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Wouldn’t It Be Great If a Civil Libertarian Ran for U.S. Senate? Now Ditch the Subjunctive: It Is Great.

“Vast NSA spying undermines our democratic freedoms and threatens international relations.”

Wouldn’t it be great to have a candidate for national public office who was willing to say something like this in blunt, bold, terms? It would be great to have someone in the U.S. Senate who says “the Senate should open its work to the public and enact meaningful NSA reforms… it’s not necessary to compromise our core principles to advance meaningful reform.” A shared commitment to protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights transcends partisan politics.”

Wouldn’t it be good to find someone running for Senate willing to identify the U.S. Congress as a major source of blame for the current unconstitutional surveillance debacle? You know, maybe they could put it something like this:

“This isn’t the first time we have been down this road of tough rhetoric and weak action. Members of Congress are responsible for laws like the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 that have enabled abuse of power by the NSA and other federal spy agencies. We need a special Congressional investigation into the nature and extent of spying in America, and we need a dramatic overhaul of our nation’s privacy laws to restore our constitutional freedoms and public trust.”

They’d have to be a good alternative, though. You know what I mean: they’d have to be working against someone who time and time again voted to allow U.S. Government agencies to spy on the American people despite the protections afforded to us in the U.S. Constitution.

One last thing: they’d have to have a track record of proven defense of the U.S. Constitution. Haven’t we had enough of political candidates who promise the moon but don’t actually do what they say they’re going to do?

Wouldn’t that be great?

Stop using the subjunctive “would.” It is great.

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is rotten on protecting Americans’ rights. Senator Collins has failed to support the Ending Secret Law Act that would tell us the basis for surveillance law. Susan Collins voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act with only minutes of Congressional debate. Senator Collins signed her name to a bill outlawing peaceful political protest. Susan Collins voted for a bill that lets the U.S. Government throw anyone into indefinite detention forever, without trial, without charges and without proof of any crime. Senator Susan Collins voted to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act of domestic warrantless spying — without a single, solitary reform.

Running against Susan Collins for a U.S. Senate seat in Maine is Shenna Bellows, who has made every pledge to protect civil liberties that I listed above.

Shenna Bellows is better than a good talker, though. For 8 years until she resigned last month to run for office, Shenna Bellows was the state leader of the ACLU in Maine, and she didn’t just talk: Bellows worked hard to fight unconstitutional surveillance throughout her tenure.

If you’re looking at the current crop of candidates running for office and you think none of them stands for you, your concerns about unconstitutional spying, and your unpopular belief in civil liberties, you’re wrong.

Take a closer look at Shenna Bellows. Here’s a candidate who’s worth your support.

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