Whither Obama? November 2, 2008

O Obama, how you disappoint. First campaign financing, and now FISA. You’ve got you’re eyes on the prize and your tacking to the center and you figure what difference will it make because McCain, of course, supports the new FISA legislation that legalizes previously illegal spying and gives immunity to the telecoms. And you’re better than McCain. We all know that.

Except, maybe, we don’t. Maybe we just know that you’re a bright guy with a biracial background who is capable of conveying a sense that you possess sound judgment and an inherently decent character. After the pathetic farce that was Bush, we’re desperately desperate and you know it. But DO NOT continue to test us. It’s an election year and we know that if you vote the right way they could turn it against you. They’ll say you’re soft on terror. You’re not experienced enough to face, as McCain puts it, the “transcendent” battle of our time.

But you are wrong. Support for this bill is wrong. You know it and we know it and we know you know it. You’re a lecturer on constitutional law. Here, as you well know, is the fourth amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

As I’ve written before, you want a strict constructionist interpretation? Here it is: The bill, and all the previous illegal spying by Bush, is unconstitutional. This is a disgrace to our founding principles and another notch on the belt of the terrorists.

So shame on you. We all understand why you did it, but that doesn’t make it right. For shame!


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