Giving Up Freedom For An Illusion Of Security Is Unwise

Frequently when I'm out campaigning, people ask me why I'm running against an incumbent. It's a simple answer: I'm tired of being disappointed by candidates who say they are conservative but when I look at their voting record, it communicates a very different message.

For instance, Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." The incumbent in this race voted to extend the FISA surveillance put into place after 9/11 when government decisions were made by the emotion of the day rather than taking constitutional concerns into account. To summarily presume guilt and throw a net over all Americans' data is anti-constitutional.

I believe in probable cause, that it must exist BEFORE any data are retrieved. In the present system, probable cause is found AFTER data are collected and the incumbent is okay with that! 

Ben Franklin was right. Giving up freedom for a modicum of security, an illusion of security, is unwise at best. This lack of wisdom, lack of foresight is one of the reasons I'm running.

~ Mary Burkett