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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:06 pm

I am postponing a planned column on the educational struggles of low-income kids because of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's rousingly inspirational 13-hour filibuster last week on Barack Obama's nomination of John Brennan to become director of the CIA. This caused many Americans who do not think of themselves as libertarians to prize anew their individual self-governing constitutional rights against an overreaching government.

I'd previously written that I hoped one day to vote for Paul for president in 2016, knowing his national name recognition was so low that there would be no chance. But now, with the Constitution being reborn among more of us, this March 7 Politico headline looks more likely: "Rand Paul: 'Seriously' weighing 2016 bid."

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2 comments:

  • cooleenkate posted at 7:48 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    cooleenkate Posts: 6

    Does the Boston marathon massacre, including a seven year old adjust your view?
    "...But before examining Brennan's record, I should explain what Paul requested from the Obama administration prior to his filibuster:

    "When I asked the president, 'Can you kill an American on American soil?' it should have been an easy answer," Paul wrote. "It should have been a resounding and unequivocal, 'no.' But what was the president's response?

    "For his first response, the president said, 'I haven't killed anyone yet, and I have no intention of killing Americans. But I might.'"

     
  • billevans2 posted at 12:15 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    billevans2 Posts: 4

    It doesn't surprise me that Mr. Hentoff was "postponing a planned column on the educational struggles of low-income kids." Hentoff would postpone writings on any issue, especially those regarding help for middle and low income Americans to devote the space to support voting for conservative politicians. To his credit he's never tried to disquise the fact that his priority is, and always has been, purely and obscenely potical.

    Bill Evans

     

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