“That Lady Stands for Liberty!”


To honor the spirit of Rand Paul today:

“Just get up off the ground, that’s all I ask. Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won’t just see scenery; you’ll see the whole parade of what Man’s carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so’s he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That’s what you’d see. There’s no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that’s what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we’d better get those boys’ camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it’s not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don’t get lost once they come to light. They’re right here; you just have to see them again!”
—Jefferson Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, in “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”

““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.”
– Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky), March 6, 2013, launching filibuster on the Senate floor in order to address the issue of the Obama administration’s belief that they have the power to kill non-combatant Americans in the US with drone strikes

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2 Responses

  1. SRT:
    This is what the Joint Congressional Resolution post 9/11 granted to the President (irrespective of whether he is a well meaning but very flawed big spending and socially liberal Republican (Bush) or a far left liberal (Obama):

    Now, therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, harbored, committed, or aided in the planning or commission of the attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001, and to deter and pre-empt any future acts of terrorism or aggression against the United States.
    ——————————————————————————
    Link: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22357.pdf

    The above does not restrict his “all necessary force” in the U.S…

    I disagree with the power of the president to be able to kill a US person on U.S. soil unless that person presents an imminent/immediate danger to others, but the president was given that power. If they want to take it away from him, let them… If it’s unconstitutional, let them take it to the supreme Court…

    I hope Rand Paul is helped by this for his run in 2016. I hope he does get taggd a junior Ron Paul… well meaning but a “crazy” professor…

  2. SRT:
    ** CORRECTED VERSION **
    This is what the Joint Congressional Resolution post 9/11 granted to the President (irrespective of whether he is a well meaning but very flawed big spending and socially liberal Republican (Bush) or a far left liberal (Obama):
    Now, therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, harbored, committed, or aided in the planning or commission of the attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001, and to deter and pre-empt any future acts of terrorism or aggression against the United States.
    ——————————————————————————
    Link: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22357.pdf
    The above does not restrict his “all necessary force” in the U.S…
    I disagree with the power of the president to be able to kill a US person on U.S. soil unless that person presents an imminent/immediate danger to others, but the president was given that power. If they want to take it away from him, let them… If it’s unconstitutional, let them take it to the supreme Court…
    I hope Rand Paul is helped by this fillibuster for his run in 2016. I hope he does not get tagged a junior Ron Paul… well meaning but a “crazy” professor…

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