The snarling, obnoxious RINOS who always find a way to roast their own rather than the real enemies on the other side of the aisle have struck again. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. blasted Rand Paul, R-Ky., for his 12 hour filibuster in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.
Sen. Paul filibustered Obama nominee John Brennan for CIA Director. The issue was the administration's drone program, which Attorney General Eric Holder claims gives the president the authority to kill Americans on U.S. soil without any due process of law whatsoever. Paul had help from only three other Republicans -- Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Graham's response? The president needs the authority to kill Americans in cold blood on U.S. soil because "they may have been recruited by al Qaeda."
When confronted by the Constitutional mandate that the accused be formally charged, arrested, placed on trial, and receive a verdict and a sentence, Graham angrily snarled something about there being a war and that this trumps all due process of law.
It is assumed that Graham is referring to the nebulous and never-ending "war on terror," which conveniently allows the American government to remain in perpetual war mode indefinitely, presumably for hundreds of years. After all, when does one ever really "win" such a war as long as there is one terrorist on earth who can do great harm?
This never-ending "war" is simply too convenient for power-hungry Washington. Rights can be suspended at will as long as the powers that be claim that whatever dreadful actions they took are justified due to the "war."
Not to be outdone, Sen. McCain chimed in on the issue, claiming that Sen. Paul had "pulled a political stunt" that would hurt the Republican Party. He also advised Paul to "calm down."
Graham stated that he had already decided to vote against Brennan as CIA Director but that Paul's "ridiculous" filibuster had "pushed me to support him."
Sorry, Senator, but that statement alone makes you sound like a two-year-old throwing a tantrum designed to punish Rand Paul for daring launch a filibuster on one of the most important concepts in a free society -- due process of law. And if you can vote for someone like Brennan just because you got your underwear in knot over a colleague's opposition, then perhaps you are not fit for the Senate any longer.
Curiously, McCain, Graham, and 10 other Republican senators wined and dined with Obama at the White House while Sen. Paul was fighting for the rights of citizens in the Senate chamber. Those senators were McCain, Graham, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, Tom Coburn, Kelly Ayotte, Mike Johanns, Saxby Chambliss, Richard Burr, Dan Coates, Bob Corker, and John Hoeven.
Graham is up for reelection in 2014, and as of now he has given serious, thinking American patriots plenty of reason to oppose him and to find a candidate who reflects the Constitutional values that characterize a majority of South Carolina voters.
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