In the 2008 Presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama condemned the rights-robbing USA Patriot Act and promised to curtail the law’s most onerous privisions, including the unlimited detentions of Americans — something that openly violated the Constitution.
The Patriot Act, crafted by John Ashcroft and rushed into law by a shell-shocked Congress, ignores many freedoms supposedly protected by the Constitution.‘s bible-thumping attorney general
As President, Obama not only forgot his campaign promises about the Patriot Act but supported measures to expand the law to further violate the rights of American citizens.
That is reason enough to kick his lying ass out of the public housing he occupies at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
However, the only other choice that will be on the Presidential ballot in most states will be Mitt Romney, who supports the Patriot Act.
The only candidate in this year’s race who opposed the Patriot Act is Libertarian/GOP Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who has long opposed the law for what it is: A flagrant violation of the Constitution.
Paul broke ranks with the GOP in 2001 and became one of just three Republicans to vote against passage of the act. When the act came up for re authorization in 2011 with more rights-robbing regulations supported by both Democrats and Republicans Paul was one of 26 Republicans opposing the act.
The list of those who wanted to put the Constitution first grew in 10 years but it wasn’t enough. Congress still passed the re-authorization and Obama signed it into law — extending the streak of Constitutional erosion that accelerated after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
With the GOP nomination out of reach, Paul is now concentrating on acquiring enough delegates to have a role at the party’s convention in Tampa in August and exerting some influence on the platform.
Among the things Paul wants is a platform plank opposing unlimited detention of Americans under the Patriot Act.
Here at Capitol Hill Blue, we applaud his determination to impact the platform. While we don’t agree with some of his positions we feel his unwavering support of the Constitution and his steadfast opposition to those who want to scrap the protections the document once provided deserve praise and support.
In our opinion, no law in American history has been more a threat to freedom and unpatriotic than the so-called “USA Patriot Act.” It has done more to erode the once-sovereign protections of the Constitution than any other action ever taken by Congress or signed into law.
At least Paul has the courage to stand up to those who want to turn the document that once defined our nation into little more than toilet paper.
- Government spying on Americans increased under Obama’s watch (capitolhillblue.com)