Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Loving the Rand Paul Filibuster

This good old-fashioned talking filibuster of Brennan's nomination is a really nice surprise, like something out of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  At first I thought it would just be Rand Paul doing this for a few hours and then sitting down.  But now, it seems that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and even Ron Wyden (a Democrat, how's that for bipartisanship!) are joining in.  It's amazing how if one person stands up for liberty, other people start joining in.  One of my favorite moments so far is when Ted Cruz read the Travis letter, written by Colonel Travis at the Alamo, asking if it gives Rand Paul encouragement and sustenance:

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World:

Fellow citizens & compatriots—I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna—I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken—I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch—The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—VICTORY OR DEATH.

William Barret Travis

Lt. Col. comdt

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