Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Times they are a-Changin: Rand Paul's Filibuster Fallout

Rand Paul has captured the positive attention of Republicans and Democrats alike, meaning the voters, not his fossilized senior Senators, who it appears are enraged that Paul has left them looking like idiotic saps for having been played by Obama, and boy were they ever.

Here's a relevant stanza from an old Dylan song that brings home the message that the fossils need to internalize right NOW!

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.


Here's a link to the Washington Time's piece on McCain's snit-fit. The commentary does not reflect a high degree of admiration for the Old Guard.


  1. Sen. Paul (R-KY) made the right call in filibustering the arcane Senate on the issue of drone strikes that the US Administration won't rule out - against unwitting US Citizens on American soil who have done nothing wrong in the eyes of US Courts.

    Essentially by abdicating a response, Barack Obama has told us all that assassinations of US Citizens, who have done no legal wrong, can be carried out by their government based on an Executive Branch whim. It is technically 'on the table'.

    Having Obama assert, "trust me" is much the same as a steer signing a treaty with a meat packer or an American Indian agreeing to go to a reservation where they will be treated decently. "In Obama we trust" might work for a few progressives, but even the Democrats have trouble with that. What happens when the next administration is a Republican one and wants to eliminate some pesky Democratic activist. The drone launches from six miles away and a home in an American city is demolished at 2:00 am. There is a slippery slope here.

  2. This whole drone issue is pushing me into the Libertarian camp.