Yesterday, this website joined thousands of other websites in promoting The Day We Fight Back, a protest against massive illegal spying on US citizens by the NSA and other federal government agencies.
On one of our sister sites, I took the time to explore in greater detail why it’s time to pay attention to the NSA, which offers a bit of a primer in just how egregious this violation of our 4th Amendment rights really is.
The Day We Fight Back was more than just a protest, actually. With a banner displayed at the bottom of participating sites, visitors were given the opportunity to contact their legislative representatives via email and a phone call in order to express their views about the illegal activities and to request the support of two bills: the USA Freedom Act and the FISA Improvements Act.
More Legislation Is Not the Answer
I hope you took the time to contact your legislators and express your views about this issue. (If not, you may still do soâ€”as of today, anywayâ€”at the protest site linked above.) The sitting representatives need to hear from us about how we feel when our Constitutional rights are being violated.
…which brings me to why I believe more laws areÂ not the answer.
The fact is that we already have a law, theÂ supreme law of the land, which alreadyÂ guarantees our rights where this is concerned.
And that supreme law is being violated.
I appreciate the fact that members of Congress need to author bills because it’s part of the game they play. It ignites support from their constituents, and it’s great when you’re doing your fundraising (they’re always doing fundraising, aren’t they?).
But why should I, as a US Citizen, feel any better because a new law guaranteeing me freedom from oppressive government activities gets passed?
This is why I believe Senator Rand Paul has the right idea. In a press release issued yesterday, Senator Paul announced:
â€œI am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment. The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win.â€
The lawsuit will also nameÂ National Intelligence Director James Clapper, outgoing NSA Director Keith Alexander, and FBI Director James Comey. Joining Senator Paul in the class action isÂ Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks, and lead counsel Ken Cuccinelli.
While I’m sure this won’t hurt Senator Paul’s fundraising efforts either, this action is the right idea for our country. Congratulations to Senator Paul on using the checks and balances designed by the framers of our Constitution by going to the judicial branch of government to restrain the executive branch.
Now it’s our turn… it’s time for “we the people” to useÂ our power as Citizens and vote based upon how well these politicians do or do not uphold the Constitution.