Saturday, December 17, 2005

The Patriot Act

The Patriot Act. If there is a piece of legislation more in need of checks and balances I'll eat my hat. I'm glad the Democrats fillibustered this. It would be a shame if they allowed themselves to be bullied into passing this dangerous and civil-liberty infringing law without scrutiny.

They should rename this the "Big Brother is Watching You Act." Benajmin Franklin said it best:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Let's all remember that Bush is the one calling for the renewal under the basis that America is more secure because of it. Remember the Former 9/11 commision's report card from a couple of weeks ago? If the Patriot Act led to failing grades in 9/11 style attacks a few weeks ago, why is it so important now? Why isn't the congress debating legislation that would actually fix the problems in National Security outlined in their report? This just seems like another political ploy to distract from the real problem because no one actually wants to fix it.

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