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.
Recommended reading and watching (click links or pictures to purchase on Amazon.com):
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur
Directed by: Frank Capra
by Rand Paul
by Rand Paul