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Sen. Paul Opposes the Nomination of Barron

May 21, 2014 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Sen. Rand Paul today took to the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Professor David Barron to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Sen. Paul’s prepared floor remarks can be found below.

REMARKS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY:

I rise today in opposition to killing American citizens without trials.

I rise today to oppose the nomination of anyone who would argue that the President has the power to kill American citizens not involved in combat.

I rise today to say that there is no legal precedent for killing American citizens not directly involved in combat and that any nominee who rubber stamps and grants such power to a President is not worthy of being placed one step away from the Supreme Court.

It isn’t about seeing the Barron memos. It is about what they say. I believe the Barron memos disrespect the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights isn’t so much for the American Idol winner.

The Bill of Rights isn’t so much for the Prom Queen or the High School quarterback.

The Bill of Rights is especially for the least popular among us.

The Bill of Rights is especially for minorities, whether you are a minority by virtue of the color of your skin or the shade of your ideology.

The Bill of Rights is especially for unpopular people and unpopular ideas and unpopular religions.

It is easy to argue for trials for Prom queens and American Idol winners. It is harder to argue for trials for traitors and those who wish harm on fellow Americans.

A mature freedom, though, defends the defenseless. Allows trials for the guilty. Protects even speech of the most despicable nature.

After 9/11, we all recoiled in horror at massacre of thousands of innocents. We fought a war to tell our enemies that we would not allow anyone to attack us.

As our soldiers returned from Afghanistan, I often ask them to explain in their own words what they fought for and to a soldier they explain that they fought to defend the constitution and the Bill of Rights.

It is a disservice to their sacrifice not to openly debate whether the Bill of Rights applies to American citizens not directly involved in combat.

Let me be perfectly clear, I am not referring to anyone on …read more

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