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Rand Paul ready for a standing filibuster 2.0 on Syria? (Video in the link)
Hot Air.com ^ | September 3, 2013 | ERIKA JOHNSON

Posted on 09/04/2013 2:02:30 AM PDT by Kaslin

Remember Sen. Rand Paul’s epic talking filibuster last spring over the government’s use of lethal drone strikes? It lasted a little bit less than 13 hours and garnered him a lot of mainstream- and social-media attention, and it sounds like he feels strongly enough about the resolution on a Syrian strike the White House is hoping to push through Congress that he’s isn’t unwilling to have another go at staging a similar Senatorial showcase. Via National Journal:

Paul was not bullish on his chances of success, however, saying “it would be historic” to stop the authorization, as it has the support of President Obama, Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “50-50 [odds] might be optimistic,” he said.

Still, Paul vowed to fight on in the Senate. He said that opponents of intervention in Syria, following allegations of chemical-weapons use by the government of President Bashar al-Assad, would almost assuredly push for a 60-vote majority in the Senate. …

“Whether there’s an actual standing filibuster,” he said, “I’ve got to check my shoes” and ability to tame his bladder, which is what ultimately caused the end of his drone filibuster.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid let it be known earlier today that he expects that he’ll have the votes to pass the resolution even if there is a filibuster, but whether that was a serious assessment, or a bullish ploy to make it seem more popular than it really is, remains to be seen. When the resolution does come to a vote, Paul gave us a preview of what a standing filibuster might sound like during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing earlier today:



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1 posted on 09/04/2013 2:02:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Somebody has to stop the psychopaths.


2 posted on 09/04/2013 2:10:29 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t be a need for a filibuster but the left is willing to start a war to get away from the current scandals that appear to be fading away anyway.

The majority of the GOP are castrated lemmings.


3 posted on 09/04/2013 2:12:31 AM PDT by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: maddog55

...”The majority of the GOP are castrated lemmings”...

This is what happens to career politicians. The people are the least of their concerns. They are padding their wallets at the expense of America and it’s people. Rand Paul is not among them. He is a statesman because he knows history, has a brain to think with and principles to uphold. He is not beholden to the “machine.” A true statesman is a rare figure in the halls of Congress and Senator Paul, I think, is one.


4 posted on 09/04/2013 2:38:10 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: jazzlite

Add to that Sen. Ted Cruz as well.


5 posted on 09/04/2013 2:43:05 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

Wow - Kerry would not look up the entire time that Sen Paul was addressing him - not once. He was pretending to write notes, etc but would not look up. Not once.

Isn’t what this regime is about - refusing to acknowledge others’ points of view and attempting ridicule to minimize others’ opinions?

What a sad state we’re in with these morons. We have Russia’s president much closer to the position of Americans. We have Isreal’s head schooling 0dumbo multiple times. We have leaders around the world calling him a coward to put politics above leadership. We have a world falling to pieces on his watch and he lays blame at others’ feet. He gives weapons to drug lords and blames others. He uses the police power of the executive branch in criminal operations and blames others.

This guy is an absolute joke. I hope we survive him and his cabal of morons.


6 posted on 09/04/2013 3:00:46 AM PDT by Principled
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To: Biggirl

Huh?


7 posted on 09/04/2013 3:07:01 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: Biggirl

What do you have against Senator Cruz?


8 posted on 09/04/2013 3:08:45 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

Nothing. Both Paul and Cruz ARE GIANTS in the the Senate. Should had better explain myself. Having my second cup of morning joe.


9 posted on 09/04/2013 3:11:39 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: maddog55

Is Rand Ready? If he does, and is outvoted, and if it goes badly for America—Rand Paul will be the next president of the USA. Imagine if russia starts to release all the stuff they have on Obama? what happens if Iran is pulled in and Israel? I fear things could go badly fast.


10 posted on 09/04/2013 3:17:43 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Go badly it will, it will be of Biblical proportion too... for these things have been prophesied in the Bible. Isaiah 17:1-2 says "The burden against Damascus. 'Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap". Damascus has existed for over 2,500 yrs and has never become a "ruinous heap" till now. Other prophecies say Israel's surrounding neighbors will attack but Israel will defeat them.

