of the mill followers( and the big money guys) BUT Rand has made some excellent points and I may be persuaded to support him. Time will tell. Id love to be proven totally wrong about Rand Paul.


2 posted on 03/14/2013 7:51:15 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: rrrod
Did u know that Rand Paul has his own Amnesty plan?

Read about it here.
3 posted on 03/14/2013 7:58:28 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: Kaslin
It would be a mistake to read too much into Senator Paul's triumph at this stage. Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsay Graham went way too far in denouncing him. But the jury is out as to how Senator Paul will perform on the world stage. The libertarian worldview flirts a little too closely with isolationism, for my money. But Senator Paul has plenty of room to grow there, and he made a very successful trip to Israel that indicates he wants to grow and maintains an open mind.

Those two RINOs should become extinct next time there are up for election. Lindsey is a member of the GOP because citizens of SC wouldn't elect a DEM, so he decided to run as a RINO instead of a Dem, and McCain needs to retire!!

4 posted on 03/14/2013 8:22:52 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: rrrod
I am not a Ron Paul fan, however I could vote for his son in the 2016 primary, but then there are others I could vote for. I will however not vote for anyone that is pressured to run. I learned my lesson in the 2008 primary when I was planning to voted for Fred Thompson, who used to be my senator, but dropped out before the primary in Tennessee started.

Herman Cain was my first choice in the 2012 primary but it never got to that as he was forced to drop out by the left before the primaries even started with their smears and rumors against him.

5 posted on 03/14/2013 8:27:39 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Looks like Rand Paul will fail us. He stated America will have to embrace immigrants. Like it hasn’t? He should have said immigrants need to embrace America.


6 posted on 03/14/2013 8:30:50 AM PDT by BobMorrison
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To: SoConPubbie; rrrod
Perhaps we should look at what the good Senator actually says about illegal immigration?

I do not support amnesty, I support legal immigration and recognize that the country has been enriched by those who seek the freedom to make a life for themselves. However, millions of illegal immigrants are crossing our border without our knowledge and causing a clear threat to our national security. I want to work in the Senate to secure our border immediately. In addition, I support the creation of a border fence and increased border patrol capabilities.

Immigrants should meet the current requirements, which should be enforced and updated. I realize that subsidizing something creates more of it, and do not think the taxpayer should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expenses for illegal immigrants. Once the subsidies for illegal immigration are removed, the problem will likely become far less common.

I support local solutions to illegal immigration as protected by the 10th amendment. I support making English the official language of all documents and contracts.

Millions crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation's security. Instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I am open to the construction of bases to protect our border.

7 posted on 03/14/2013 8:35:08 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: BobMorrison; Kaslin
“We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future,” the senator will say. “We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says, ‘If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.’”

Rand Paul embrace immigrants quote.

8 posted on 03/14/2013 8:42:38 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: BobMorrison; jpsb

Read post# 7 by Freeper jbsb instead of jumping to conclusions


9 posted on 03/14/2013 8:44:33 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: jpsb; rrrod
Perhaps we should look at what the good Senator actually says about illegal immigration?

You're problem is so did John McCain, GWB, Marco Rubio et. all.

And yet, just like these Amnesty Queens did, he then speaks out of the other side of his mouth and lays out a plan to give Amnesty to 2 million Illegal Aliens each and every year after "if Congress agreed that border security was progressing".

So Congress, comprised of Democrats and RINOs who are wholly in favor of Amnesty and a smaller number of actual conservatives who actually are against Amnesty in any form, is supposed to be the trigger point for giving Amnesty to 2 million criminal invaders each and every year?

And you still take him at his workd that he does not support Amnesty?
10 posted on 03/14/2013 9:24:59 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: Kaslin; BobMorrison
Read post# 7 by Freeper jbsb instead of jumping to conclusions

How about you go to the link I provided up-thread that shows Rand Paul's plan to "normalize"(Amnesty) 2 million Illegal Aliens each and every year AFTER "if Congress agreed that border security was progressing".
11 posted on 03/14/2013 9:26:37 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Who is it you have in mind that is NOT going to give us ‘a path to citizenship’...who?


12 posted on 03/14/2013 9:32:32 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: AuntB

There already is a “path to citizenship”....it’s called, “Do what every other legal immigrant did to get their citizenship....get in line.”


13 posted on 03/14/2013 9:33:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AuntB

So far, Ted Cruz, as far as I know, hasn’t succombed to this GOP and Country Destroying action.


14 posted on 03/14/2013 9:34:10 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Thanks! We need to watch them all!

Do note that Cruz wants to increase work visas. “and in particular, expand high-skilled immigration “http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/340548/ted-cruz-little-skeptical-about-potuss-immigration-goodheartedness-betsy-woodruff

It bothers me that he believes or pushes this lie: “Hispanics are a fundamentally conservative community.”
http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/SenTed-Cruz-US-Must-Get-Serious-About-Securing-the-Borders/2013/01/26/id/487514
EVERY poll and all their voting proves this wrong.

