Don’t worry, unlike most Democrats and Republicans who just posture, Libertarians on both sides are actually doing something about it. You may have read my post on “Why You Should Be Worried About the NSA Scandal“. If you didn’t, but need a recap of the situation, it summarizes a number of reasons why the United States government violating the 4th Amendment is a bad thing. I know there are a lot of people out there that have been defending the government, and saying that we can be outraged all we want, but that we won’t do anything about it. Well, two of my favorite Congressmen have put forth an amendment that would cut the support to the NSA that allows them to collect phone records without a warrant:
Justin Amash’s NSA Surveillance Amendment Ruled in Order.
— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) July 23, 2013
Excited 4 discussion on amdt 2 require courts certify #NSA collection of info pertains 2 individuals under investigation
These two men are personal heroes of mine, and I’m going to gush on for a few paragraphs like a fifteen year old girl talking about One Direction here, so my apologies in advance.
Democratic Congressman Jared Polis first came to my attention a year or so ago when the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) were introduced in Congress. In addition to voicing his dissenting opininion, he personally posted on the League of Legends forums to educate the community regarding the severity of SOPA/PIPA. You see, not only is Jared Polis a League of Legends player, he also made millions in e-commerce by starting up several successful .com ventures. The man knows a thing or two about the internet.
After SOPA/PIPA was defeated Polis went on PATV’s Extra Credits to talk a bit about how the gaming community can help to influence politics.
Couple his very vocal opposition to the PATRIOT Act, his work to decriminalize marijuana, and also add that he’s a open LGBT representative in Congress…I just think he’s awesome.
Now, moving on to Republican Representative Justin Amash. Amash recently made a splash in the news when Karl Rove accused him of being, “Far more liberal than any Republican”. Rove, who is clinging for dear life to an outdated belief system, feels that Amash is being far to Libertarian for his socially conservative tastes. Amash quickly fired back at Rove.
— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) July 9, 2013
To clarify allow me to explain that the Cato Institute is a research organization dedicated to individual liberty, Clue For Growth is a group that promotes a high growth economy from limited government, and FreedomWorks is an activist group interested in less government and lower taxes . You see, Mr. Rove, you actually have run into a superior fiscal conservative here who doesn’t just say he’s for less government, he actively votes for less government. I don’t know if you have noticed this, Karl, but we’ve been in a recession for awhile. Amash here seems to be able to back up his talk with his voting record, unlike some of the candidates you’ve been backing.
It is really encouraging to see these two in a bipartisan coalition attempting to defend our right to privacy. It really gives me hope that one day Libertarians won’t just be thought as nutjobs wearing tin foil hats, but we’ll be on the forefront to fixing what’s wrong with this country. I originally was going to do a post about Rand Paul today, but these two really caught my attention with their amendment. Please be sure to contact your representatives and let them know you support Congressman Amash’s amendment, your voice is now more important than ever.