Rand Paul’s One-Man Protest

By Austin Anderholt | D.C.

On Monday afternoon, Senator Rand Paul staged a sit-in on the Senate floor in protest of moving forward with the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Senator Paul has repeatedly attacked the bill, tweeting: “I will continue this protest and these objections for as long as needed to ensure Congress does its duty, and vote on ending these wars.”


Paul has been an outspoken constitutionalist and libertarian during his six years in the Senate. In 2013, he staged a lone filibuster for 12 hours about the danger of drone strikes to U.S. citizens on American soil. Following the filibuster, in an interview with Politico, Paul stated,

“I would try to [filibuster] another 12 hours and try to break Strom Thurmond’s record, but there are some limits to filibustering and I am going to have to go take care of one of those here.”

Paul also discussed how the United States is wasting trillions to attack random countries, changing nothing aside from killing civilians.


During the sit-in, Senator Paul tweeted the following:

Rand Paul also attacked both parties for being hypocritical with their interventionist policies:

“Where was the anti-war left demanding wars to end? Where is the constitutional conservative right demanding Congress reclaim its war powers?”

The Senator also wrote that his reasoning for his sit-in was that “these authorizations to use military force are inappropriately being used to justify American warfare in 7 different countries. Sunsetting both AUMFs will force a debate on whether we continue the Afghanistan war, the Libya war, the Yemen war, the Syria war, and other interventions.”

“If we don’t get this rudderless foreign policy under control now, we’ll still be asking the same questions another 16 years down the road…It’s time to demand [that] the policymakers take their own jobs as seriously as the men and women we ask to risk it all for our nation.” -Rand Paul

Austin Anderholt is an opinion writer for 71 Republic. 


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