Freshman Kentucky Senator and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul announced February 10 he would oppose renewal of key parts of the USA Patriot Act on the grounds that the law violates key parts of the Constitution.
President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, uttered the increasingly famous dictum: “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” In other words, a wise leader should take advantage of any dire situation to promote his agenda. The crisis known as 9/11 brought us the Patriot Act, something waiting for an event to “justify” its numerous attacks on liberty. The Pearl Harbor crisis gave President Roosevelt justification to send our nation into World War II, something he had been itching to do for many months.
The first day of the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) set the stage for what could be a raucous weekend of exciting events in Washington, D.C. Though the attendees of this year’s conference are of a broad spectrum, it appears that the majority are youthful and energetic, and an abundance of them are fans of Congressman Ron Paul. And this year, they came to be heard.
Much to the chagrin of constitutionalists across the country, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was presented the “Defender of the Constitution” award at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Tensions were high during this evening’s ceremony, which took place at the Marriot Ballroom in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, as audience members openly booed and jeered the recipient and loudly declared that the award should have gone to Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
During a speech to the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal (left) called the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border an “insurgency.” An unnamed Mexican official condemned Westphal’s remarks, as did a university assistant professor of political science and Latin American studies. The next day, CNN U.S. reported the Undersecretary was backing off his comments, expressing his regrets for his “inaccurate statements.”