Friday, March 8, 2013

Rand Paul and our Constitutional Law expert president

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Libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's filibuster forced Atty. Gen. Eric Holder's hand the other day while helping to open the eyes of Americans to President Obama's creeping expanse of power in the use of drones, not only in other nations, but here at home as well; never mind that the former Constitutional law instructor has been giving the U.S. Constitution short shrift.

The Chicago Trib's John Kass succintly describes how establishment politicians dissed Paul:
Republican Sen. John McCain is pushing 80 now, but he still has those jaws and the Teddy Roosevelt teeth that look as if they could chomp through a baseball bat.

Yet no matter how vital his bite, the Arizona Republican is getting up in years. So he can't help but add to the litany of stupid things he's said.

We all say stupid things, but what came out of McCain's mouth the other day about fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul's heroic filibuster on the Senate floor wasn't merely foolish.

It was Homeric in its stupidity.

Paul, a young libertarian whippersnapper from Kentucky, took to the floor for some 13 hours, arguing that the Constitution was sacred, and that President Barack Obama can't use drones to execute Americans without trial.
Paul's courage became a sensation. Tea party folks on the right and even some on the left were thrilled that someone would stand for civil liberties.

But McCain, crotchety establishmentarian that he is, wasn't impressed.

"If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids," McCain said. "I don't think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people."
Impressionable libertarian kids?

Finally, the old establishment Republican bulls express their true feelings about young Americans who dare think the Constitution is worth keeping.

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