ADVERTISEMENT
Only Eric HolderEric H. HolderManafort heads for Senate showdown after subpoena Holder: Voting commission's Kobach is a 'fact-challenged zealot' Holder defends Mueller: 'No basis to question the integrity of Mueller' MORE could put it so eloquently, “President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump considers naming Yellen or Cohn to lead the Fed West Wing to empty out for August construction Ex-CIA chief: Trump’s Boy Scout speech felt like ‘third world authoritarian's youth rally’ MORE has the legal authority to unleash deadly force, such as drone strikes, against Americans on U.S. soil without first putting them on trial...”

But not every senator praised Paul's leadership. South Carolina's very own U.S. Senator Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal OPINION | McConnell attempt to butcher ObamaCare is political malpractice Graham defends Sessions: Trump tweets 'highly inappropriate' MORE, chided Paul for his outspoken leadership. Instead, he patronized Paul as “ridiculous.”

Graham was against Brennan before the filibuster, calling him “arrogant, kind of a bit shifty.” But a few hours after dinner with the president, Graham was suddenly in favor of him, determining that the nomination was instead a referendum on the drone program.

As South Carolinians, we are no stranger to controversy. Our politics are notorious for it, for better or worse. Oftentimes for worse.

In a state with many active duty military and veterans alike, we pride ourselves in our patriotism of God and country. But what's the price for freedom? Is opposing a drone program against U.S. Citizens on U.S. soil really opposing our military? I would argue opposing "judge, jury and executioner" style drone strikes is standing up for the constitutionally guaranteed principles our military has been protecting for more than 200 years. Would someone please clarify that for Lindsey Graham.

This is a fundamental issue about our individual liberties. It's about the guidon for the federal government, our constitution. It's about the ever growing arm of the federal government, encroaching into our lives.

So as Graham continues rehabilitating his liberal voting record by appearing on Meet the Press and FOX News every week, remember, he is a republican senator who voted for liberal supreme court justices Sonia Sotomayer and Elena Kagan.

When he says things like “Foreign relations are not a Democrat or Republican issue, but an American issue,” yet he still votes to send foreign aid to countries that teach their children to hate our culture and freedom, burn the American flag and support terrorism. We should realize that more and more Americans want to shield their sons and daughters from harms way when they go to war.

When he campaigns against a republican senator in a general election, take democrat Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin on GOP lawmaker’s suggestion for a duel with female senators: I’ll ‘step outside with him’ McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Pressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questioned MORE for instance, we will continue to hurt the republican party.

As he works in a “bipartisan” manner on a "grand bargain" that includes higher taxes, and when he decides that he “will violate the tax pledge” for the “good of the country,” he waters down our fiscal conservative values in the process.

So as we continue to dismember the republican party, when we should be coming together on the basic tenets of individual liberty and the free-market, remember this:

Paul's filibuster is the reason the president no longer has the authority to use an unmanned aerial craft to kill an American on U.S. soil “who was not engaged in combat.”

Thank you Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Healthcare: Senate votes to begin ObamaCare repeal debate | McCain returns to vote | GOP floats scaled-down healthcare bill Overnight Regulation: House votes to repeal forced arbitration rule | Dems look to ban controversial pesticide | House panel wants to hear from tech CEOs on net neutrality Senate parliamentarian: More parts of ObamaCare repeal will need 60 votes MORE and true conservatives like Ted CruzTed CruzSenate Dem: We’re trying to block a recess appointment to replace Sessions Sessions says he won't resign despite Trump criticism: report Senate ObamaCare repeal, replace plan expected to need 60 votes MORE, Mike LeeMike LeeTrump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal GOP senators back Sessions after Trump attacks OPINION | Senators, time for rhetoric to face reality on ObamaCare repeal vote MORE and others who backed him, for your leadership on a fundamental issue facing our nation, and that is our right to individual freedom and liberty.

Your courage under fire, even from moderates in your own party, sets the example for how to reclaim constitutional government and God given rights for every American.

Mace is the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. She is the author of In the Company of Men published by Simon and Schuster. She is a small business owner of a public relations, marketing and political consulting firm, The Mace Group, based in Charleston, South Carolina.