Over the past several days Rand Paul stood virtually alone on the floor of the US Senate and dared to debate the constitutionality of the so-called Patriot Act. Senate President Harry Reid was so furious he accused Rand Paul of trying to help terrorists hide their gun purchases. Paul was rightfully offended.
You see, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner had already reached a deal. They shook hands on a four year extension of the act without amendments. Rand Paul insisted that the Senate vote on amendments he proposed, and using the filibuster rules, forced that vote. And now, after his amendments were defeated, you might be asking, what has Rand Paul done?
What he has done is quite simply, amazing. This freshman senator who was told that his role would be to sit down, shut up and do as he was told, made it very clear that when it comes to defending the constitution and the God given rights of Americans, he fully intends to stand up, be heard and do what in his heart he knows is right.
Some with extreme nearsightedness might view the defeat of his amendments as the delivery of a lesson to this young whippersnapper that his actions have been relegated to meaningless antics. But they fail to see the import of what he accomplished. Paul not only proved that he is a man of his word, but he has now forced a bunch of backslapping Senators to go on record either for, or against, the American people. Rand Paul has called them out for all to see. Traitors to liberty hide no more.
Our elected officials behave as if they are unaware of the patriotic spirit building within the chests of the voting population. They are operating according to the old model of government, one that still believes that the citizens are dumb enough to accept whatever we are told without question. They pass legislation which strips away our rights, name it the "Patriot" Act, and rush off to jangle their cuff links at each other over martinis all the while believing that we will be fooled by the title into believing that they are on our side. Rand Paul has cleared that up for us.
America is growing impatient. A revolutionary spirit is building. Our eyes are open far wider, our vision far clearer than Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner suspect. Oh sure, they feel safe in their seats because they think money controls the outcome, that incumbency trumps character and that true patriotism has been relegated to the fringe of politics. But Rand Paul knows better.
And he knows, that the first thing we must do before defeating the enemy is to identify him. Today I suspect a larger number of incumbents who have now clearly identified themselves by their own votes as enemies of liberty are waking up and saying, Oh My God, what has Rand Paul done?
And they thought they were the winners. ROFLMAO