I have followed your campaign for president with great interest since last year. I was proud to vote for you in the South Carolina state primaries. I have until yesterday felt that you were a true catalyst of change and easily the best thing that has ever happened to this country.
However, your decision to vote yes on the FISA bill that passed the house late last week is going to end up being a deal breaker for me. I realize you will work to get the immunity provisions removed, but failing that you've indicated that you will still vote yes for the unmodified bill.
Out of all the terrible things the Bush administration has done over the past 8 years, implementing a warrant-less wiretapping system that practically eviscerates our 4th amendment rights is on the top of the list for me. The ten amendments that form the Bill of Rights form the very bedrock this country was founded on. It may be impractical to stand by these core rights on both a political and personal level, but it is the only choice there can be if you truly do love America.
I understand your political reasoning for wanting to push this bill. I understand McCain, his Rovian team and their groups of 527s are going to come at you with everything on the National Security front. However they've already tried to indict you regarding your lack of support for the Quixote-like crusade in Iraq and they have failed. They have failed because you stood fast and affirmed the truth in the face of their lies.
I urge you to reconsider your support for this bill. Regardless of whether or not it actually passes, a no vote from you would be most appreciated. Please do not subject us to the political pandering that has become so commonplace over the last few decades. The American people deserve better and a great deal of your support base is only there because we truly did believe you were going to provide that to us.
Voting yes on this bill will destroy that.
Thank you for your time,