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[Tru Blu Tuesday] Liberty Rising


March 6th, 2013 on the Senate floor. The blue carpet supported the feet of a crusty Senator who labored his thoughts. As he finished speaking, a younger gentleman was acknowledged and given the floor. The Senator from Kentucky, son of a trouble-making Representative from Texas, set his binder on the podium and began talking:

“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the C.I.A., I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”

Rand Paul on the floor of the Senate, 3/6/13.

Rand Paul on the floor of the Senate, 3/6/13.

For many Americans, the nearly thirteen hours that followed this statement may be considered the beginning of a new era. Rand Paul’s filibuster, in which he personally spoke for over eight hours, sent shock waves through the political world. All he wanted was for the President to answer one simple question: Does the President have the authority to kill American citizens without trial? This supposedly simple question would not be answered until the next day, but by that time the country had taken notice. Several Senators stepped in to aid Mr. Paul in the prolonging of the filibuster. They were mostly Republicans, but even one Democrat Senator pitched in to aid the cause. In essence, what was witnessed was a minority of our nations leaders coming together and taking a stand for a serious civil rights issue.

Despite how fresh this may seem to many, this was not the birth of a new political ideology. That happened back in 2007, when Rand Paul’s father Ron took off on an underdog’s race to the White House. That was The Revolution 1.0. Four years later, battling the likes of Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney for the right to challenge incumbent President Obama, The Revolution 2.0 took off twice as strong. What is currently being witnessed by the good citizens of America is, you guessed it, The Revolution 3.0. This go-around will not prominently feature the elder Paul, and it might not even be led by his son. What it will produce, however, is a distinct libertarian flavor not tasted as strong in this country for the last several decades. Still, this current push would more accurately be described as merely the rebirth of liberty in America. July 4th, 1776 being its original birthday.

Travel back in time only a few months to November 6th of 2012. A day many Republicans shudder at with bitter distaste and Democrats celebrate with the thunderous thumping of their chests. While most establishment Republicans were being shown a cold hard shoulder by voters, there was a seismic difference for candidates, Republican candidates, who campaigned and stood for the cause of liberty. Incumbents such the aforementioned Senator Paul, and Congressman Justin Amash won their races handily. Across the country new faces were added in liberty lovers like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and several others. Granted, liberty candidates did not take over the federal legislature that night, but the sharp difference between the old pretend-to-be-small-government members of the GOP and the fresh faces of the future was incredible to say the least. It was clear to anyone who cared to notice, that liberty was gaining popularity.

Left to right: Rand Paul (R) Texas, Marco Rubio (R) Florida, Ted Cruz (R) Texas

Left to right: Rand Paul (R) Texas, Marco Rubio (R) Florida, Ted Cruz (R) Texas

Fast forward to today. While the rift between Republican’s was anything but a secret, after Rand Paul’s excursion into the flames of the untouchable powers of the executive branch, the division was never more obvious or more fierce. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham aggressively came to the defense of the President. McCain at one point referring to the likes of Senator Paul and his cohorts as “wacko birds”. Clearly the ideas of civil liberties and a restricted executive did not sit well with the old guards, despite the fact that the targeted individual of the filibuster was essentially a Democrat President. Regardless, the winners of the day were clearly the new kids on the block, as public support sky rocketed. If social media means anything, the #StandWithRand Twitter hash-tag reached the top spot of worldwide trending during the height of his speech. If the words of old foes mean anything, neo-conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh slathered Rand Paul with praises for his efforts stating “There’s no question this Rand Paul business has totally upset the power structure in Washington. The neo-cons are paranoid.” The irony of his statement aside, the compliments sung by Limbaugh and others reveal the shift towards the popularity of libertarian ideas.

This is not the end by any stretch of the imagination. The fight for liberty is merely beginning to heat up and it could not have come soon enough. America is falling quickly in the world. People are waking up to the reality of the dire straights we are in. Collapse is imminent. But Liberty? Liberty is Rising.

I leave you with Ben Swann’s words of encouragement.

Ben Swann on Reality Check

Ben Swann on Reality Check

 

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