The Constitutional Horror of the “Protect America Act”

A speech on the Senate Floor by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

This is a good encapsulation of what has been wrong with America for the past 8 years. I can’t believe that a senator even needed to give this speech. And now we see the tip of the iceberg of how this power was abused.

HT: Ross Kerr

2 Responses to The Constitutional Horror of the “Protect America Act”

  1. Ken says:

    These three measures go far beyond wiretaps. It grants broad powers at almost every level exclusively to the President, not just wiretaps. I’ll ask my own simple question. Who, if anyone in congress, actually read this peace of “legislation” before they voted on it. I was just being sarcastic there because the reality is most bills that are brought before Congress are not fully read by our “representatives” before they are passed into law. This happened in August? After all this administration has done over the years to erode our Constitutional rights? This Congress is inept on both sides of the isle.

    “We The People!” … Congress had better start getting this right before this administration or another takes an eraser to that … then we are all finished.

  2. blevinsj says:

    It is disheartening to listen to the eloquent speech. It is disheartening because Congress possesses the Constitutional authority to block the President (ask Clinton).

    The President is the weakest authroity figure in our governmental system. The veto is the Presidents only ability to enter the law making process.

    If Congress is upset about the whittling away of Constitutional rights…then STOP WHITTLING AWAY OUR RIGHTS! Congress passes the laws, Congress sets the budgets, etc. Congress has the power.

    It begs the question: Why are we so concerned with the Presidential race? The President requires aid and support from Congress to do….well anything.

    Why do we pay little to no attention to Senate and Representative races? A few key votes or strong voices in Congress are exponentially stronger than any one man in the White House (sorry Nixon but it is true).

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