So I posted a few times on Facebook yesterday my problems with Rand Paul fighting against Obama’s Drone Assassination Program (or whatever it is called – which I am against for the record) while voting for things much worse in the past. I was immediately inundated with questions along the line of “what on Earth can be worse than killing American citizens on American soil without an American trial?”
Well, honestly, I can think of a lot of things a lot worse. Like a small girl being abducted from her parents and forced into slavery for her whole life. Teenagers that get bullied to the point of committing suicide. Elderly people that are found dead in their houses because they were abandoned and neglected. And so on. You get the picture. To me, systemic instances of sustained abuse and neglect or a much “worse” problem (if we had to rate them – they are all pretty bad in reality and rating the “worst” seems a bit superfluous).
We will all have differing opinions oh how to rate how “bad” something is. But if your first thought is to start bringing up American rights and American citizenship as the “worst possible thing a politician can vote against”, I have to seriously wonder about your priorities. Especially if you are a Christian and claim your first allegiance is to God and His purposes on the Earth, not man’s institutions.
But anyway, back to Rand Paul. He spent something like 13 hours in a filibuster to stop illegal assassinations of U.S. citizens. I agree that we should not assassinate American citizens. Or citizens of any other country for that matter. But even if Obama assassinated everyone he wanted to, it would affect something like 0.00001% of the American population.
So Rand Paul will spend 13 hours to fight for the rights of a small amount of Americans, but then vote against the Violence Against Women Act, which extends help to hundreds of thousands of victims of crime (if not more). And we are talking about real victims, not possible assassination attempts that may or may not happen in reality. That, to me, is despicable “But, but, but, there was this attachment or his belief in…” Whatever. B.S. He voted for a whole slew of other Bills that had attachments to them that he has stated he opposes, just because he agreed with the core bill.
Then he votes against the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, designed to give aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Because the last thing people need when their house is destroyed is help. They need to have Obama’s Drone Program shut down. Obviously.
So if you want to call someone a hero who won’t extend legal help to victims of violent crimes or natural disasters just because he took a stand against political assassinations you are free to do that. If you claim to follow the Bible though, you are reading it wrong.
Sometimes it really disturbs me who people that claim to follow Christ lift up as examples for others, the issues they fight over, and the stances they take on those issues. Sometimes it seems like we care more about logically defending the second amendment than living out the second greatest commandment. You don’t think so? What would people deduce from your Facebook posts? What would a victim of rape think about you calling someone life Rand a hero, when he voted against the very bill that helped her in tremendous ways?
Not to mention that Rand voted against tax breaks for the middle class and small businesses. I can’t read his mind to know why, but since many of those bills also called for increased taxes on the rich and large businesses…. you have to wonder. In fact, if you really think about it…. who would be on this Obama Assassination List anyways? You have to wonder if some like Rand is worried that Obama might put outspoken political opponents on that list. So are the people standing against this List really looking out for the average man or woman on the street…. or their own necks? If they are voting against bills that obviously do help every day citizens, while spending a long time in a filibuster against an idea that doesn’t really help that many people… you just have to wonder.
I agree with stopping the president from violating the constitution. But to call someone a Hero for doing that? Really? No, the real heroes are the ones out there fighting against slavery and poverty and injustice here and around the world. Organizations like Freedom Firm that are actually going in and rescuing underage girls from forced prostitution (some of which might end up in the United States at some point). Or bands like Aradhna that work to raise funds for Freedom Firm. In America there are organizations like the Traffic Jam Campaign that does similar work. And a thousand more groups like these.
Those people are the real heroes.