Okay, not following the news is becoming addicting. However, an honest-to-goodness filibuster will never bother me. And when the filibusterer is also in the right…as Rand Paul most certainly is…I can’t help but be cheered.
Also, apparently I can’t help but add some commentary. Dr. Charles Krauthammer is usually pretty good in his analysis. But he’s taking the administration’s side in this case. Ugh. Doctor, no sane person is arguing that a murderous would-be terrorist hasn’t forfeited his right to life, even if he has no actual victims yet. What we’re saying is, that doesn’t forfeit due process.
Oh, wait. I hadn’t finished reading his argument.
Once you take up arms against the United States, you become an enemy combatant, thereby forfeiting the privileges of citizenship and the protections of the Constitution, including due process.
OMG. Okay, I’m ready to withdraw from humanity again. Why? Here’s a thought experiment: how many such (secret) enemy combatants would it take to actually destroy the U.S.A.? Answer: the square root of negative one. A nonexistent number. Couldn’t happen, even if you pretend these would be no ever-mounting response to a series of actual terrorist attacks.
Now ask yourself this: how many federal governments will it take to destroy the nation if they can ignore due process whenever they want?
(HINT: “They” is misleading here, since it indicates plurality.)
Oh well. So Krauthammer is just another idiotic carbon-based lifeform, so what? It’s not like it makes any difference. Meanwhile Rand goes on, on even though “the odds are against him”. The odds are against him; I had to listen to this awesome theme song again, to realize why his filibuster brought it to mind:
(BTW, I’m one of the weirdos who loved the movie version. Although, my brother’s dislike of it was due purely to disorientation and motion sickness. And admittedly, it is much like watching a bushel of Skittles in a drying machine.)