It was an example where talking was actually more than just words.

In  Senator Rand Paul's case, his actions were words. As in an honest to goodness old fashioned filibuster.

He didn't try to thwart the legislative process by fleeing his responsibilities and having a public tantrum like Wisconsin state senate Democrats, circa 2011. No, the Kentucky Republican utilized Senate procedure and stood on the senate floor for nearly 13 hours yesterday to stall the appointment of the new CIA director.

This is how he began his marathon speech:

I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan's nomination for the CIA 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. That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in bowling green, Kentucky, is an abomination. It is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country. I don't rise to oppose John Brennan's nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle. The principle is one that as Americans we have fought long and hard for and to give up on that principle, to give up on the bill of rights, to give up on the Fifth Amendment protection that says that no person shall be held without due process, that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted. This is a precious American tradition and something we should not give up on easily.

Paul was drawing attention to the Obama Administration's policy on the domestic use of drones. (Also, see today's poll at the bottom right of our homepage)

Attorney General Eric Holder has said that it is entirely plausible that these drones could be used to target and kill American citizens on United States soil.

As an aside, it's funny that the Left is usually up in arms over the death penalty being imposed after a jury trial but are silent about the execution of Americans without due process.

But back to Senator Paul, as the Washington Post wrote this morning:


What Paul proved during his “filiblizzard” — it hurts so good to write that — is that he is a politician with a) a core set of beliefs  and b) a willingness to stand up for them.

That’s a rare thing in modern American politics where the tendency is to find where the public — or the primary electorate — is on a given issue and then find a way to get there.