Liberty / Public Safety & Homeland Security
Another tragic consequence of being in a state of perpetual warfare around the world is that our fundamental liberties are being put in jeopardy. The right of privacy, in particular, is being steadily eroded by our own government in the name of national security. Enormous volumes of private conversations and other data are being collected and stored by the government "just in case." Well that's not a sufficient excuse to invade our privacy and shouldn't be tolerated.
There should be a proper balance between national security and our fundamental rights. At the moment, however, the equilibrium between these two interests is way off-balance. If we continue to let the government erode our fundamental freedoms eventually we won't have any freedoms left.
The only way to stop this process of "creeping authoritarianism" is to vigilantly protect our liberties and make sure the government knows that over-reaching by government actors will not be tolerated. Otherwise, if left unchecked, our government will continue to abuse its power.
Actually, it's in the best interest of the government to engage citizens in a dialogue about these issues. This would not only build trust, but also make citizens more willing to cooperate with the government to combat real national security threats when they arise.
Actions taken by Congress and signed into law by Presidents G. W. Bush and Obama, such as the Patriot Act, the Patriot Act II, and the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), take away too many rights from average Americans in order to address the actions of a relatively small number of extremists around the world. As a country, we need to have an inclusive dialogue to build trust and arrive at a rough consensus as to how we can protect our nation's security while preserving our most cherished freedoms.
My opponent, Mimi Walters, supported YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts (Accountability in Contracting Act; Bill H R 1362). Walters supported YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill (Bill introduced by Lewis, R-CA; Bill HR 2561). She is not fighting for WE the People. She is fighting for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class Military Industrial Complex campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!
Walters’ Voting/Support Record:
- YES on Patriot Act restricting no-bid defense contracts (Accountability in Contracting Act; Bill H R 1362)
- YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill (Bill introduced by Lewis, R-CA; Bill HR 2561)
- NOT standing up for WE the People
Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:
- Government out of our private lives
- Amend NDAA & Patriot Act by stripping away government’s overreach into our private lives and never allow them to become permanent
- Cut unnecessary waste in our military hardware spending
- Restrict no-bid defense contracts
- Standing up for WE the People
- Not for sale