It is no secret that Rand Paul’s filibustered during the senate yesterday gave him plenty of media coverage. A good deal of the coverage from both the left and the right was high praise for his daring and old school act of actually talking during a filibuster. Unfortunately, with the exception of right leaning publications, most of the media’s praise was only for the length of his filibuster and not much was dedicated to the content. And, even though Paul Rand had his champions (T. Cruz, M. Rubio and others), not every republican, especially war hawks, agreed that his filibuster was necessary or needed.
“We need hearings,” McCain said. “But that conversation should not be about drones killing Jane Fonda and people in cafes. It should be all about what authority and what checks and balances should exist…”
Those that oppose Rand Paul’s filibuster are missing the bigger picture, which, like most things Rand Paul discusses, is mixed in with a story he’s picked up from one of his favorite right leaning speakers or publications. Since Rand Paul is the equivalent of a decepticon in my world, whenever he speaks I stop and ask myself why is he saying that and what is the real point behind what he’s saying; which, by the way, is not an easy fete since Rand Paul tends to go off topic and misses the whole concept of cohesion when conducting a speech. On the surface it seemed Rand Paul was opining on a topic that many people have strong feeling for, especially when the issue is drones being used against American citizens on American soil. Even so, it should be noted that the use of drones is not a new military weapon. It was also deployed by President George W Bush (during that unforgettable era when invading a country needlessly was popular). I’m more then positive Rand Paul was alive and living in America back then. Yet, throughout all my searches I have failed to find any vocal or written dissent by him in regards to the usage of drones back then.
Why are drones problematic for Rand Paul now? The issue of using drones is a very volatile issue and will probably rage on with the public until the promised transparency is revealed by the White house; but, putting that aside, it didn’t take me long to uncover the truth on why Rand Paul has an issue with drones. The real truth is not a shocker since Rand Paul is notorious for participating in conspiracy theories (here, here and here). Nor was it difficult to find out the real answer to why Rand Paul has a problem with the usage of drones under President Obama.
Thankfully Bryant Fischer, top spokesperson for the certified hate group American Family Association, was kind enough to articulate what the real problem Rand Paul has with drones…another dumb conspiracy.
On the one hand I am not one to dismiss an important topic, but on the other hand if you are going to take an important issue and make it the equivalent of a conspiracy then I must dismiss the messenger — Rand Paul.