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The McCaining of Rand Paul

posted Mar 12, 2013, 4:37 PM by Robert Alexander   [ updated Mar 12, 2013, 7:34 PM ]
While not nearly as violent as the caning of Charles Sumner, the attack from John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others mark just as clear of a debarkation point of the new "Radical Republicans" from the establishment GOP and the other progressives on the left.  Now as then we have a small group of principled members of the senate taking a stand on a clear issue of undeniable truth.  Then it was the issue of slavery, now just the fact that the office of the president of the United States does not have the right or authority to kill U. S. citizens on U. S. soil without due process.  

This should be an issue that anyone, no matter the party can agree with.  It's an issue that both parties have claimed for their own in the past but when members of the House came to the Senate to show support, as they have the right to do, the Democratic leader of the Senate had them removed. This is the same party that pretends to represent liberals, yet they abandon even liberal principles in order to protect their own power.  It was hard to tell them apart from the Republican party they so deride.

In a departure from the historical example here, Dr. Rand Paul gave a speech unlike Charles Sumner in that it was calm and measured in it's tone.  He did not call anyone out by name but merely spoke on principle, asking for a simple clear answer from the White House.  The response from McCain and the expiring republican party, on the other hand, was anything but measured and calm. It was clear enough to know that the party of McCain is not my party, and I suspect most would agree, neither is the spineless DNC.  

Now it's time for the people to decide.  Is there any bit of reason left in our society, any hope of finding the middle ground again, then we must take the opportunity to stand on issues we all can agree.  If it's too "radical" to believe that your government does not have the right to kill you on the whim of a government official then that's the kind of radical I am.  Are you that radical too?