Patriot Jan Schakowsky Opposes FISA Amendments ActWhat is patriotism? Is it the mere defense of a piece of turf? Any fool can defend a piece of land. No, patriotism is the defense of the ideals that a nation stands for. In the case of the United States of America, the ideals that the nation stands for are established by the Constitution. In America, to be patriotic is to stand in defense of the Constitution, whether it is under attack from outside the nation's borders, or from within, by domestic enemies. I count Representative Jan Schakowsky as a patriotic hero for her role in the effort to stop the FISA Amendments Act. Democratic Party leadership is shamelessly repeating Republican talking points. They claim that the FISA Amendments Act is some kind of "compromise". Anyone who has actually read the law knows better. Listen, for example, to what the legal experts at the Electronic Frontier Foundation say about the FISA Amendments Act: "Some have called the bill a balanced compromise between extremes, but this is pure spin. In reality, it's nothing less than a complete cave to the phone companies' and White House's demands." Jan Schakowsky read the law, and saw that the FISA Amendments Act will give legal immunity to telecommunications corporations that broke the law by working with George W. Bush to spy on the private communications of millions of Americans. So, instead of just going along with the crowd, and obeying the Democratic Party leadership, Congresswoman Schakowsky took to the floor of the House of Representatives and stood her ground, speaking out against the terrible law. Schakowsky reminded us of the wisdom of the leaders who crafted the Constitution: They knew that liberty makes us stronger not weaker. They knew that freedom is the foundation of true security, and that whenever freedom is sacrificed, people actually become less secure. Schakowsky said, "The Bush Administration has put forward the idea that Congress must choose between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. I disagree wholeheartedly with this premise. The Congress can and must take stronger steps to protect the civil liberties of ever American, to do anything less is simply contrary to everything for which this country has stood." Thanks to Jan Shakowsky for doing her part to stand against the domestic enemies of the Constitution.
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