You know, here I was in the state of Ohio, sitting on the fence, undecided, still willing to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama… until this morning. This morning, Hillary Clinton knocked me off the fence. I am no longer undecided. Unless something major happens to change my position, I will be voting for Barack Obama. Here’s why:
|Hillary Clinton’s Promise:
“Several provisions – including those which would have a profound impact on the civil liberties of Americans – need to be the subject of careful deliberation. For example, the bill under consideration gives telecommunication companies blanket retroactive immunity for their alleged cooperation in the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. I continue to believe that a grant of retroactive immunity is wrong, and I have cosponsored Senator Dodd’s amendment to remove that provision from the bill. The Bush Administration has blatantly disregarded Americans’ civil liberties over the past seven years, and I simply will not trust them to protect Americans’ privacy rights. With the temporary Protect America Act set to expire on February 1st, I strongly believe that we need to pass balanced legislation that protects our civil liberties and the rule of law while giving our law enforcement and intelligence agencies the tools they need to protect our country.”
|Barack Obama’s Promise:
“I strongly oppose retroactive immunity in the FISA bill.
Ever since 9/11, this Administration has put forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand.
The FISA court works. The separation of power works. We can trace, track down and take out terrorists while ensuring that our actions are subject to vigorous oversight, and do not undermine the very laws and freedom that we are fighting to defend.
No one should get a free pass to violate the basic civil liberties of the American people – not the President of the United States, and not the telecommunications companies that fell in line with his warrantless surveillance program. We have to make clear the lines that cannot be crossed.
That is why I am co-sponsoring Senator Dodd’s amendment to remove the immunity provision. Secrecy must not trump accountability. We must show our citizens â€“ and set an example to the world â€“ that laws cannot be ignored when it is inconvenient.
A grassroots movement of Americans has pushed this issue to the forefront. You have come together across this country. You have called upon our leaders to adhere to the Constitution. You have sent a message to the halls of power that the American people will not permit the abuse of power â€“ and demanded that we reclaim our core values by restoring the rule of law.
It’s time for Washington to hear your voices, and to act. I share your commitment to this cause, and will stand with you in the fights to come. And when I am President, the American people will once again be able to trust that their government will stand for justice, and will defend the liberties that we hold so dear as vigorously as we defend our security.”
|Hillary Clinton’s Action:
FAILED to show up as promised to her job in the SENATE
|Barack Obama’s Action:
SHOWED UP as promised to his job in the SENATE
Senator Hillary Clinton talked a good talk, but she didn’t do what she promised to do. She failed to oppose the FISA Amendments Act. She failed to show up for her job.
Senator Barack Obama made a promise to defend the rule of law in this country. He kept his promise.
When Ohio holds its election on March 4, my vote will go to Obama.