How "Patriotic" is the Patriot Act?
The Patriot Act is under attack again, and this time it isn’t just from spineless liberals and America-hating leftists. Members of the American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the ACLU, and the Free Congress Foundation have formed a coalition to fight certain provisions of the Patriot Act.
The new group — Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances — will be lobbying Congress to repeal the infamous “sneak and peek” searches conducted without the property owner’s knowledge. They want to reduce prosecutors’ newfound ability to obtain people’s records from businesses and libraries (without that person‘s knowledge). And they want to modify the overly broad definition of “terrorist,” which presently includes just about anyone the government doesn’t like.
Before you dismiss this as just another bunch of tree huggers and wusses: members include Bob Barr (one of the ringleaders of the Clinton impeachment) and Grover Norquist. You can find out more about the group here.
In the past few years Republicans have been contradicting more and more of their slogans and platitudes, but with the Terri Schiavo case they’ve completely become everything they hate. Republicans have always spoken out against:
Big Government meddling in people‘s lives;
states’ rights and local autonomy being overridden by the federal government;
On top of all that, Bush and his Harem (formerly known as Congress) are now using the tactics of Moslem fundamentalists and theocrats.
In medieval Moslem societies, if the government thought a private family tragedy had certain religious significance, they’d publicize the issue for a long period, totally humiliate everyone involved, and then bring down the full force of the government. Sound familiar?
This longtime tradition had pretty much died out until Moslem fundamentalists revived it in the 1970s. Boy George has had some strange bedfellows, but Moslem fundamentalists are the strangest yet.