I'm of the belief that if Obama pulls the trigger, we will loose at least one navy vessel and there will be great loss of life and great embarrassment for the US. I also believe these are the last days... turn to God while there is yet time... the US is out of time.

11 posted on 09/04/2013 3:41:21 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Kaslin

Bring in the porta-potty and a coffee maker and have at it Senator! And, a wireless mic...


12 posted on 09/04/2013 3:53:42 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Kaslin
SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Madison was very explicit, when he wrote the Federalist papers, he wrote that history supposes, or the constitution supposes what history demonstrates is that the executive is the branch most likely to go to war and therefore the constitution vested that power in the Congress. It is explicit throughout all of Madison's writings. This power is a Congressional power and it is not an executive power. They didn't say big war, small war. They didn't say boots on the ground, not boots on the ground. They said declare war.

That's not exactly correct. The Constitution also empowers Congress to grant letters of Marque and Reprisal.

Many pretend these don't exist, and that they're from a bygone era.

However, what they are are military or covert operations less than war that injure an enemy for reasons of reprisal or national security interest.

So, Congress can grant a letter to pursue an objective that injures an enemy, even militarily, but that is less than war.

13 posted on 09/04/2013 3:56:40 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Kaslin

How about Rand Paul drop his own Amnesty Proposal first.

I’d trust him a whole lot more then.

I’d also believe, a whole lot easier, that this was more than just political theater.


14 posted on 09/04/2013 4:31:02 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: jazzlite
This is what happens to career politicians. The people are the least of their concerns. They are padding their wallets at the expense of America and it’s people. Rand Paul is not among them. He is a statesman because he knows history, has a brain to think with and principles to uphold. He is not beholden to the “machine.” A true statesman is a rare figure in the halls of Congress and Senator Paul, I think, is one.

A Statesman does not offer up an Amnesty plan AS Rand Paul has.

Anyone who offers up an Amnesty plan to provide Amnesty for 30 million+ Undocumented Democrats can only be labeled a Traitor or extremely stupid.

I know Rand Paul is not stupid.
15 posted on 09/04/2013 4:33:36 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: jazzlite

If he filibusters on this I think people will start gathering at the Capitol.

Many No War for Ego signs.

If he filibusters, he will be the head of Whatever party he chooses. He will be a remarkable leftist fighter.


16 posted on 09/04/2013 4:43:37 AM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough...)
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To: Chickensoup
If he filibusters on this I think people will start gathering at the Capitol. Many No War for Ego signs.

No War For Snake Oil! No War For Gas!

Sadly, most people can't bestir themselves to phone their congressman, never mind protest. The usual excuse: "Phone call's useless...and I have to work."

17 posted on 09/04/2013 4:55:54 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: SoConPubbie

Sorry, but the topic is 0bama’s war on Syria, not amnesty. Don’t change the subject by trying to hijack my thread


18 posted on 09/04/2013 5:00:45 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: Biggirl

Oh, okay thanks. I misunderstood you.


19 posted on 09/04/2013 5:02:29 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: Chickensoup
...If he filibusters on this I think people will start gathering at the Capitol....

This is the path followed by the Left: rule by mob. Whomever is the loudest carries the day. We should avoid such behavior. I am completely sympathetic to Senator Paul's position, but I disagree that a filibuster would be an effective strategy politically or an appropriate course for a duly elected official of this great Republic. Going to war is a grave decision and Congress deserves to have a vote. Denying the people's legislative body the right to express its preference is wrong, and I am certain that the Founding Fathers would not support a parliamentary gimmick to forestall a vote on the most serious question a country can ever pose to itself. The Founding Fathers would not approve of the erection of such a barrier to the legitimate democratic process even though to a man they would condemn this unwarranted incursion in the affairs of another country.

20 posted on 09/04/2013 5:39:03 AM PDT by irish_links
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