During the filibuster on the Senate floor on March 7th, Senator Rand Paul passionately stated:
“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.”
The night before last, on FOX News he said:
“I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”
Another typical politician doing another typical one-eighty on their typical “core principles.” Didn’t see that coming. But if a politician flips this quickly on such a controversial debate, like drones and counter-terrorism, that prolly means he’s been bought. I mean, the defense/intel industry is a very lucrative industry nowadays with all the mission-creep and dirty wars happening overseas. Also, it’s a good “investment,” if you will, for Paul considering the fact that it’s physically impossible to kill an idea.. This is a war that will never end, because they don’t want it to end.
As for your legalese on Constitutional rights, you, sir, are a fucking hack. First of all, neither a drone strike nor a shootout fits the hypothetical crime you’ve imagined up above. If somebody robs a liquor store with a gun, they are a thief, and last I checked armed robbery doesn’t warrant capital punishment. Second, drones??! Are you REALLY that slow?? There is this thing called collateral damage. Ever heard of it? Drones are precise, but not that precise. They aren’t shooting poisonous darts, asshole. Just to give you an idea, your typical Predator UAV carries ordinance called “hellfire missiles.” Are you getting the picture? Do you really wanna unleash hellfire on a public 7-Eleven corner store with customers and employees nearby?
—– Ahhh, but you knew what you were doing! You aren’t THAT stupid… What you did, Mr. Paul, is what the shrewd, sly politician would do in order to hedge against becoming unpopular. You sacrificed your values in order to score political points so to win your incumbency; just like so-called “liberal” Chuck Schumer did when the TARP bailout was being discussed, where he filled his campaign coffers with mills’ in return for his jockeying other dems and libs to secure corporate welfare for Goldman Sachs and all those other crooks that perpetrated the 2008 Financial Con with their toxic financial instruments. Well played Senator Paul, well played. You nailed it.
Or maybe I’m being too cynical..
Possible prediction: a few days from now, you’ll formally apologize and retract your statements. You’ll say something like “I was remiss in regards to my comments the other day blah blah blah.” And, mustering what little life and decency you have left in that tired face of yours, you’ll look directly into the camera (like your PR team told you to) and say “I truly am blah blah blah.” We get the picture. In times of distress, you were trying to be provocative, and you just went too far. You are, after all, a politician: gotta be tough on terrorism, right? And right now especially. With the recent bombings in Boston, you can’t afford to look or appear weak on terrorism. You can’t afford to look or appear to be weak on the drone program. That’d be political suicide! We get it. We understand. Your job must be really REALLY tough, and sometimes all the stress just, well, takes you to crazy town. Understood..
Other possible prediction: you won’t say shit because you were bought.