Following his 13 hour filibuster attempt of John Brennan to head the CIA, Rand Paul writes an op-ed in the WaPo. It’s mostly a thank you letter to his Senate allies. But there are two key paragraphs, coming near the end, that are worth focusing on. Here they are, an intervening paragraph removed:
The Senate has the power to restrain the executive branch — and my filibuster was the beginning of the fight to restore a healthy balance of powers. The president still needs to definitively say that the United States will not kill American noncombatants. The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment applies to all Americans; there are no exceptions.
I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president; it is a right that belongs to every citizen in this great nation.
Yep. RP nails it: restrain the executive branch; a natural right to be free; the Constitution applies to everybody without exception; the President is not king. Pretty simple.
As I posted previously, government – stop thinking. The rules have already been written. Now, just follow them.