“Far Left,” “left-wing,” “purists.” That’s how the New York Times refers to Americans who are dismayed that after promising to filibuster the FISA Amendments Act, Barack Obama actually voted to stop the filibuster and then voted for its passage.
The FISA Amendments Act is the bill now passed into law that gives a president’s administration nice, juicy periods of 67 days in which they can electronically spy on and physically search anyone, anywhere — without warrants, without justifications, and with the ability to keep whatever information is seized during those 67 days. No description of the persons, places and things to be searched or seized is supplied to a judge. This scheme is a direct contradiction of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reads:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
A demand for respect for the Constitution of the United States of America as the supreme law of the land is at the center of the objections by Obama’s critics regarding the FISA Amendments Act. America under the rule of law, organized according to the principles of the Constitution, was how our new country was envisioned two hundred and twenty-one years ago. Is that “Far Left”? Is that “left-wing?” Is scrupulous attention to constitutionality the work of “purists?”
Fine. Meet 40 “far left” “left-wing” purists:
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
The New York Times is not alone in its assessment of those who support and defend the Constitution. It quotes a variety of Democratic Party loyalists who lay dollops of disdain upon those who believe that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution was a good idea and ought to remain in effect.
“I’m not surprised they’re getting a little cranky. They’ve always been kind of cranky. A mainstream Democrat has always been too mainstream for them.” — Kari Chisolm, who does consulting work for Democratic Party politicians and who also writes for a partisan pro-Democrat blog.
“I don’t think the test on him is in an explicitly narrow set of check boxes that have to get filled.” – Kevin Looper, Executive Director of the strategic communications outfit Our Oregon tied to the professional political consulting firm Mandate Media.
“When are these people going to go, anyway? My attitude is lighten up on the guy. We want to win. Moving to the center is not a crime in this country.” — Bob Blanchard, owner of the Providence Telephone and Internet Company and large contributor to Barack Obama.
Call me far-left for it, call me a purist, but I continue to believe that speaking one’s mind on the issues of the day with honesty trumps allegiance to the ascendant reign of one man. I believe that’s what the framers of the Constitution had in mind, way back when.