Friday, May 20, 2011

Oh look....both sides can agree on legislation after all!

When it concerns the expansion and consolidation of state power. Note the bold portion:
Top congressional leaders agreed Thursday to a four-year extension of the anti-terrorist Patriot Act, the controversial law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks that governs the search for terrorists on American soil.
The deal between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner calls for a vote before May 27, when parts of the current act expire. The idea is to pass the extension with as little debate as possible to avoid a protracted and familiar argument over the expanded power the law gives to the government.

From its inception, the law's increased surveillance powers have been criticized by liberals and conservatives alike as infringements on free speech rights and protections against unwarranted searches and seizures.
God forbid we have a debate on such intrusive legislation.


  1. So...are both liberals and conservatives subservient to the congressional leadership? If so, we are truly screwed!

  2. I have heard it all discribed as a puppet show.

    The puppet on the right is of baleful aspect, takes delight in doing dispicable things.
    The other is of more pleasing appearance, apologises for the same dispicable acts. Most of us like the apologetic one, support it.

    The back curtain falls away, and there's one puppeteer making them both jump about. But you shouldn't be gauche enough to mention it.

    The "Old Republic", for what it was worth, is gone for good.

    How long before "we" start finding out that the Taliban, al Qaeda, et al, while dangerous, aren't nearly as bad as the "terrorists" and obstructionists among us?
    You know, "militia" members, bar room big mouths, the guy at the barbershop or lunch room who asks questions and remembers the good ol' days too loudly and publicly expresses his disgust...


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