I don't like Rand Paul much in a general sense. I often think him guilty of grandstanding and hyperbole. I didn't care for the tone of his remarks after the State of the Union and really..he strikes me as a somewhat angry person. I think he is part of the problem with the Tea Party..and for sure..he is part of the gridlock problem in Washington ( though for sure there are those on both sides who are equally at fault).
That being said...Rand Paul recently did something that I respect greatly. He engaged in a good..old-fashioned filibuster. This is something that has been missing in this new political era of procedural or "secret" filibuster. I love the old fashioned filibuster. I think if you feel strongly enough about an issue to block a vote on it..then you should be willing to actually put some work into it.
What's more..even though Paul added no shortage of grandstanding and hyperbole to fill up his hours long filibuster..he also raised some valid philisophical points about Obama's drone policy with regards to American citizens. I share Rand Paul's viewpoint about this program and it concerns me as well as many other Americans on both sides of the political spectrum. I would add though..that the issue aside..I applaud Paul for choosing to engage in the old fashioned filibuster. I feel it involves American people on a larger scale than the procedural filibuster. I hope to see more of it going forward.
As a bonus..John McCain took to the floor to speak in opposition of Rand Paul. This tells me all I need to know about the issue of Obama's drone policy. The war monger McCain would have us taking out American citizens without a thought as to their due process rights.