Rand Paul to Harry Reid: I won’t back down on PATRIOT Act

Eric Garris, May 26, 2011

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) continues to demand debate on the constitutionality of the PATRIOT Act. Sen. Harry Reid has accused Paul of supporting terrorists by delaying the extension of the act.

“He’s fighting for an amendment to protect the right – not of average citizens, but of terrorists – to cover up their gun” purchases, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “If he thinks that it’s going to be a badge of courage on his side to have held this up for a few hours, he’s made a mistake … Unless the Senator from Kentucky stops standing in the way, our law enforcement will no longer be able to use some of the most critical tools they need to counter terrorists and combat terrorism.”

Paul and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced an amendment that attempts to safeguard American’s civil liberties by increasing oversight of government surveillance powers. Reid has objected to debating this and other amendments, saying that any delay in passage endangers national security.

Paul spoke on the Senate floor yesterday:




9 Responses to “Rand Paul to Harry Reid: I won’t back down on PATRIOT Act”

  1. Stand your ground Sen. Paul. Reid plays a sinister hand by holding up 'gun rights' as a red herring. "When Patriot Act is gone, only TERRORISTS will have guns!" Reid is out of his freaking mind.
    Reid would do well to get about the business of the American people and stop acting the lickspittle for the fascists among us.

  2. God, this is really depressing. Reid isn't a lickspittle, he's a fascist lickspittle among fascist lickspittles. I certainly appreciate what Paul is doing, but I'm not hopeful.

  3. God Bless Rand Paul….he's gonna need it. Reminds me of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Take this, plus his recent comment that we don't do anything in the Senate, so he feels like he should return his check, and it's been an impressive week for the Junior Senator from Kentucky. I wish Rubio was half as liberty-minded as Paul has been so far.

    Peace be with you.

  4. Rand Paul is alot better US Senator than I ever thought he would be based upon the campaign he ran. I thought he would be another Republicrat establishment politician exploiting his father's name to gain a senate seat for himself. So far, Rand Paul has proven me wrong. He does not measure up to his father, but he still miles ahead of the other assorted scum in DC. Go Rand Paul!

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  6. Mommy, please help! Make them reauthorize the PATRIOT Act! The terrorist hordes are poised offshore ready to overrun us the moment that the PATRIOT Act expires! I know so because Harry Reid says so. It's all gonna be the fault of those lunatics who love guns more than they love security. I'm so scared that I peed in my pants.

    Help us, Mommy. Make that mean Senator, Rand Paul, go away.

  7. Well, I won’t back down, no I won’t back down
    You can stand me up at the gates of Hell
    But I won’t back down

    Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around
    And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
    Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down

    Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out
    Hey, I will stand my ground and I won’t back down

    Well, I know what’s right, I got just one life
    In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
    But I stand my ground and I won’t back down

    Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out
    Hey, I will stand my ground and I won’t back down
    No, I won’t back down

  8. Well, I won't back down, no I won't back down
    You can stand me up at the gates of Hell
    But I won't back down

    Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned around
    And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
    Gonna stand my ground and I won't back down

    Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
    Hey, I will stand my ground and I won't back down

    Well, I know what's right, I got just one life
    In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
    But I stand my ground and I won't back down

    Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
    Hey, I will stand my ground and I won't back down
    No, I won't back down

  9. What kind of morons keep electing that idiot?!