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March 7, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told the Conservative Political Action Conference this afternoon that the worst part about President Obama’s executive actions that “run roughshod over our rights” is the “precedent that it sets for lawlessness that may follow.”

“It isn’t just the harm this president is causing; it’s the future harm he allows by destroying checks and balances,” Paul said.

The potential 2016 candidate drew an overflow crowd and got the largest ovation so far at CPAC. Paul fans wore red “Stand with Rand” T-shirts and a pile of signs sat outside the ballroom for the attendees to wield.

Reminding the crowd of his filibuster over drones and his lawsuit against Obama for NSA surveillance, Paul asked the conservatives to imagine a time “when liberty is spread again from coast to coast” and “liberty is governed again by the Constitution.”

“You might think I’m talking about electing Republicans,” the senator said. “I’m not. I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty.”

It’s not good enough, he said, “to pick the lesser of two evils.”

“There’s a great and tumultuous battle underway, not of the Republican Party but of the whole country… Will you, America’s next generation of liberty lovers, will you stand and be heard?”

Paul’s speech focused largely on the Fourth Amendment.

“We will not trade our liberty for security — not now, not ever,” he said. “The NSA monitors your every phone call. If you have a cell phone, you are under surveillance. I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of our damn business. I believe this is a profound constitutional question.”

“There’s a great battle going on for the heart and soul of America and conservatives cannot forget this.”

Paul mused about the legacy of Obama, stressing that “a great president would have protected us from the prying eyes of the NSA.”

“I don’t question Obama’s motives, but history will remember his timid defense of liberty,” he said.

 

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Paul is our Cicero before the fall of the Republic of Rome
I only wish he'd speak as forcefully as he does forthright.
Watch your back, Rand. They assassinated Cicero two years before the loss of the Republic.
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"I don't question Obama's motives"

You should get along very well with the Three Monkeys of Oblivion then as you have so much in common.

"but history will remember his timid defense of liberty"

If accurately written it will remember his utter contempt for liberty and the timid defense of liberty by the bulk of Republican office holders, with a few exceptions, one of whom you apparently have a lot of trepidation at being.
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If he's not questioning Obama's motives, he's not paying attention.

Why soft peddle this? To what end.

It is right to question Obama's motives, it is smart to question Obama's motives and by God it is TIME to question Obama's motives.

The failure to do so and call to account those very motives, is the watermark of the Republican brand.

The staggering lack of courage in confronting those motives has our freedom on the brink of extinction. I am singularly unimpressed with any speech that speaks of our freedom in one breath and in the next gives a pass to Obama's motives in stealing them. Word warriors are not needed. Action is needed.

Without the watery and limp noodles of "motiveless" crimes of treason.
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Senator Paul,
You MUST question Barak Obama's motives, in order to get to the bottom of the lawlessness. Military aviators in my day were taught to be aware (very aware) of the hidden agenda (that is the same as motive). If you are not aware of it, it can have deadly consequences.
29 weeks ago
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George W. Bush Signing Statements. Enough said about "Lawlessness"
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>>“I don’t question Obama’s motives, but history will remember his timid defense of liberty,” he said.

My problem with Paul -- and most libertarians -- in a nutshell. They just don't get the Left.
29 weeks ago
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They are down with Cultural Marxism, and don't understand that it is designed to undermine Classical Liberalism's support mechanism, the Christian Social Order.

Clueless nincompoops.
29 weeks ago
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“I don’t question Obama’s motives,"

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. If what he does results in evil then his motives are evil
29 weeks ago
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Mr. Paul. Does not your throat get tired and raw ranting the same old song we're all well aware of? The question is...what are you going to do about it? ABSOLUTLY NOTHING...and Obama knows it.
29 weeks ago
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Rand Paul too busy not impugning the Black Anti-American Marxists motives.
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Hey, Paul, what about the ‘Precedent’ for ‘Lawlessness’ of the US aiding and abetting the fascists in the Ukraine that kick off a coup just after the EU, opposition, and elected president come to an agreement?

You people in the West are very biased in your use of concepts.
29 weeks ago
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Leftists impugn your/our motives daily in a deluge of demonization and propaganda, and we wonder why we are losing?
29 weeks ago
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Your not losing to the Left, your losing to the Deep State. Both the Left and Right are behind it, they are joined at the hip.
29 weeks ago
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Will someone please question the Marxist's motives? ANYone? Please? Bueller?
29 weeks ago
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Never question a Marxist's motives. = RINOism 101

Compromise with Marxist always advances Marxist goals and agendas.
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