(National Sentinel) Filibuster: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the floor of his chamber Thursday evening to rail against a two-year budget deal being negotiated between members of both parties because it substantially raises spending and will likely add to the national debt.
“When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party,” Paul said at one point on the Senate floor, during a speech that slowed down the budget approval process ahead of a midnight government shutdown deadline.
“But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty,” he added.
Republicans were critical of Paul because his effort led to the government being shut down — at least temporarily. At this hour it remains shut down until President Donald J. Trump signs budget legislation that passed both chambers of Congress.
Despite what anyone may think of Paul’s efforts and statements, that is what his constituents elected him to do — fight for the principles upon which he ran, say supporters.
But should disagreement invoke violence? Actress Bette Midler thinks so, according to a tweet she sent Thursday evening referencing a recent violent attack upon Paul by a neighbor that left him with six broken ribs.
“Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?” she said.
A spokesman for the senator was blunt in his response.
“I guess some people think felony assault, six broken ribs and other internal injuries are funny. That makes them pretty disturbed,” Chief Strategist Doug Stafford told the Gateway Pundit in response to the tweet.
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