It’s almost certain that former U.S. Senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is going to run for the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2016. It’s also almost certain that U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders is going to run for President in 2016, though we don’t know if Sanders will run for the Democratic nomination, or as an independent.
It might be a bit early for these two to officially declare their presidential candidacies, but it is not too early for us to explore the differences between them on the issues that matter most. It’s difficult to think of any issue that matters more than the development of an enormous electronic surveillance state under George W. Bush, and the growth of that Big Brother apparatus under Barack Obama. It isn’t just the NSA that’s been spying on the personal and private activities of law-abiding Americans – the CIA has joined with its own Homeland Security abuses, including spying on members of the United States Senate as if they are enemies of the state.
Where do Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton stand on the issue of unconstitutional electronic spying against Americans? The difference between these two candidates is like night and day.
An hour ago, Senator Sanders used the Twitter account directly connected to his official Senate website to spread the following graphic of protest:
“What I worry about is kids growing up in a society where they say, ‘If I send this email or if I visit this website, then somebody may think I’m a terrorist. I’m not going to talk about this issue, I’m not going to read this book, I’m not going to explore this idea.’ I don’t want anyone thinking about that. It upsets me very much and is not the kind of free society I think we should be living in.”
It’s pretty easy to see where Bernie Sanders stands on the issue of big government spying on our everyday activities. He’s been taking public stands against it for years.
What about Hillary Clinton?
Back in 2007, when the FISA Amendments Act was passed, and made massive electronic spying against Americans by the federal government retroactively legal, Hillary Clinton didn’t even bother to show up to vote on the legislation.
As Secretary of State under Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton may not have been at liberty to criticize the Obama Administration’s extreme expansion of governmental spying against Americans. After she resigned, however, she became free to speak her mind on the subject.
She hasn’t. Clinton won’t talk about the surveillance abuses by the NSA, the CIA or the FBI. Instead of speaking out against the violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, Clinton acts as if there’s no problem at all.
Instead of taking a stand against Big Brother, Hillary Clinton is allowing critical tweets like these to build up, undermining confidence in her coming campaign.
If you care about the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from unreasonable search and seizure, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders is crystal clear. Sanders has been a strong voice of opposition, while Clinton has been content to shrug while Big Brother grows ever bigger.