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U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek speaks out against vague language in legislation
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/15/2012 | Rep. Dan Benishek

Posted on 07/17/2012 10:28:41 AM PDT by MichCapCon

Imagine government without responsibility toward its citizens — let me give you a hint, it looks a lot like Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime.

America is blessed with a Constitution that protects Americans so they are not afraid that each new leader will turn the country into a fascist nation. No matter how much anyone disagrees with a president's policies, we can take solace in the protections of the Constitution.

The Constitution's authority is supreme and every piece of legislation must fit within the Constitution's limits.

This is why I, along with many constituents of Michigan's 1st District were so worried about the latest National Defense Authorization Act, better known as NDAA. The NDAA is what protects us from terrorist and funds our military. It is essential to keeping America safe.

The language of the NDAA was unclear and many worried that it gave the president the right to detain American citizens without due process. As a Constitutional conservative I could not sleep well at night knowing there was ambiguous legislation out there that could, if used improperly, allow the president to thwart the Constitution.

That is why when it came to a vote I supported an amendment by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, which clarified that the president lacks the ability to unlawfully detain Americans without due process. These rights are guaranteed in Article III of our Constitution, but I wanted to make sure that no American had to worry or fear for their rights.

I am not a politician, I am doctor. I care about my neighbors, friends and fellow Michiganders and that is why I will always vote to protect our liberties.

America is the greatest country in the world and this vote was my way of defending everything that makes us great. I refuse to even entertain the possibility that America becomes the next Syria due to vague language in legislation. Our rights are guaranteed and I plan to keep it that way.

Dr. Dan Benishek is a Republican from Crystal Falls and the Congressman for Michigan's 1st District. He serves on the Committee on Natural Resources and Veteran Affairs.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: congress; ndaa

1 posted on 07/17/2012 10:28:47 AM PDT by MichCapCon
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To: ForGod'sSake
Regarding @ your comment on corporatism...check this out.

America is blessed with a Constitution that protects Americans so they are not afraid that each new leader will turn the country into a fascist nation.

2 posted on 07/17/2012 12:24:24 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
America is blessed with a Constitution that protects Americans so they are not afraid that each new leader will turn the country into a fascist nation.

I'm sure the good doctor is aware our Constitution is just so much parchment. It can't defend itself, or us for that matter. It did give us AND the states the wherewithal to defend it and ourselves so long as we were an informed electorate and vigilant citizenry.

3 posted on 07/17/2012 1:24:34 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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