Chuck Baldwin: The White House Has No Credibility

Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party’s 2008 presidential candidate

The White House Has No Credibility

By Chuck Baldwin
June 20, 2013

Even The New York Times Knows It

Holy Cow, Martha! Will miracles never cease? Chuck Baldwin and the New York Times editorial board actually agree. Are we in the Twilight Zone? Is it Freaky Friday? Is the Times editorial board reading my columns and seeing the light or am I watching CNN and MSNBC too much? I know I don’t watch those two propaganda outlets too much, and I doubt the Times editorial board pays too much attention to what I write, so what is going on?

On June 6, the editorial board of the New York Times posted a column that yours truly could have written. The column was entitled “President Obama’s Dragnet.” The editorial begins:

“Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.

“Those reassurances have never been persuasive–whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism–especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability.

“The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.”

The editorial goes on to say, “Essentially, the administration is saying that without any individual suspicion of wrongdoing, the government is allowed to know whom Americans are calling every time they make a phone call, for how long they talk and from where.

“This sort of tracking can reveal a lot of personal and intimate information about an individual. To causally permit this surveillance–with the American public having no idea that the executive branch is now exercising this power–fundamentally shifts power between the individual and the state, and it repudiates constitutional principles governing search, seizure and privacy.”

The Times editorial concludes by saying, “On Thursday, representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, who introduced the Patriot Act in 2001, said that the National Security Agency overstepped its bounds by obtaining a secret order to collect phone log records from millions of Americans.

“‘As the author of the Patriot Act, I am extremely troubled by the F.B.I.’s interpretation of this legislation,’ he said in a statement. ‘While I believe the Patriot Act appropriately balanced national security concerns and civil rights, I have always worried about potential abuses.’ He added: ‘Seizing phone records of millions of innocent people is excessive and un-American.’

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6 thoughts on “Chuck Baldwin: The White House Has No Credibility

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    I continue to like Chuck Baldwin, although I wouldn’t go near the Constitution Party ever, after what I’ve learned about it here the last few months. I certainly can’t see the Republicans selecting him as their candidate, though. Those immoral fools have actually floated Condileeza Rice’s name as a potentional candidate. That woman should be in prison instead of the White House.

  2. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    @2 Jill

    I like Chuck as well, and would have voted for him in 2008 had I been elgible. Agree with you about the CP, I’ve just about lost all my sympathy for them. Strongly agree that Condi along with the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld etc gang should be behind bars.

  3. NewFederalist

    Baldwin might have a chance for the GOP nomination since the incumbent Democrat, Max Baucus, is probably unbeatable.

  4. David

    I look at Baldwin as a carpetbagger, just like Hillery was. He should stay out of politics.

  5. paulie

    That woman should be in prison instead of the White House.

    True of most of the frontrunners with experience in office…

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