GOP moderates call Rand Paul’s concerns ‘ridiculous’ and ‘paranoid’

Lindsey Graham

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In the wake of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s heroic one man filibuster Wednesday, there has been a lot of focus on his Senate colleagues who stepped forward to support his efforts.

Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, in particular, did yeoman’s work in coming to Paul’s aid.

Paul’s stand was an attempt to prompt the Obama administration to acknowledge that it did not have the legal authorization to use a drone strike to kill Americans on U.S. soil, a simple concept based on the constitutional guaranteed right of due process.

Something the administration has yet to acknowledge.

In fact, Attorney General Eric Holder said that while the administration has “no intention” of carrying out drone strikes in the United States, it could use them under “an extraordinary circumstance.”

Not surprisingly, some Republicans were not as enthusiastic about Paul’s performance.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who was having dinner with President Obama as Paul was making his stand on the Senate floor, said the prospect of drones being used to kill people in the United States was “ridiculous,” NPR reports.

He also called the debate “paranoia between libertarians and the hard left that is unjustified.”

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) seems to agree, according to NPR. Rogers said it is unconstitutional for military or intelligence agencies to conduct lethal counterterrorism operations in the United States against U.S. citizens.

Suggesting they can or might, Rogers said, “provokes needless fear and detracts attention from the real threats facing the country.”

Never mind that is was Holder who prompted the debate by being less than clear when asked to simply affirm the rights of American citizens.

So, in the eyes of Graham and Rogers, clarifying our constitutional rights at a time when the Obama administration consistently overreaches, goes around Congress whenever possible and has established a habit of picking and choosing which laws it will enforce is “ridiculous” and “provokes needless fear.”

Fellow moderate Sen. John McCain, fresh from his dinner date with Obama, took to the Senate floor Thursday to slam Paul in reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial:

“The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.”

And while the continued disarray within the Republican Party gives Democrats every reason to be confident, the American people have legitimate cause to be concerned when so called leaders of the opposition party go to such lengths to provide political cover for the dubious actions of this White House.

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Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.He can be reached at TomTillisonFL@gmail.com
About Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review. He can be reached at TomTillisonFL@gmail.com

  • http://none BGH222

    This "Law" overrides the Constitution. Law can not do that. Only an amendment to the Constitution can change it. This law will give Hussein Obama the same power as Saddam Hussein Had. This law and the liberals can't understand why we want to keep our guns.

  • http://Bizpac Jaime key

    These Senators with the Republican Party all better sit up and Take Notice! We the people are not happy with them, if they don't then they are going to lose the house and senate! When they say that their own party is getting out of hand and scaring the American people for no reason, WELL the American people seem to be smarter then them! Right now there is such a mess in DC and the American people are not as gullible as they seem to see us. The American people are going to be ready for whatever comes. Rand Paul sees it why doesn't nobody else?

    • Michael

      Agreed Jamie………..Those persons like rino McCain and Graham are two reasons for term limits. They along with the other lifers in this deaf old boys club need to be cleaned out. The sooner the better.

  • KB Cook

    The "old guard" RINOs are losing steam. Maybe they should retire. I've seen them bend to the pressure of the naked emperor, the other side of the aisle in both houses and any way the wind blows. I don't trust them to be constitutionally-consistent anymore. They've lost my confidence.

    • Jeff Smith

      I think they're beyond "losing steam" – I think the boilers have gone completely cold, and they couldn't get a head of steam anymore if their life depended on it. Perhaps it's early stages of Alzheimer's?

      I find it ironic that the same man, Senator Paul, that is being demonized by the RINOs, is gathering support from some of the far-left in Hollyweird – they too are disagreeing with the Squatter in Chief's policy.

      What disturbs me the most about the whole issue isn't the fact that he thinks he has the right to kill American citizens, but that there is no written criteria that has been made available to the public. Because I'm writing this now and disagree with the administration, am I going to be placed on this list as a target?

    • http://facebook Donna

      I agree. They have outstayed their effectiveness and age has clouded their once-sharp ability to tell a friend from a foe. Time to hang 'em up and go home. Your time has come and gone!

      • http://fb maggie

        they must have had a really good time last nite not to stick by their own ,

  • Lance Brown

    Sen. Graham's remarks are disgusting. He in essence said; he trusted this administration. Though Rep. Rogers is technically correct regarding the constitutionality of using the military or intelligence agencies to conduct operations against U.S. Citizens, there is no such exception for the Department of Homeland Security. For Graham to state Sen. Pauls's actions were "ridiculous" only proves his coziness with an administration with a proven track record of working in the shadows. I can only imagine if Obama had of offered him more than dinner.

  • Donna

    And just who gets to determine what constitutes an "extraordinary circumstance"? Will the rank and file be asked to vote? Will Congress be asked to make the determination? I think not. It will be at the sole discretion of this loose canon we call a president!

  • http://twitter@robertwhiteside Robert Whiteside

    The Republican Party has lost it's way. Until we get the so called "moderates" and RINO's out, the Republican Party will continue to be carrying a fig leaf for the Democrat Party.

    It's time for the Conservative Party to come out from behind the bushes and make some in-roads.

  • Cassandra

    WOW. Graham and McCain are really looking like political hacks. So delighted to see Rand Paul stepping up to the plate and bringing the focus back to our Constitutional Republic. My support will go to the Senators who stood with him.

    Please follow up this story with the fallout from the filibuster. Aside from Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, I read Pat Toomey was also thee to help. Maybe the other Republican Senators will do the right thing.

  • martyrs

    So tired of these elected traitors, nothing trumps the Constitution, N O T H I N G!

    Every one of them that supports obama needs to be thrown out of office….. Bunch of traitors!!

  • bess426

    our government is a joke. they are doing everything in their power to make the people of this country think they know what's best for the country when in fact all they are doing is what is good for them not the people. we have a terrorist in custody and he has been there since 2009 for the murders at ft hood tx but because he refuses to shave his beard he has not been tried. HOWEVER he still gets an $8,000 a month pay check from this government. if he had been an enlisted soldier his pay would have stopped immediately. just because he was an officer it hasn't. since his arrest he has massed $336.000. where is the justice in that? plus as of the 15th of this month all our southern air defence is gone. add the fact that the piece of crap we have in office gave enemies of the US fighter jets and tanks. they authorized the release of over 5,000 illegal immigrants. they are trying to take our gun rights away and our christianity. when will the people wake up and realize we are being set up? we need more congressmen like rand paul in office and not these self- centered beaurocrates we have. we need the truth about FAST AND FURIOUS and BANGUAZI not the crap that is being fed to us. WE THE PEOPLE demand the truth and no more BS

  • Vickster

    McCain and Graham need to go. They are part of an ever more irrelevant and dying branch of neo-conservatism. So liberal in their interpretation of the use of force and the power of government.

    They neither had the balls or wisdom to stand up for "core values" that Rand Paul was so passionate about yesterday on the senate floor. Instead they were feeding their faces at a free dinner w King Obama …