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Rand Paul Makes a Stand

By on 3.6.13 | 1:43PM

"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."

Not only is he filibustering John Brennan's nomination over the administration's breathtaking claims of power, he's doing it the old-fashioned way by speaking continuously at the podium. It's hard to talk about anything for hours on end, let alone speak substantively and coherently. But so far Paul's speech has touched on the doctrine of posse comitatus, the nature of our constitutional rights, President Obama's civil liberties contradictions, and the problems with a doctrine of total war. He's referenced Alice in Wonderland and 1984.

Watch here at C-Span 2. You might learn something. Either way, you'll get a gratifying look at perhaps the most fearless and intellectually consistent Republican senator.

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