The big news of the day seems to be the aftermath of the filibuster held for 13 hours by Senator Rand Paul. He should need no introduction, as his father is former Representative Ron Paul. He shares some of his father’s extreme libertarian ideology, but not all. If nothing else, it seems he is more than willing to ask the questions of government that many of our politicians are not willing to ask. That’s why he began the old-school talking filibuster in the first place. He asked a question of Attorney General Eric Holder and not being satisfied with Holder’s quibbling of an answer, took matters into his own hands.
The main topic of the push backs by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham is simple. They believe Rand Paul is asking a question that has no merit and demeans the nature of the United States Senate. Senator Graham even went so far as to say the question did not deserve an answer. To that, I say hogwash. Blindly trusting that President Obama, or any other President, will do what is right is more than a little naive and/or ignorant.
(Ace of Spades) Now it’s possible they’re suspicious of Rand Paul and think he’s carrying water for his father’s Doctrinaire Pacifism but under the false flag of a much more narrow issue on which he has the right; that is, they think he’s trying to move opinion to the Doctrine Pacifist camp in the typical way the Pacifists and anti-American agitators do it, to wit, seizing one one particular grabby issue at a time.
I have to confess I have the same suspicion. I do believe Rand Paul is his father’s son.
But even so, to just dogmatically bark that we should trust the president and the military on every question and assume they’re “acting for our own good” is idiotic.
For one thing, the greatest crimes occur when large groups of people convince themselves they’re “acting for the greater good.”
For another thing, it is fundamentally undemocratic to tell American citizens their duty is to simply trust those higher-up in the chain of command and to not bother with all this questioning business.
American citizens are actually at the top of the chain of command: They’re citizens. Or at least we used to think so.
McCain and Graham seem to have a military mindset in which orders come from command and duty comes from the troops. That is a fine and noble mindset… for people acting within the command structure of the Armed Forces of the United States of America for missions undertaken for the Armed Forces of the United States of America. It will not due for a Senator, though, and neither would it due for a Senator’s superior officer, a citizen of the United States.
And while a soldier must obey his superior officer as to military business, in the ballot box he’s his own man.
McCain and Graham should stop trying to be Good Soldiers and start trying to be Good Citizens for a change.
There are some issues on which I disagree with Senator Rand Paul. On others, not so much. But at the very least, he is willing to ask questions. More than that, he is willing to demand answers to those questions, which many of our political leaders do not want in the light of day. Is it not possible that our country would not be in the shape it is in, had those questions been asked and answered many years ago? If for no other reason, Rand Paul has my support for his filibuster and the questions it raised.