#StandWithRand is Major Embarrassment For DemocratsSubmitted by Houckie377 on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 00:32
The real shame for liberals and leftists tonight is seeing a cause that should be popularly recognized — ending drone strikes against American citizens overseas, or drone strikes in general for that matter — now being championed by a series of Tea Party and mainstream GOP legislators many on the other side see as members of the far right.
However small the contingent of GOP legislators who agree with Rand on philosophical (rather than political) grounds, it's also a prime position to attack the president on mostly accurate grounds. This is free cheap political points for the Republican Party, just a few scant years after their man Bush was the primary architect of the programs they're now criticizing.
It must be a bitter pill to swallow seeing Rand Paul, of all people, champion basic civil liberties for prominent Senate Democrats like Harry Reid.
But civil liberties need to be respected on all sides, not just partisan ones. President Obama has done an admirable job of redirecting federal agencies and proposing or supporting legislation to combat other civil rights violations such as hate crimes and violence against women. He has not, however, seriously challenged America's growing surveillance state. Obama may have actually grown it a permanent foothold by institutionalizing and tolerating it. Congressional Democrats have done themselves a serious disservice by prioritizing political winds above morals.
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