Rand PaulU.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is among the critics of President Obama's Libyan intervention who would like to know just whom we are defending with the imposition of a "No fly Zone" in that African nation. "Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi is every bit the madman Ronald Reagan said he was, but are the rebels adherents to Jeffersonian democracy or bin Laden's radical jihad?" Paul asked in a response to the President's address to the nation on the Libyan crisis last evening. Paul, a Tea Party favorite and a rapidly rising star in the GOP ranks, also raised the issue of constitutional authority for the President's military intervention.

ObamaIf candidate Barack Obama thought in 2007 or 2008 that America's military forces were overextended in wars, humanitarian interventions, and nation-building around the world, President Obama in 2011 apparently does not.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky., pictured) is not giving up on his quest to enact a balanced budget amendment (BBA). Word from D.C. indicates that the five-term lawmaker is actively assembling a cohort of advocates of the amendment to the Constitutional that would require Congress to zero the federal balance sheet.

loudAs union leaders and “community organizers” ratchet up the noise level of assorted demonstrations and protests, using microphones, megaphones, and even drums that can be heard for blocks, some city residents are beginning to find their voices, however tepidly. It’s as if they fear angering the coordinators and participants of these uprisings. Mainstream news outlets often seem a bit too anxious to remove from their sites what few reports and opinion pieces on the subject they print, probably for the same reason.

Like other Republican hopefuls for the 2012 presidential nomination, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty articulated a response on President Obama‘s decision to invade Libya with American forces under the multilateral control of the United Nations and NATO. Pawlenty essentially agreed with the act of intervention, without regard to its constitutionality, but disagreed with the multilateral way in which the military intervention was undertaken, saying the decision to implement a no-fly zone may have come too late to save rebel forces from defeat.