Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky participates in a filibuster on the Senate floor. (Getty Images)
Imagine with me. Because this one proves that real life is sometimes more unbelievable than fiction.
If Republican George W. Bush was still president, and he refused to answer the question about whether he had a right to order the assassination of American citizens on American soil, what would liberals say? What would the media say? What would Michael Moore, George Clooney and Sean Penn say?
What would Senator Obama say? Never forget that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder refused to answer that question until U.S. Senator Rand Paul turned on the national media spotlight, and turned up the heat with a nearly 13-hour filibuster.
If a Republican president had a REAL unemployment rate of 14.3 percent (the government's own U6 rate), would the media ignore that number and quote 7.7 percent as proof of a recovery?
If a Republican were president, would the media quote the 7.7 percent rate, but ignore the underlying numbers of 13.8 percent unemployment among black Americans, or 25.1 percent among teens?
If a Republican president was presiding over 13.8 percent black unemployment versus 6.8 percent white unemployment, would Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and U.S. Senator Obama be leading massive protests in the streets and blaming it on racism?
If a Republican was president while homelessness reached the highest levels in New York City since the 1929 Great Depression, what would Van Jones say?
If a Republican President presided over the biggest drop in disposable income in 54 years (since record-keeping began in 1959), what would the media say? What would the left say?
If a pro business Republican president presided over record numbers of suicides, at the same time we were suffering the worst economic crisis since 1929, would the media blame the suicide rate on "harsh pro business conservative economic policies?" Yet today they say nothing. Why?
If a Republican president presided over a country with almost 50 million people on food stamps (20 percent of the eligible population of the United States), what would the champions of "the war on poverty" say?
If a pro business, pro oil drilling Republican presided over the doubling of gas prices, what would Democrats say? Would they say he’s in “cahoots with big oil” against the interests of the American people? You can bet they would. Yet with Obama as president and oil prices doubling . . . no protests, no marches, not a peep out of the left or consumer advocates.
If food and gas prices both went up dramatically under a Republican president, yet he claimed there was no sign of inflation, would liberals be up in arms and call the president a liar? You can bet on it. Yet under Obama . . . not a word is mentioned in the media about grocery prices skyrocketing.
If a Republican president nominated a man for treasury secretary that held his money in the Cayman Islands in a building liberals called “the world’s biggest tax scam” . . . what would Senator Harry Reid say? We already know what he said about Mitt Romney for doing the same thing. Yet we hear stone silence from Reid and Democrats about Obama's choice for Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
What if a Republican president sold guns to Mexican drug cartels that were then used to kill 300 Mexicans plus a U.S. Border Agent? What would the Democrat-controlled Senate say?
What if a Republican president refused higher security for a U.S. ambassador, then upon hearing he was under attack, refused to allow a rescue attempt, and then left for the night.
Would the media have a problem with the image of a Republican president sleeping while our ambassador and three American heroes were slaughtered, while waiting for help that never came? Somehow I think Geraldo would be up in arms.
What if a Republican president played golf with Tiger Woods at a luxury resort all weekend and refused media access, while a sequestration crisis that could damage the economy was looming within days? What would the media say?
What if a Republican president named Bush was presiding over historic numbers of Americans under the age of 30 living in poverty, record numbers of college graduates in default on student loans, and record numbers of middle-aged Americans raiding their retirement accounts out of desperation to survive? Do you think the media would report this economy is in “recovery?”
What if a Republican president was desperate to disarm Americans, ban our assault rifles, and tax our bullets, yet at the same time his Homeland Security was busy buying record quantities of assault rifles, armored vehicles, enough bullets for a 30-year war, and building a private civilian army that answers only to the president? Would someone be asking questions? You can bet they would.
What if a Republican president claimed that America was so broke we could no longer afford White House tours, or afford to keep illegal alien felons in prison, yet at the same time somehow managed to find hundreds of millions of dollars to hand to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt — who hate America, want to destroy Israel, and terrorize and murder Christians on a daily basis? Would there be protests in the streets? You can bet on it.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul obviously has been imagining this scenario and has had enough.
So last week, Rand stood up to President Obama for nearly 13 courageous hours. For nearly 13 hours he showed America how a real United States Senator should act. For nearly 13 long hours he prodded a sleeping giant (the American public) to wake up and shout “I’m not going to take it anymore.”
Perhaps this was a moment that we’ll be reading about in the history books one day. This was certainly the moment we learned the emperor has no clothes.
Thank you Rand for reminding us what it means to be an American.
I'd just like to see a Republican filibuster in the future drawing attention to the tragic Obama economy and all the middle class Americans whose lives are being destroyed by Obama's taxes, over-spending, and record levels of deficit and debt.
For that topic I'd recommend at least a 48-hour filibuster.
Wayne Allyn Root is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party Libertarian Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts." Read more reports from Wayne Allyn Root — Click Here Now.
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