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Last night, Senator Rand Paul filibustered the nomination of John Brennan. It’s not the nomination he was trying to block, that much had to be clear to most people. The Senate is Democrat controlled and cloture is likely inevitable although it will be harder with a 60 vote threshold. Instead of blocking, Paul was attempting to open something. That something is awareness that our government, to date, has yet to openly state for the record they oppose the use of drones against our own citizens on our own soil.
What’s more, this President, a man who has received a Nobel Peace Prize, also refuses to renounce the assassination of US Citizens on their own soil by drone. The President has trotted out mouthpieces to run interference, but it is his own inaction that speak volumes.
Perplexing that Rand Paul has to go through this to ask a Nobel Peace Prize winner whether or not he agrees with killing U.S. citizens.
— David Angell (@djangell) March 6, 2013
Perplexing indeed. What adds to this insanity is the lack of support shown to Senator Paul on the floor last night. Whatever you think of Senator Paul, his politics or filibustering, this was a moment in history and the majority of the Senate missed it.
This was a moment where an elected official stood up and for nearly 13 hours assailed the notion that our own government thinks it has the right to kill its own citizens. It was a chance to enter this disturbing argument into the history books. This question needed addressing and not on the talking head cable news circuit where it would likely be mocked, buried or edited. It needed to be more permanent. Senator Paul recognized this and acted. Think long and hard about that. Continue reading
Speech of the night without question goes to Paul Ryan. I’m sure Obama curled up with his laptop and cried last night after seeing that speech. My favorite passage:
Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.
It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.
It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.
It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.
It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.
President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, “I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to “tell a story to the American people” – as if that’s the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?
Paul Ryan Rocks. Period. The end. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
O.K., enough mooning over Ryan — Now, on to the meat of last night’s Convention.
This is a roundup of the speakers and related articles for the RNC 2012 Night Two. You can find my post for RNC Night One here. I watched the speeches on UNC-TV, the public station here in the Triangle, NC. I had to if I wanted to actually SEE the speeches in their entirety, since when I browsed local ABC and CBS, it was mostly their talking heads yapping while you could see the speaker on the stage behind them clearly still talking. NBC (WRAL) local didn’t even have coverage of the convention last night. Pathetic.
One piece that needs to be addressed from my RNC Night One post is Juan Williams. It appears he has issued an apolo-attack to Ann Romney on the FOX news website. I read it and think Mr. Williams might want to call over to Current TV to inquire about positions available there. What an ass….but what do I know? I’m just a blogger. Read Dan Riehl’s slap-down of Williams’s apolo-attack – he nails it.
The schedule of events has the list of speakers each night. I’ve got the following speech videos linked below. The GOP has a YouTube channel set up for the convention as well, that’s a useful place to look for videos I may not have posted. My usual useful links and more are at the bottom of the post.
Ron Paul (video tribute)
Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno
The best ones of the night, aside from Paul Ryan, were definitely Condoleeza Rice and Susana Martinez. By the way, Rice didn’t use a teleprompter. She just referred to her notes. Eat it, Obama. I am embedding Ryan and Rice’s speeches below as well, with the full text of their remarks above each video. I originally was going to just embed Ryan’s speech, but then I found out that ABC News Aired Less than Two Minutes of Condi’s Speech and decided ABC viewers might like to see her speech too. Take note of the protester who attempted to disrupt Ryan’s Speech. You can read about it here:
Abortion Rights Protester, Using Pass Obtained From Ron Paul Delegate, Disrupted Paul Ryan’s RNC Speech
I have one thing to say about that — Ron Paul Supporters continue to be their own worst enemies.
Here are the speeches: Continue reading