Horatius at the bridge
There is yet one Republican in the Senate who understands why freedom is precious, and why it must be defended:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is already back at work after he filibustered on the U.S. Senate floor for about 10 and a half hours on Wednesday. He’s declaring his marathon a smashing success in the quest to get the National Security Agency (NSA) to stop bulk collection of Americans’ records.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Thursday morning—his first since leaving the Senate floor late Wednesday evening, just before midnight—Paul said his position on the NSA is gaining more and more steam both inside the beltway in Washington and across America.
“I think the main thing is trying to draw attention to a really, really important issue which is that the government shouldn’t be collecting in bulk our phone records. Warrants should name an individual but really the NSA spying on Americans should end,” Paul said.
It would appear that his heroic attempts to stop Congress from re-establishing one of the most abhorrent and flagrant abuses of Constitutional limits on executive power will ultimately fail. The upcoming "USA Freedom Act"- an Orwellian name if there ever was one- is basically just the godawful PATRIOT Act in a party frock, with some of the most objectionable language removed.
And yet... and yet... the somnambulant corpse of America's once-great and mighty republic shows that it still has some fight in it, however little and however limited.
Sen. Paul showed courage and resolve in standing against this monstrosity, this holdover from the folly of the Dubya years. He did what almost no one else was willing to do. He stood firm against those who would take the tattered remains of that magnificent document, the Constitution of the United States of America, and defecate all over them once again. He held the line, for what it was worth.
For that, he has my respect.
I may not agree with him about everything. (Well, actually, I agree with him about something like 90% of the things that he says, so maybe that isn't entirely true.) But when one of the very, very few men left with any kind of principle stand up to evil, I have to say: well fought, sir.
Always remember, my friends: evil is powerless, if the good are unafraid.
Rand Paul proved that last week. He will prove it again. And because he is willing to stand up to evil, he will almost surely never become President.
But at least he will be able to go before his Creator, when the earth and sky stand presently at God's great judgement seat, and state with perfect truthfulness that he stood by his principles, when others abandoned theirs.
And that is no small thing.