(The Subsidiarity Times) Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) historic filibuster of John Brennan, the nominee for CIA Director by President Obama, has had ramifications beyond even the Senator’s wildest dreams. Undaunted by the lineup of powerful Establishment members opposing his quest to get answers on the question whether drones could kill Americans without the due process of law, Senator Paul pressed forward with his filibuster and achieved speaking privileges on the Senate floor for an incredible thirteen hours, alerting and educating millions of Americans to the dangers of the growing power of the federal government. With this heroic act, which has conjured up reminders of the late actor Jimmy Stewart’s memorable filibuster scene from Frank Capra’s momentous film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Senator Paul has inspired the hearts and minds of everyday Americans by his epic stand against an administration which has been widely seen as unstoppable since its election in 2008.
Using every means at his disposal to continue the campaign for freedom begun by his father, Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), Senator Paul has been carefully trying to keep positive connections with the different factions of the Grassroots uprising which is opposing the Establishment in the ongoing GOP Civil War. From severely criticizing outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her conduct in the “Benghazigate” scandal to delivering the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address to completing a masterpiece of political maneuvering in the Chuck Hagel Confirmation Hearings, Paul has taken every opportunity to appear to the public as the true representative of the people and their freedoms. While his actions do not absolutely please everyone (which is to be expected as each individual person is unique), he has taken great pains to paint the public image of himself as the true statesman that he is and not just another Washington politician, which is very appealing to a country sick of all the Washington politicians who appear to be more concerned with lining their own pockets and winning re-election then with actually representing their constituents.
The filibuster of Brennan’s confirmation shows Senator Paul’s masterful skills of political maneuvering once again. While the event garnered very favorable publicity for the Senator, especially through the internet, it also afforded him an opportunity to educate the American people on the dangers to their civil liberties and to the restraints of the Constitution which is being waged against them by the powerbrokers inside Washington D.C. It also enabled him to win more people over to the limited government philosophy championed by his father and to show those supporters of his father (even the most vocal of his critics such as Justin Raimondo and Adam Kokesh) who had harbored reservations about his own faithfulness to his father’s ideals that he was truly one of them and could carry the torch his father had carried in Congress for so long. Finally, by appealing broadly across the spectrum, Senator Paul has effectively begun to build a new coalition for a potential 2016 presidential run which will rely on the superb groundwork laid by his father and his father’s supporters in the 2008 and 2012 elections while bringing in more adherents from those who supported other candidates in 2008 and 2012.
There are still at least two years to go before the 2016 presidential election campaign effectively starts taking place, but Senator Rand Paul has made himself the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 with his epic stand on the floor of the Senate for the legal rights of Americans. The mainstream media is now attempting to deny this fact, but it is true. Senator Paul, with his impressive powers of political maneuvering and education of the American public along with his staunch adherence to his principles, has thrust himself into the coveted front runner position for the 2016 Republican primaries.
I #StandWithRand. I Believe in Rand Paul.
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