As I write this, Senator Rand Paul is in his fifth hour of a filibuster. This is not one of those pseudo-filibusters that don’t involve actually holding forth. This is a real-deal filibuster, like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Senator Paul is doing a Jimmy Stewart right now. You can watch the opening statement of his filibuster above. In short, here’s why he’s doing what he’s doing:
I will speak as long as it takes until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important. That your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty.