Rand Paul has ended his filibuster blocking the vote on John Brennan to be CIA Director.
Why doesn’t somebody filibuster to get stronger gun and ammunition laws? Our kids are bazillion times more likely to be killed by a nut with a gun than Obama with a drone.
And I don’t get this obsession with drones. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard shot 67 rounds in 13 seconds at Kent State University. Four students died and nine were wounded. Some of them were peacefully protesting the Vietnam War, others were watching the demonstration from a distance, and others just happened to be walking by.
I also feel that Rand Paul and Eric Holder have been talking past each other. Paul keeps using the example of an American sitting in a cafe in the U. S. and getting blown away by a drone. Holder made clear that would be an inappropriate use of lethal force. Where Holder has left the door open a teeny, tiny crack for drone strikes within our borders has been in a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 situation — so an act of war against our country on our soil. In that case, the President as Commander in Chief would be justified in using any weapons we have to defend against such an attack.
The House of Representatives found Eric Holder to be in contempt for not producing documents related to Fast and Furious, documents President Obama has claimed do not have to be released because of Executive Privilege.
Because of the wing-nut conspiracy theory that Fast and Furious was intended to deprive us of our Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association told House members that this vote would count as part of their NRA “score.” That’s why 17 Democrats voted in favor, out of fear of the NRA.
The overall vote was 255 in favor, 67 against, and 110 not voting. Two brave Republicans voted against.
I believe that this vote will be remembered as a truly ridiculous and shameful episode in the history of the House.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Darrell Issa, the GOP congressman leading the witch hunt investigation into Fast and Furious admitted that he has no evidence that the White House was involved either in any cover-up or in misleading Congress.
Of course this won’t stop the Fox Machine from spinning its Second Amendment conspiracy theories or in going after President Obama on this.
I should point out that I’m not a fan of Eric Holder and was disappointed when he was appointed Attorney General. I was very upset about President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich, and Holder was up to his eyeballs in that.