“My 13-hour filibuster was a message to the president: Good intentions are not enough,” the Kentucky Republican said. “Mr. President, good intentions are not enough. After Mr. Paul’s information-seeking filibuster over the Obama administration’s policy regarding the constitutionality of drone strikes, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sent him a curt letter shortly afterward clarifying that Mr. Obama does not have the authority “to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil.”
“The filibuster was about drones, but also much more: Do we have a Bill of Rights, do we have a Constitution, and will we defend it?” Mr. Paul said. Many in the crowd at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., stood for the entirety of the address, waving “Stand with Rand” signs at various points — a meme that grew out of the recent filibuster.