|41st Conservative Political Action Conference ...Next >|
|March 7, 2014--Sen. Rand Paul
(KY) delivered one of the most powerful speeches of the conference, a
stirring defense of liberty. "Now, you
may think I’m talking about electing Republicans," Paul said. "I’m not.
about electing lovers of liberty." Paul declared:
"It isn’t just the harm that this president is causing, it’s the future harm that he allows by destroying the checks and balances that once restrained each of the branches of government. Progressives, by their own assertions, don’t want to be bound by any original intent of the Constitution or its authors. They believe the Constitution is whatever the majority says it is. Progressives believe that a majority may separate you from your rights.
"Jim Crow, the Japanese internment, today’s indefinite detention without trial only occur when we allow our God-given rights to be abridged by a majority vote. Our rights are inherent. They're inseparable from our person. Our rights are innate; they come from our Creator and no government can take them away from us.
"The Constitution merely codifies what exists before all time. Mr. President, we won't let you, we will not let you run roughshod over our rights. We will challenge you in the courts. We will battle you at the ballot box. Mr. President, we will not let you shred our Constitution." (transcript)
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