On Thursday April 7th, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous three judge decision ruling that NSA collecting millions of American’s phone records violates the terms set forth in the Patriot Act. For those of you who do not know, the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records for millions of Americans who are not suspected of a specific crime. This ruling was a victory for individual liberty and rule of law in this country.
Americans like our privacy, we have an understanding that we have rights, rights given to us by God. They are not privileges given to us by a benevolent government. Thus we get rather irritated when our right to privacy is invaded, when the government starts illegally spying on us. Now I should point out that there are some people who are willing to sacrifice their liberty for security, and these individuals typically respond to such scandals by saying “let them look I have nothing to hide.” Is that really true, does the average American Citizen have nothing to hide from the Federal Government?
There are over 4,000,000 regulations on the books in the United States. Four million, is a lot, how could anyone possibly avoid breaking all of them, everyday, for their entire life? According to a study in 2008 by the Heritage Foundation the Federal Government has been adding on average 55 new laws a year, sense 1980, that works out to to 1540 laws at the time of the study. It is estimated that the average American commits 3 felonies a day. Three a day. Suddenly it is becoming clear that maybe you do have something to hide, worse yet you do not even know about it. The United States Criminal Code is so vast, and so open to interpretation (thank you “living document” theorist) that the U.S. Attorney can find a way to prosecute just about anyone in the United States. I am not talking about the criminal degenerates of the nation, I am talking about the average American. You know the middle class working man, has a home in the suburbs, a wife, a couple kids, commits three felonies a day.
I would hope now that people understand why it is that the NSA gathering bulk data on millions of Americans who are not suspected of a specific crime is dangerous. Imagine the political leverage this gives the Federal Government to utilize against the population. A Morally righteous man stands up against the government, speaks out against abuses of power, and is thrown in prison for a crime no one knew existed. Suddenly people start worrying more about staying out of prison, than they do about standing up for what is right. Suddenly the government has free reign to do what it wants.
Now is that going to happen tomorrow, probably not, but could it happen, yes easily. Do you really trust the federal government with that type of power? I know I don’t. I do not trust any mortal being with that amount of power.
So Americans have a choice, a big one coming up. In 2016 we are going to choose a new President, send a new person to the White House charged with executing the laws of this nation. We have to make a choice, do we want someone who will stand up against the NSA Spying program, or do we want someone who is going to defend it, possibly even expand it?
Right now in the 2016 Presidential field there are two types of candidates running. You have limited government conservatives such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker. Then you have atypical progressive, establishment Republicans such as Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and although he tries to distance himself from that title Marco Rubio.
I am not going to waste your time by describing the views of presidential long shots like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. Instead I want to focus on two more viable candidates Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio. These two have a real chance at winning the White House, the question is which one do you actually want in office.
Senator Rand Paul, is a well spoken, true limited government conservative. He has been speaking out against the illegal NSA spying program sense the story broke. A year ago Senator Paul sued the NSA, President Obama, and Eric Holder over the program. In a recent interview with Glenn Beck Senator Paul explained the issue with the NSA program.
“The Fourth Amendment is very explicit. It says you have to name the person. You have to name the things you want. You got to have probable cause, and then you have to ask a judge for permission. And one of the reasons we did that is, we didn’t want to allow general warrants, where you can be rounded up because of your ethnicity, rounded up because of your religion, rounded up because of your political beliefs. It had to be individualized. ”
So here you have a man who is standing up for rule of law, individual liberty, he is standing up against the government invading every private aspect of our lives. When he heard about the Court Ruling he boldly proclaimed it “a monumental decision for all lovers of liberty.”
It is very clear where Senator Paul stands. He stands for rule of law, he stands for individual liberty.
Then there is Marco Rubio, the senator that sold his soul to the GOP Establishment. The man who once inspired so much hope amongst conservatives. Senator Rubio has proven that he is no different than John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeb Bush. Shorty after the court issued its ruling saying that the NSA’s bulk collection of data over steps its authorization from congress, Marco Rubio decided to prove his credentials.
Mind you not his conservative credentials, no he does not have any of those. No he decided to prove just how loyal of a dog he is to the GOP Establishment. Senator Rubio actually stood up along side Lindsay Graham and John McCain, and defended the Patriot Act, defended the bulk spying of the NSA. Senator Rubio had this to say said, “I hope that I’m wrong, but one day there will be an attack that’s successful. And the first question out of everyone’s mouth is going to be, why didn’t we know about it?” And the answer better not be, because this Congress failed to authorize a program that might have helped us know about it”.
So it is clear where Marco Runio stands. Senator Marco Rubio sides with Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsay Graham, oh yeah, and Jeb Bush. His beliefs put him more in line with President Barack Obama than with the conservative base of the GOP. Tell me what is different between Marco Rubio believing in government having the right to obliterate the Constitution, and President Obama obliterating the Constitution?
The answer is one is a Republican, and one is a Democrat. At the end of the day, both are progressives, and both are a threat to the continuation of the United States of America. Both are a threat to the continuation of liberty in the United States. So you conservatives out there, and for Republicans in general. You have a choice to make. You can choose to vote for someone like Marco Rubio, and continue to see the government continue to invade our lives, bit by bit, see the number of felonies committed every day by the average American grow from three, to four, to five. See the government gain the ability to monitor our every move, all in the name of keeping you safe. You won’t have any rights anymore, but you will be alive. Hurray for being sheep.
You can choose to stand with someone like Rand Paul, someone who will reverse the unstoppable growth of government. Someone who will end the war on our liberty. Someone who will actually preserve our rights. Someone who will restore the American People to individuals, rather than just numbers, cogs in a machine.
If you choose to vote for Rubio, you might as well vote for Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton. There is not a nickles worth of difference between them. Oh they make a great attempt to sound like they are conservatives, sound like they like limited government. But in the end Marco Rubio is no different the presidential failures like John McCain.
It is time to stand with true conservatives like Rand Paul.