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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mr. Paul Goes To Washington

While watching Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to CIA Director, I can't help but think of one of my favorite movies: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, starring James Stewart.

The movie is centered on a good-hearted, principled, and optimistic young man name Jefferson Smith who is chosen to replace a recently deceased senator. The Governor appoints Mr. Smith with the assumption that his idealism and naivity could be used to make him a yes-man for the wealthy political boss Jim Taylor.

However, Jeff Smith gradually discovers his role as a stooge and takes a stand against the corrupt political machine. It all comes to a point in the final scene where he filibusters a budget appropriation bill that contains a special handout to the corrupt Jim Taylor. 

Jeff Smith is made to look like a corrupt fool as his name is dragged through the mud by the politically-owned media. Eventually, his efforts are rewarded when Jeff Smith's former friend Senator Paine, racked with guilt over betraying the young Senator, breaks down and confesses to corruption in front of the Senate.


Now we have Mr. Paul Goes To Washington, where Rand Paul takes a stand against the government's ability to execute American citizens without due process of law.

Even Eric Holder has claimed that the Obama administration has the authority to kill American citizens on American soil without a trial or even charges being brought against them (link). This frightening claim by the Attorney General gives Obama the kingly power of being judge, jury, and executioner.

In a country that claims to protect and cherish liberty and justice, it is entirely impossible to justify such a tyrannical concept as execution without due process. Yet between the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, the federal government has all it needs to turn our country into an Orwellian police state.

All I can say is, keep going Rand.

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Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur
Directed by: Frank Capra

by Rand Paul

by Rand Paul

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  1. It is one thing to kill an American who is fighting for the enemy on foreign soil. But to kill an American in the USA without due process is taking us down a road which can lead to the destruction of our rights to life and liberty. God bless you Senator Paul!

  2. Parallels are uncanny to the "Mr. Smith..." movie: corrupt, entrenched, "read my lips" politicians in his own party stood against him; newspapers were bought out, so a bunch of kids spread leaflets; and even a "James Taylor supported the rotten political machine. Was Mr. Smith from Illinois ?