Top 10 Best Things About Rand Paul’s Filibuster

“I will speak until I can no longer speak,” said U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. “I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”

And with that it began. Here are my favorite things about the #StandwithRand phenomenon.

UPDATE: And it worked! After weeks of asking and hours of filibuster, Obama said he will not seek executive power to execute Americans. “I’m disappointed it took a month and a half and a root canal to get it, but we did get the answer,” said Paul.

10. It exposed news bias. If Sen. Paul was a Democrat under Bush, the filibuster against American drone kills would get saturation coverage. The “Bush is Hitler” signs would be out. It took for-e-ver for the media to even notice this one.

9. It flipped public opinion. You could see it slowly gather steam on Twitter as people woke up and then spoke up about the Constitution.

8. Speaking of Twitter, this was a kind of reverse Arab Spring moment with a movement gaining ground because social media was able to get around the censors.

7. Americans discovered that a courageous politician making a stand for life is great TV – better than the network shows.

6. It was suddenly unpatriotic to go to bed, because Rand Paul couldn’t.

5. It gave new energy to the best angels of the Republican party, reviving the party that grew out of opposition to slavery and only holds ground because it defends the right to life.rand

4. The parallels to “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” are uncanny, from the corrupt politicians (you can’t get any more corrupt than being against the right to life, as Obama is) to the partisan-above-all mainstream media to the little guys getting the word out on their own.

3. There is even the character of the good politician gone wrong: “I think it’s also safe to say that Barack Obama of 2007 would be right down here with me arguing against this drone-strike program if he were in the Senate,” Paul said.

2. The allegedly soaring rhetoric of President Obama, as he pursues taxpayer-funded abortion and Catholic-church-funded contraception, pales in comparison to the senator from Kentucky.

1. Strip away the dross and you get to the core of the matter: Does the State have the right to abrogate the right to life when it chooses? Obama thinks so. America, increasingly, doesn’t.

  • http://yahoo Gary Spindlow

    We need significantly more Rand Paul’s in Congress and the Senate. He is a great example to all to follow. He is the type of guy I would picture being President of the USA someday.

  • Pauline Holston

    I am in such admiration for Rand Paul I cannot say enough! God bless him for his willingness to stand up for Right and Principle. Perhaps this will help wake up people across the country!

  • Bob

    The bipartisan filibuster teamwork was refreshing. Obama goes from trying to give foreign militants citizen trial privileges to now killing US citizens without trial. Thank you Rand Paul for calling him out!!!

  • Claudia L Mercer

    With the fear of a liberal pope being chosen, this conservative Roman Catholic US citizen watched the filibuster with sheer glee, pride and hope. It was a flicker of hope in a media controlled world that has lost respect for the sacredness and dignity of life. God bless this man and his supporters for standing up for human dignity and democracy which are the core of our constitution; a document that so many of our current leaders chose to ignore and misconstrue in order to suit their own evil need for power and thus the building of their new government. I only pray more citizens wake up to their misconduct in time.

  • Louis Miller

    Thank you, Senator Paul, for doing something I haven’t seen much of from politicians – for doing something because it’s the right thing to do.

  • Brenda Roper

    I’m thankful someone in Congress will stand up against the atrocities Pres. Obama is pushing on the people of our country. And I was glad to see the Democratic senator join Rand Paul in the filibuster to protect our citizens.



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