Barack Obama Fails To Abide By Promise to Filibuster FISA Amendments Act. Why Caring is Not Shallow.Well, that's it. Barack Obama has failed to support the filibuster of H.R. 6304, the bill to gut the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and legalize warrantless wiretaps and physical searches. A number of people are asking themselves how they can support a presidential candidate who fails to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Democratic partisans like Racht are asking them to stop thinking about it:
Nobody should be shallow enough to abandon support for the best Presidential candidate we have on a single issue.My response to Racht: The media (and a lot of bloggers) have focused on telecom immunity. But there is a lot more to this bill. This is about the passage of a bill that only takes away standing from citizens to bring a court case that could possibly strike the bill down. How can you declare the bill unconstitutional if you can't get it in court? There is more. The bill enables both electronic AND physical searches on an "emergency basis" without any court review or warrants. The presidential administration gets to keep the information from those electronic AND physical searches solely on the presidential administration's say-so. This is about the gutting of the Constitution, which is THE single foundational basis of the rule of law in the most powerful nation on the planet. It's about unchecked power and the destruction of checks and balances that keep this most powerful nation on the planet from going completely unhinged. It is not shallow to consider the Constitution of the United States when voting. People who care about the Constitution are not shallow.
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