By Linda Vega
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, in Washington D.C., stated that the NSA program that collects data and spies on U.S. Citizens, to be “almost-Orwellian,” and “most likely unconstitutional.” The NSA’s spying on U.S. Citizens is against the 4th Amendment, in that the Government cannot collect information about citizens without a warrant.
Judge Leon’s ruling is a rude awakening to remind us that we must not remain silent when the Federal Government robs us of our liberties. Even James Madison, the author of the Constitution, warned us that those in power would slowly take away our liberties while they are in control of our government.
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations;” ~James Madison
Sen. Cornyn has voted to allow the Federal Government to invade our privacy. In 2007 and 2012, Cornyn voted for the FISA Amendment to Allow Warrantless Data Collection on U.S. Citizens. In addition, in 2006 and May 2011, Cornyn joined in the vote to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act that spies on U.S. Citizens. In fact, he voted to extend the spying well into the year 2017.
If the Federal Government sets the 4th Amendment aside, other amendments will soon crumble including the 1st, the 2nd, and the 10th Amendments. The Bill of Rights was written to work together and give the People of America their basic rights of Freedom. We cannot allow the Federal government to rob us of these liberties.
As your U.S. Senator, I will fight to protect our Bill of Rights and limit the Federal Government’s intrusion into our lives. I will protect the rights of states to have the power to deny the intrusion of the Federal Government into their states for the sake of surveillance. Texas has the right to protect Texans and their freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms, and their freedom to pass their own laws to protect the Great State of Texas.
Linda Vega is candidate for the U.S. Senate from the great state of Texas. You can find more about her campaign website at LindaVegaforTexas.net