The good Senator from Arizona said about Paul, "Well, he certainly isn't talking to the same people about national security that I am", or words to that effect.
And I thought to myself, thank God that Senator Paul isn't.
Here's the problem folks; the Patriot Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush after 9/11 and of course we all thought something had to be done to quell the efforts by those who hate us from ever again accomplishing such a heinous act. But the problem is that since that time the rules have been tweaked and adjusted so dramatically that today the invasion of all of our privacy, never intended to be part of the program is now routine. I listened to Congressman James Sensenbrenner, the man who authored the act and was the leading force for it's passage, state that gathering all of this phone meta data on every citizen in America was never intended. And that's why Senator Paul put the hammer down and refused to budge.
While security is certainly of critical importance, individuals and their right to privacy are also critical, and as we've seen with the IRS scandal, government just tends to absorb more and more of our freedom and actually our life in small pieces until one day freedom is just gone. So I salute Senator Paul and I say to the John McCains and others who are so quick to chastise him, do you really think that a government that uses the IRS as a thought police mechanism and a Homeland Security Department that refuses to enforce the laws of entry into this country is not above abusing the data they gather?
Tyrants like Stalin and Hitler started small and worked their way to ruthless tyranny. If America sits silently by and just surrenders her privacy, our right to free speech and assembly and now possibly even our freedom of religion, do you think this will bode well for the Land of the Free? No, it won't, and that's why #IStandwithRand on this issue. I don't agree with him on lots of things; I don't agree with anyone on everything, but I know in my heart that government needs to be kept under tight check or else we lose all rights.
Thank you, Senator Paul, for having the energy and the stamina to speak up "For the People" on this issue. God bless you in this endeavor.