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PolicyMic: Syria Vote: If There's Any Time For a Rand Paul Filibuster, It's Now

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hinted on Tuesday that if a resolution authorizing military force against Syria passed with enough votes, he would consider a filibuster. On Wednesday, he reversed those remarks. Paul would be wise to reconsider his retraction.

John McCain's behavior during Wednesday's hearing indicates the votes for military action against President Bashar al-Assad in the Senate are likely pre-destined. The lack of definitive evidence and the wishes of the American people are irrelevant to the 113th Congress's liberal imperialists and conservative militarists. The battle to prevent entrenching America's overburdened military in Syria's gruesome, protracted civil war will head to the House of Representatives.

So what could a filibuster accomplish? Rand Paul is a tactical politician. He grasps that the House, and the American people, need time to organize meaningful resistance. Procedural delays will not stop war resolutions from slipping through the Senate, but the move could buy Americans time to petition their representatives.


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Filibuster may be a delaying tactic

but it is definitely better than not acting at all. If Rand does as he did during the drone debate, he can do some 'educating' as well. He did a very impressive job of that the last time he filibustered.

Calling Kentucky's DPers to action is in order. Rand is your Senator, after all. We will back you up and contact him as well, but he will certainly listen to you. Thank you.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I agree,

and voted you up :) I think we should find a Dem willing to filibuster with him! It would send a united message not split by party.

This deserves as many votes up as I received

so I voted you up too. :) Anyone know of an Anti-war Democrat Senator who is willing to go up against the Bully Pulpit on this?

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Filibuster is only a delaying

Filibuster is only a delaying tactic. It stops nothing.

It's a great opportunity to Inform & Wake More People Up!

Everything we do can make a difference. It might not be overnight but in time we can take our country back by waking up the masses. ( :


Absolutely correct!

The Evil Empire spends billions on keeping the masses placated into their slavery painting an illusion. Winning a vote or passing a bill is not nearly as important as waking people up.

In truth, I probably shouldn't have chosen to be overly blunt :/

However I humbly stand by my claim that it is ultimately a delaying tactic and at the end of the day, the vote is still going to take place whether you or I or Rand like it or not. Nature always calls, hehe :) (until they put a cup on a tube in the podium...) Furthermore, the Senate is going to approve the attack, (only to DIE IN THE HOUSE, W00T!).

I am with you all in heart and spirit, but I feel compelled to remind us of the reality that while a filibuster can wake up a lot of citizens, in this situation, I can't believe i am about to frakkin say this...

We don't have to. The majority of America is already with us. On this, Syria, We have already won!

Power mad globalists may try and may even succeed
in sacrificing more American blood for their control over "us", (population control - It's not just about babies, controlling the issuance of a nations currency for example), and the worlds resources (i.e. natural gas pipeline through Syria, /cough), but the fact is the American people appear to be united on this issue in a way that shatters the traditional left vs. right paradigm. The majority of Americans across all boundaries oppose this war.

Global Supply Chain Model, Shop Floor, Union Solidarity Movement, Military Industrial Complex influenced environment, and I am seeing large scale opposition to this war. Republican and Democrat starts to loose meaning, or join together...

...against us!

To close, I truly hope Rand does filibuster. A chance to score points on an issue where we have the upper hand already can't be passed up. I think some filibusters historically have been multiple senators from multiple parties. THAT is the filibuster we need! After Rand closes his arguments, a DEMOCRAT takes over the filibuster and drives it home to the progressives and classical liberals!

I ask, who is that Dem? I will start researching and reply later. I wish to be constructive, but I will be honest, and that's not mutually exclusive.

[P.S. It means a lot to me that even though I was being unduly crass, you folks didn't vote me down, when admittedly I deserved it. Thx.]

You make good points Kelldor.

Another thing accomplished with Rand's filibuster was to give the world and example of someone on the senate floor making a simple point clearly and logically. I believe that is what really pissed off the old guard. Their deceptive illusion was shown for what it is. People across America were asking themselves, "Why isn't one of MY senators part of this?" Clearly casting their 'representatives' in an unfavorable light.

I think you nailed it with people coming together to end the unconstitutional wars. I'm very pleasantly surprised, though it feels kinda odd to not having stones thrown because you want the Constitution to be adhered to. Tyrannical regimes maintain control by dividing the slaves, when the slaves all respect their freedom more than crumbs from the Tyrant, he is out of a job.

When those trying to rush things..

are slowed down by our guy.. thats a good thing.

Politics may by the ugly girl at the end of the night.. but Ill take her! hahaha

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul