Remember bold, brave Rand Paul, the noble filibusterer? Unlike the chickenshit so-called “progressive” Democrats, he stood athwart the Senate floor and yelled “stop” when the appointment of head of the CIA was being debated, demanding that “the president or the attorney general […] clarify that they will not kill Americans on American soil”. Paul quit his filibustering when Eric Holder sent him a letter telling him that Obama won’t be sending drones on killing missions over the US anytime soon.
One set of Rand’s base is Christian racists who love his “states rights” rhetoric, and think Austrian economics is the study of how Hitler balanced his checkbook. They bought Paul’s drone position because they were afraid that Obama would be using Hellfire missiles to stop them from exercising their constitutional right to buy 50 pounds of black powder without a background check at the next gun show. But now that a couple of Muslims are running around Boston chucking bombs at the cops, they’re wondering why Paul doesn’t want to use drones on every Muslim in the US. With his campaign money in danger, Paul had to go on Fox to calm the natives:
“I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,” Paul said Monday on Fox News Business. “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.
“But it’s different if they want to fly over your hot tub or your yard just because they want to do surveillance on everyone, and they want to watch your activities,” he added.
Of course, that caused a shitstorm among the neckbeard faction of the Paul contingent, the young white male nerds who spend most of their time creating Ron-as-Obi-Wan photoshops. That crew of Lord of the Rings re-enactors took to their steampunk-themed Linux laptops to write enraged posts on all the Paulist forums on the Internet. Seeing those, Rand tried to take some of it back, saying armed drones should only be used in “extraordinary, lethal situations where there is an ongoing, imminent threat”. In other words if some authority, like the President, says they are an imminent threat, Rand now believes killing Americans on American soil using drones is fine. As long as they’re Muslims, one assumes.
Speaking of the Pauls, Ron is still hanging with Lew Rockwell and the rest of his racist, homophobe friends.