To protect the Constitution of the United States:
CLINTON WON'T COMMIT TO RENEW CONSTITUTION... Illinois Senator Barack Obama has finally signed the American Freedom Pledge, joining his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in encouraging the restoration of basic Constitutional principles after the battering they have taken during the Bush-Cheney era.
All the Democrats, that is, except New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
The effort to get presidential contenders to sign on the American Freedom Pledge has been promoted by organizations ranging from the Center for Constitutional Rights to Human Rights Watch, MoveOn.org , Amnesty International USA, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign to Defend the Constitution, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and True Majority.
The pledge is anything but radical. It simply asks candidates to affirm a statement that reads: "We are Americans, and in our America we do not torture, we do not imprison people without charge or legal remedy, we do not tap people's phones and emails without a court order, and above all we do not give any President unchecked power. I pledge to fight to protect and defend the Constitution from attack by any President."
We need to demand truth from the candidates. If we don't get it from her now, won't she just be another Bush? I am sure there are a host of cute ,little, political reasons not to sign it. What I am asking you to do is read the constitution and see what has happened in the last 7 years.
The constitution is in place to RESTRAIN the federal government and protect you and me. It's purpose is not to protect government. It is not in place to protect the president of the United States. It is in place to protect US from the president of the United States.