United States Senate candidate Bart McLeay is taking advantage of Law Day to travel the state and talk about the rights granted Americans by the Constitution.
McLeay, a Republican who practices law in Omaha, accuses the Obama Administration of violating those constitutional rights.
“We’ve seen our government through the IRS target political groups. We’ve seen the Department of Justice wiretap the Associated Press. We’ve seen the NSA sweep up millions upon millions of records of innocent Americans. We’ve seen the EPA conduct flyovers of our farmers and ranchers without justification,” McLeay tells Nebraska Radio Network. “These are invasions of our constitutional and legal rights.”
McLeay says those rights granted by the Constitution not only protect Americans, they promote a healthy economy. That makes it even more important to reflect on the Constitution.
“We probably could let it slip and not think about it very often when the country is doing well and our free-market enterprise system is working,” McLeay says. “But, now when it’s not, when the free-market isn’t working and we have government encroachment of all aspects of our lives we’ve got to return to that founding document and take a look at it again, remind ourselves how this country became great and do our best to return to that.”
McLeay says the rights granted by the Constitution are integral to the overall health of the economy.
“Because, I think our federal government has so smothered business enterprise and capitalism that we’re not able to get out of the economic crisis we find ourselves in,” McLeay says.
McLeay says the 10th Amendment should limit the federal government’s power and concede more authority to the individual states.
McLeay is one of four major candidates in the Republican primary for United States Senate. Midland University President Ben Sasse, former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, and Pinnacle Bancorp President Sid Dinsdale are also running to succeed Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican who is returning from public office.