Full Text Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul’s Filibuster Speech Against John Brennan CIA Nomination & on Civil Liberties Excerpts





The 10 Best Lines From Rand Paul’s Incredible Filibuster On Civil Liberties

Source: Business Insider, 3-6-13

Rand Paul

Here are the 10 best lines from the speech:

Paul begins:

“I will speak until I can no longer speak.” 

On the ambiguous criteria for drone targets:

“Are you going to just drop a drone hellfire missile on Jane Fonda? Are you going to drop a missile on Kent State?” 

On smoking:

“If we believe [Obama] to be a good man who would never kill noncombatants in a cafe in Houston, sitting out in a sidewalk cafe, smoking — oh, that’s right you’re not allowed to smoke cigarettes anymore.”

On targeting Americans who oppose the government:

“Has anyone ever been on the internet? Have you ever seen the crackpots on the Internet?”

On Obama’s shift on civil liberties: 

“I think its also safe to say that Barack Obama of 2007 would be right down here with me arguing against this drone-strike program if he we’re in the Senate.” 

On the White House “kill list”:

“You don’t think a President working off of PowerPoint slides and flash cards might not make a mistake?”

Invoking Hitler: 

“I’m not saying that anyone is Hitler, don’t misunderstand me. But what I am saying that is…when a democracy gets it wrong, you want the law to be in place.”

Giving Obama some credit: 

“I frankly don’t think he’ll be killing people in their homes tonight.”

Claiming that the filibuster was not partisan:

“I have allowed the president to pick his political appointees…But I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution.” 

A dose of reality: 

“Ultimately, I can’t win. There’s not enough votes.”

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