NONE of them are EVER going to give us all we want. Be careful about destroying the field so early...the same mistake that’s always made around here. All it gets us is the worst rino around...ie, bush, dole, bush, mccain, romney


15 posted on 03/14/2013 9:49:51 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: SoConPubbie
“Rand Paul and Amnesty”

I've read through Rand's “Immigration Policy” at his own website.

I still have no idea what his policy is concerning the 11 million illegal immigrants already in America.

Rand makes all the same cute political noises that every other pro-Amnesty Republican makes.

Secure the border, English as America's official language, no welfare, follow the rules, blah, blah, blah, blah.

But, NO employer penalties, NO mention of E-Verify, NO mention of a “path to citizenship.”

Bottom line.....

When a politician will not tell you EXACTLY what he plans to do about 11 million illegals, you KNOW he supports Amnesty, and you KNOW he supports a path to citizenship for 11 million new Democrat voters.

16 posted on 03/14/2013 12:35:29 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: SoConPubbie

I think illegal immigration is doing tremendous damage to our country. That being said, there is no possible way that the United States is going to round up 11 million people and deport them. It will not happen. Build a fence. Sue illegal employers. Put a few big agro, restaurant chains and construction firms out of business and things will begin to turn around. Sort the rest of the minor details out later. First, stop the influx, stop the incentive.


17 posted on 03/14/2013 1:08:39 PM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: SoConPubbie

who are you trying to talk to>???? LOL


18 posted on 03/14/2013 2:01:00 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: zeestephen

He does not support e-verify which is a costly Federal program.

He wants the 11 millions to have a visa and get in line for a green card, which leads to citizenship in 20 years or so?

That’s my understanding of it.

He is happy to legalize the 11million and he doesn’t want to fine them, charge them back taxes or screw their employers.

But he also wants to make sure that the border is secure so there isn’t another wave to deal with in future.


19 posted on 03/14/2013 5:13:06 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: zeestephen

Also he doesn’t want them to have welfare.

He will have amendments to the forthcoming bill so you can see for yourself what he has mind.

My guess is he will vote against the bill because he’s unlikely to get everything he wants.

He wants congress to vote on border security before visas’s are handed out to the illegals rather than on the say so of the administration.

I doubt they will allow this.


20 posted on 03/14/2013 5:15:47 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan
The 2013 Amnesty will be a clone of the 1986 Amnesty, and I believe Rand Paul is very much aware of that.

Reagan claimed he was giving Amnesty to 1 million illegals.

That number turned out to be 3 million and is still rising.

27 years later, foreigners may still register for it using documents that are rarely checked and almost never rejected.

Reagan's Amnesty contained everything that Rand Paul has demanded.

Unfortunately, within days of passage, IRCA (the 1986 Amnesty) was under assault in the courts, in the Congress, and in the federal bureaucracy.

The border was never secured, employer sanctions were never imposed, and background checks were so rare that one researcher says that IRCA was “the greatest fraud ever perpetrated by the federal government.”

The political impact of Reagan's Amnesty was quickly apparent.....

72% of Hispanics voted AGAINST Vice President George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election!

Rand Paul seems to be unaware that most of the welfare programs he plans to deny for 11 million “new” legal residents are currently open to ALL of them as illegal immigrants.

In most states, no proof of legal residence is required to obtain Food Stamps, comprehensive medical care for pregnant women, AFDC, Medicaid for children, unemployment benefits, heating subsidies, rent subsidies, or emergency room treatment for illegal adults.

How exactly is Rand Paul going to DENY people welfare they are already receiving?

By the way, E-Verify is not expensive for 98% of the cases it checks, which get an instant approval.

It is simply a computer program, just like the program you use to look at your Social Security statement online.

Finally, the “Visa” to “Green Card” to “Citizenship” after 20 years policy won't last 15 minutes in front of a “Living Constitution” Democrat judge.

All 11 million (or 30 million?) will be citizens within four years.

Bottom Line.....

If Rand Paul gets his bill passed, Conservatism will be politically dead by 2016.

21 posted on 03/14/2013 10:11:35 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Hear! Hear!


22 posted on 03/14/2013 10:22:58 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: zeestephen

Hear! Hear!


23 posted on 03/14/2013 10:22:59 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: zeestephen

Rand is against federal databases and therefore e-verify. This is the correct position. Do you really want everyone who wants to get a job having to run their name through a federal database? The feds could blacklist people for jobs. Normal Americans.

Rand wants to deny them welfare though amendment he will offer to the bill. I doubt he will get what he wants and I suspect he will not support the bill.


24 posted on 03/15/2013 6:07:46 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: BobMorrison
Two million immigrants that's scary.
25 posted on 03/18/2013 7:00:33 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Remember congress passed a law that would stop medicaid to illegals? Somehow, I don’t think that law is being observed. There are 1000 illegal babies in Parkland Hospital in Dallas being born every month. There is no way the hospital could afford that without medicaid paying for it.


26 posted on 03/18/2013 7:04:34 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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