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March 13, 2013

Anderson: Could Rand Paul spark an American Spring?

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Meanwhile across America, others were getting phone calls, Facebook messages and tweets telling them to turn on C-SPAN. As the American spring began springing, Holder sent a more definitive response: “Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil? The answer to that question is no.” Well, fine; why didn’t you say that in the first place?

Now look at this description of the filibuster by a young woman blogger pen-named Alexandria Hamilton:

“Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky who instigated the filibuster, came off as young (for an experienced politician), vibrant, intelligent, passionate, articulate. All the things America’s younger voters supposedly want from a politician. Joining him was a throng of similarly young and passionate Republicans, including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. These men used constitutional law, along with quotes from Jay-Z, ‘The Godfather,’ Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V,’ Reagan and Twitter to stand their ground, defying authority. I’ll repeat that: The filibuster was a defiance of executive authority.

“This was a defining moment in America. It was exciting. It was new. It was, dare I say, cool. Last night, C-SPAN was without a doubt the best thing on television. Here was the next generation of great political leaders standing up for the civil rights of every American citizen. I certainly cannot imagine anyone with any sort of independent, young, rebellious mind to not want to join in.”

Let’s hear it for independent, young, rebellious minds who may be about to join us older taxpayer activists/deficit hawks/tea partyers to take our country back from the Obama administration.

The filibuster was almost universally applauded, from the left and the right, with the notable exception of The Wall Street Journal. Made me think that, after drone attacks, the next piece of common ground between liberty Republicans like Paul and young independents might be some aspects of Wall Street, a connection with the various Occupy movements.

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