Entries in Rand Paul (2)

Friday
Mar292013

Patriot Senators Vow to Stop Unconstitutional National Firearms Registration

Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee who provided the most support for the filibuster of the drone program intend to use less dramatic means to block Senate gun control legislation.  The White House is playing the phony sensitivity card to further their liberal fascist gun control agenda.

Let me make it clear; there is NOTHING in this proposed Progressive gun legislation that would have done ANYTHING to stop Newtown or Aurora. Nor will anything in the law stop future criminals and crazies intent on mass shootings.

These gun control measure are intended to curtail legal gun ownership and restrict the Second Amendment civil rights of law abiding citizens.  It takes a legally armed good guy to stop an illegally armed bad guy. PERIOD

The proposals Obama is calling for Congress to pass would serve to reduce the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding citizens while having little or no effect on violent crime.  In a press release Senator Lee said,  It is deeply unfortunate that he continues to use the tragedy at Newtown as a backdrop for pushing legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that horrible crime. Along with my colleagues Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, I have informed the Majority Leader that we will exercise our procedural right to require a 60-vote threshold in order to bring any of the presidents proposals to the floor.

“We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,” the lawmakers wrote  to Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a letter on Friday.

The White House criticized the Republican senators’ decision. “To tell the families of those who lost their children to gun violence, that votes like this might be filibustered, I don’t think that would be welcome news.”

Senator Cruz raised the specter of a national gun registry in a statement explaining his move. “The Democrats’ proposed legislation would require universal background checks for private sales between law-abiding citizens, which according to DOJ would be effective only if accompanied by a national gun registry,” he said. “This raises serious constitutional issues, and would divert resources from prosecuting felons and fugitives who try to illegally purchase guns.”

Senator Lee refuses to let the left usurp civil rights easily. “Bills that potentially violate Americans’ constitutional rights should at least pass with a bipartisan majority and not be imposed by the majority alone,” communications director Brian Phillips told The Washington Examiner. “That’s why we have these rules in the Senate.”

By requiring a 60-vote threshold to end the debate, the Republican Senators can increase pressure on red-state Democrats who face re-election in 2014. Dirty Harry Reid has been trying to protect them from tough votes on gun control by separating the assault weapons ban from the broader gun package, which allows some lawmakers to vote for the full bill but against the ban. But if the red-state Democrats are needed to overcome the opposition posed by Paul, Lee, and Cruz, they might have to take the kind of vote that could damage them in 2014.

Senators who vote against the interests and principles of the Constitution and their constituents must be held accountable. The proposed legislation would require individuals to keep private records of gun sales they make, FOREVER.  This creates a national gun registry, which is contrary to current federal law and a violation of Second Amendment civil rights.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., continue to work on reaching a compromise, but they have yet to produce a bill both sides can agree on. 

Ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is working on an alternative bill.  The bill is still being written, and it is an alternative to reduce gun violence, says a spokesman in Grassleys office. Sen. Grassley wants to address gun violence in a manner that does not violate the constitution, which is why he is working on a separate bill.

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Ben Franklin -American Statesman

Thursday
Mar072013

We Stand with Rand in Demanding 5th Amendment Rights 

Kentucky Senator Rand Pauls hours-long, multi-senator filibuster of John Brennans CIA director nomination has accomplished a rare feat: questions about targeted killing and the drone program have vaulted from the fringes to the forefront of Washington conversation, and its lasted an entire day, going into the early hours of the next day.

You would hope that the question of whether the president can on his own authority kill citizens in the U.S. would have come to the forefront as soon as it was floated, said David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute. But it seems like it took this particular circumstance to get people talking about it.

Senator Paul began his filibuster at 11:47 a.m. Wednesday with the promise that I will speak until I can no longer speak. Over the course of the afternoon, several other Republican senators and one Democrat, Oregons Ron Wyden, have joined in the filibuster that has revolved around constitutional debate over whether or not the administration can use its authority to turn drones on U.S. citizens within U.S. territory.

What were seeing with the Brennan nomination is what has been so urgently needed for so long: Congress playing the role it was intended to play by impeding Executive Branch extremism and prioritizing, for once, its institutional responsibilities over trivial partisan loyalties, Everyone, regardless of party, has an equal interest in ensuring that the ability of the president to abuse power in secret is constrained. That this current battle is being led by members of both parties underscores that fact, and has the real potential to trigger a truly trans-partisan campaign against the presidential assault on core liberties being waged on a pretense of national security.

As of Midnight on Thursday, Senator Pauls filibuster was still in progress.

Che Guevara’s motto was “If in doubt, kill him,” and he killed a great many.