All American citizens have basic Constitutional rights that cannot be violated. Unfortunately, we have seen our federal government creep further and further into our lives, and our rights are being compromised as a result.
The Second Amendment is constantly under attack across the nation by well-funded liberal groups. In the Maine Senate, I have been a leader in protecting Mainers’ Second Amendment rights. During my first term I sponsored Constitutional Carry legislation. As a result, law-abiding Mainers no longer need a permission slip from government to carry a concealed firearm.
Our Congress recently reauthorized FISA without protections for Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights. Warrantless spying on innocent American citizens is simply wrong. As a United States Senator, I will work to ensure that we have privacy rights built into policies such as FISA. We must defend our nation, but we cannot relinquish our rights to do so.
And, the Attorney General has recently taken us down a dangerous path on the rights established for states in the Tenth Amendment. I believe that when it comes to matters like cannabis policy, the federal government needs to step out of the way and let states make their own choices. States’ rights are a cornerstone of our nation’s founding, and the more power the federal government takes from the states, the further power moves away from the people and where it really belongs.
In the United States Senate, I will stand up for each and every one of our rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. Our liberty is too precious to be taken for granted, and I will defend it at every turn.