Monday, March 11, 2013

Update: Rand Paul as hero

Update: The response to his filibuster last week was so powerful, that it apparently inspired  Rand Paul to pen this first-person account of those now famous 13 hours.  It's an interesting look behind the scenes and will, I predict, be looked back on as an important piece of politicing should Paul decide to run for President in 2016 (I say he will).  Consider these comments from the Washington Post article:
I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president; it is a right that belongs to every citizen in this great nation.
I believe the support I received this past week shows that Americans are looking for someone to really stand up and fight for them. And I’m prepared to do just that.
The entire article is available here.

Original post:
Rand Paul's unexpected 13-hour filibuster earlier this week captivated liberty-loving folks all over the world.  There was, of course, lots of fun poked at him, but when it comes from the New York Times, it means he was on to something.  Here I'd like to introduce you to a terrific paean to Paul by Laissez-faire Book Club publisher and Mises Institute contributor, Jeffery Tucker.  Tuckers article is actually a guest post at the essential NotPC blog.  Here's a representitive excerpt:
Before the end of the night, the significance of what he was doing was being described as "epic." What began as a surprise political move became a bipartisan cry against all the evils of our times, which somehow all come down to the egregious power of the executive state and its omnipotent power over our lives and property. It became political theatre unlike any we've seen in many years. The target: all terrible things.  In short, it was a beautiful day on Capitol Hill. It all came courtesy of Senator Randall Paul, the man who has brought truth, excitement, fun, and the appearance of real-life morality back to the Senate.
Take the time to read this article.