On March 7, 2013, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took a historic stand rising to the floor for a 13 hour filibuster in which he repeatedly admonished the Obama administration’s negligence of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Asserting that the drone program, when used with any intention of assassinating American citizens on domestic soil, was unconstitutional and an assault to our essential liberties and freedom, Paul garnered the support and attention of liberals and conservatives alike across the nation who have growingly developed a deeper distrust and suspicion in government over the years after more and more laws have been written that have called for American citizens to sacrifice freedom and liberty for the sake of security.
Over the course of the last several years going back to the Bush Administration, we have witnessed the enactment of the Patriot Act, the National Surveillance Act, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, and many more government agencies that have blown up our debt and deficit, making us less free economically and less free as a people. With the advent of Ron Paul’s message of liberty in recent years, there has been a steady growth of libertarianism throughout the nation, which has inspired a robust, loyal following to rebel against the workings of big government, but such a change has not been as dynamic and drastic as what happened on Thursday night.
Rand Paul’s 13 hour historic filibuster resulted in many members of his own party to rally around him, and members of the conservative mainstream media began to readily praise and support his cause. Rush Limbaugh, a prominent national conservative radio talk show host, once a supporter of George Bush’s Administration, praised Rand Paul’s speech, and opined on his station that Rand Paul was a “hero to many Americans.” Newly elected Tea Party Senate leaders came to the floor in support of Rand Paul, including Ted Cruz from Texas and Mike Lee from Utah. With the exception of John McCain and Lindsey Campbell, Rand Paul even attracted most or all of the members of the Republican establishment to adopt and support his new libertarian message. Reince Priebus, the national chairman of the Republican National Committee, was tweeting, “Stand with Rand” on the social networking application, Twitter.”
It was truly an amazing dynamic in American politics to witness one man with such political courage to stand up for Americans from the right and from the left on this basic question of liberty afforded to us by the Constitution of the United States of America. Though the Republican Party may have ulterior motives for supporting Rand Paul’s libertarian cause, possibly to oppose the President in any case, I believe yet that this speech represents a fascinating historical and dynamic shift in American policy with the Republican Party structure, and the influence that the speech has had on the minds of many Americans must not be overlooked.