May 26, 2015—Those who supported Barack Obama for President in 2007 for his outspoken views against the Patriot Act have one last chance to redeem themselves. They must turn their backs on Obama the way he did them and support expiring key sections of the Patriot Act before this Sunday, May 31st, comes to an end.
It won’t take any extra effort than the cheering did nearly a decade ago. Just thank the junior Republican Senator of Kentucky, Rand Paul. And encourage your Senator to vote against the USA Freedom Act and allow the bulk collection powers of the Patriot Act to end.
Today’s President Obama has made quite the transformation, or maybe it’s just him evolving on the issue. Obama tried to reframe the debate ahead of the Patriot Act’s partial expiration, saying, “Keep in mind that the most controversial provision in there, which had to do with the gathering of telephone exchanges in a single government database — that has been reformed in the USA Freedom Act. But you have a whole range of authorities that are also embodied in the Patriot Act that are non-controversial, that everybody agrees are necessary to keep us safe and secure. Those also are at risk of lapsing.”
That’s not the inspiring Obama we know and love, right? Remember how he talked before he was president?
To be sure, plenty of Obama’s supporters have already redeemed themselves or apologized for their part in raising his profile as a civil liberties champion. But there are some who have yet to right their wrong. This is their last chance. And seeing as the momentum is on Paul’s side, the bandwagon could get much more crowded come June 1st.
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