Cumberland Times-News

March 11, 2013

Filibuster shows Constitution still matters to some senators

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— There is hardly anything to be proud of in Washington. That wasn’t the case recently.

Sen. Rand Paul’s 12-hour filibuster gave folks some hope for Washington. Senator Paul wanted an answer to a simple question. He wanted to know if the president has the authority to kill Americans on U.S. soil without due process. Does the Constitution still matter? Or can the president choose to ignore it?

It was a question that wasn’t getting an answer. Senator Paul, along with some of his colleagues, then went on a filibuster which lasted nearly 13 hours. It was great to see some members of Congress stand up and defend the Constitution.

The filibuster put enough heat on President Obama that the White House finally responded. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote to Senator Paul and confirmed the president does not have the authority to kill Americans on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation.

Noticeably absent were Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, but that is not surprising. Fighting for liberty has never been their strong suit.

It’s a relief to know that the Constitution still means something to some of the folks in Washington. I want to thank Senator Paul, as well as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and the other senators who joined them. I stand with Rand. 

Kenny Kimble

New Creek, W.Va