Four Texas Congressmen Stand on Principle to Oppose CISPA

Yesterday (18 April 2013) HR624 – CISPA – passed 288 to 127. All but four members of the Texas delegation voted for the bill. 

Despite intense pressure from fellow House Republicans, four courageous Texans opposed CISPA, an egregious infringement of our First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. This morning I honor the “Fab Four”. Roll call vote: Nays

Hon. Ralph M. Hall
Hon. Ralph M. Hall Texas CD-4
Honorable Louie Gohmert Texas CD-1
Hon. Louie Gohmert
Texas CD-1
Hon. Kenny Marchant Texas CD-24
Hon. Kenny Marchant
Texas CD-24
Hon. Steve Stockman Texas CD-36
Hon. Steve Stockman
Texas CD-36

The bill passed the House and will probably pass in the Senate, but President Obama has already threatened to veto it. It is a rare thing for me to agree with Obama, but in this case it is the right thing to do.

CISPA Infringes on Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedoms
CISPA Infringes on Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedoms

Red State’s Neil Stevens’ endorsement astonished me, because I expected any conservative blogger to “look under the hood”, to investigate the facts. Instead, all Mr. Stevens relied on “myth buster” talking points from the Intelligence Committee. I read them and I focused on simple arguments the young man from the Intelligence Committee could not or would not answer.

House Republicans, ever ready to compromise principles, should have opposed this egregious assault on liberty from the very beginning. The majority elected to “put lipstick on a pig” and pass a bill that essentially unbridled major corporations like Facebook and Google to disclose private information with impunity – the bill explicitly prevents lawsuits in federal courts, an infringement on our First Amendment right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances“.

Our next battle for liberty will be in the Senate. I urge you to contact your two U.S. Senators. Tell them to OPPOSE CISPA, whatever amendments Republican Senators bring forth.

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, Statesman, diplomat, inventor

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