At the end of last month, I reported on the various positions on NSA spying against Americans held by candidates in the Democratic primary for the special election to the seat of the U.S. Senate for New Jersey left open by the death of Frank Lautenberg.
Only one candidate in the primary, Representative Rush Holt, had both made clear statements against the military’s Big Brother surveillance system operating through the National Security Agency and taken strong action to close the system down. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver had expressed opposition as well, but of course, as a member of a state legislature, rather than the national Congress, Oliver had not been in a strong position to take action on the issue.
One candidate took neither strong action nor expressed strong opposition: That was the Democratic Party establishment’s favored candidate, Newark mayor Cory Booker. Booker had not only avoided strong criticism of the NSA spying on Americans, but had harshly criticized whistleblower Edward Snowden, who put his livelihood and liberty on the line to let the American people know what the NSA was up to.
Yesterday was the New Jersey primary election. The opponents of NSA spying didn’t do well. Rush Holt came in third place, with 17 percent of the vote. Sheila Oliver got just 5 percent of the vote, in fourth place.
Cory Booker won, with 59 percent of the vote.
This election shows that it isn’t just politicians who are blocking restoration of Fourth Amendment protections from unreasonable search and seizure.
Voters in the Democratic Party are a big part of the problem. They’re choosing power over liberty.
That power was derived from big piles of money. Cory Booker spent a million dollars more than the 2nd and 3rd place contenders combined.