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Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on Fixing the Patriot Act (2006)

Back in the fall of 2001, current presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively.  As such, they had a decision to make — would they vote for or against the USA PATRIOT Act? Passed into law that year, the PATRIOT Act has been used to vastly expand the surveillance powers of the federal government, breaching a variety of constitutional limits.  The 2001 distinction between the candidates is clear: as a Senator, Clinton voted to pass the PATRIOT Act; as a Representative, Sanders voted against passage.

Five years later, it was perfectly clear how much damage to Americans’ privacy and civil liberties had been done by the PATRIOT Act, and a chance came to fix the damage by repealing the PATRIOT Act.  On March 7 2006, Bernie Sanders cast a vote against renewal of the PATRIOT Act.  On March 2 2006, Hillary Clinton cast a vote for renewal of the PATRIOT Act.

The distinction is clear.  Knowing what you’ve known all along about what the government can and has done to Americans with its PATRIOT Act powers, keep these votes in mind.

11 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on Fixing the Patriot Act (2006)”

  1. ella says:

    All this aside for a moment. I would like to pass along my condolences to the Biden family for the passing of Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden. He was only 46 years old, but lived a full life. No matter how high a person’s station, a loss of a child is grief. May God comfort Joe Biden and his family.

  2. Korky Day says:

    I hate to break the bad news, but because of public demand, the next president will be a woman. Clinton or Warren. The plutocrats behind the scenes know this.

    1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

      You forgot to mention that Republicans have Carly Fiorina.

      1. Korky Day says:

        I didn’t forget. Do you really think she has a chance?

  3. Korky Day says:

    Polls intimate that Elizabeth Warren would be a strong contender if she wants to be. Much stronger than Sanders.

  4. ella says:

    Here are some of her earliest and staunchest supporters:, which is not a bad way to start. As plutocrats go,they are knowledgeable about matters political and legal.

    But really, as the political pendulum swings, it is time for another party to enter the White House to prevent a one philosophy system, which may bankrupt the USA. That typically is a Republican, as the pundits would say. Sanders is much stronger than Hillary or Bill, but not as wealthy and he doesn’t shake down the poor for their breakfast and lunch money. Sanders isn’t hiding his emails, his collection methods to get money, his political biases… no need to go on. Korky, I understand that you are supporting your candidate, but please try to give a reason why. The public is not demanding a woman president. In fact not many women want a woman in the White House, even if she is past menopause. We all know her husbands dirty laundry, and the lawsuits they went through while in the White House the last time, for their shady ‘investments’. At least we know the lay of the land with them. But they spent 8 years in the White House already. So give some reasons why you want them back. Not a son or daughter, but them.

    1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

      Lots of people have made endorsements already!,_2016

      Larry Flynt is among the endorsers. You can looks through all the endorsers to find any more interesting people.

      If you go by number of endorsements, 2016 will be Hillary Clinton versus Rand Paul!

    2. Korky Day says:

      I am not supporting anyone, yet, least of all Clinton.
      I feel the public is demanding a woman president. Not that they’d necessarily say so. Like Obama being Black.

  5. ella says:

    Back to the Patriot Act. Did anyone notice that, for now anyway, the NSA isn’t in the metadata collection business? Scott Walker and Ted Cruz are pretty well tied for first place in the if the vote was today category. with Ted Cruz at 22% and Scott Walker at 21%. 0% for Carly Fiona at this time. Rand Paul stands at about 13%.

    As for voting for a woman – any woman – 92% said yes they would if she is qualified. However, according to a CBS news poll, only 55% believe the country is ready for a woman president at this time. Trustworthyness comes into play as well. Here is a site if you have dome doubts about her trustworthiness:
    Do You trust Hillary Clinton?

  6. ella says:

    Am I losing track? I wrote another post but it seems to have gotten lost. Anyhoo…The latest on Sanders is that he is getting unexpected attention in Iowa and Minnesota. That Democratic heads are turning toward Sanders.

  7. ella says:

    There it is! Thank you. Sanders is moving and shaking things up as he goes. He is being eagerly listened to!

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