Friday, December 16, 2005

The "Patriot Act" dies. Good Riddance to bad rubbish.

Some good news is reported from the AP. The Patriot Act is going to sunset.

Senate rejects extension of Patriot Act
12/16/2005, 1:50 p.m. ET
By JESSE J. HOLLAND
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Friday refused to reauthorize major portions of the USA Patriot Act after critics complained they infringed too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

In a crucial vote early Friday, the bill's Senate supporters were not able to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47.


Now while most of the democrats' votes outside of Russ Feingold (The ONLY Senator to oppose this the first time) were for strictly partisan reasons, kudos to most of them for doing the right thing this time, five years too late. Same goes for Larry Craig who as a board member of the NRA, should know better about giving up freedoms for perceived security. This mess created by President Bush, Mr. Daschle, Mr. Ashcroft, and 98 other senators. Was all of the Patriot Act? No, but the provisions for sneak and peak, judge shopping, and requiring to prove your innocence ("Affirmative Defense") for asset forfeitures is unacceptable.

The Patriot Act's ugly head will likely make a return, probably under a new name. The Patriot Act itself was not the first incarnation of that horrible act. Bill Clinton, Janet Reno, Orrin Hatch, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Biden, Mike DeWine, Kit Bond, Harry Reid, Herb Kohl, and former Congressman Bill McCollum pushed for this back in 2000 (S. 486) under a bipartisan effort to take away our constitutional rights with secret searches. Then, it was in the name of the "War on Drugs" and in Clinton's case, a War on guns and the 2nd Amendment. That's just in Clinton's character as while he was most known for Lewinsky, people forget about his brutal railroading of Billy Dale (found innocent) with trumped up fraud charges in the travel office.

There's plenty of blame to go around here. The individuals who pushed for this in 2000 deserve blame. The 99 senators who voted for it. All but about 30 house representatives who voted for it. John Ashcroft deserves special blame for this, and the buck stops with President Bush who signed it. The worst culprit is John Ashcroft. He spoke against this when Clinton was president, but when he was AG, he pushed for it.

This is not new, and I expect future presidents to push for a comeback of these Patriot Act type provisions for their pet cause. This will be around long after Bush leaves office.

For all those people who say we need to give up our constitutional rights in the name of the "War on Terror", "War on Drugs", "Public Health", "Public Safety", or any other excuse, I give this quote by Ben Franklin.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty, nor safety"

Good riddance to the Patriot Act.

7 comments:

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Anonymous said...

What's Mike Roger's take on the Patriot Act? I am tired of Repubicans who give away all our rights! What is our alternative?

Republican Michigander said...

Mike and I agree to disagree on the Patriot Act. He knows where I stand on it, and gave me his reason for supporting it 01/02. He has a law enforcement mentality on this, which isn't surprising due to his FBI days. I look at it from a gun owners' perspective remember the days of Janet Reno, and how President Bush kept a lot of Clinton's people in government.

Both parties have a lot to improve when it comes to our rights. Both parties gave us the Patriot Act. The last two presidents pushed for it. The democrats are strongly anti-2nd amendment. Both support censorship. Democrats and McCain gave us these poor campaign finance laws.

In Mike's defense, he's been good outside of being a hardliner on law and order issues. I think think of much worse. Dianne Feinstein and John McCain are the two worst I think of.

Anonymous said...

AS A 26 YEAR OLD "BOY" TRYING TO FUNCTION IN A MAN'S WORLD, I SUGGEST YOU FIRST LEARN HOW TO PEE STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TALKING POLITICS. JUST AS THE BUSHIES ARE FOLLOWERS OF A BORN LIAR/LOSER, CHARLES MANSON HAS HIS GROUPIES ALSO, AS DOES HITLER. DREAM ON, "BOY".

Comnservativethinkr said...

I'm not so unhappy with the Patriot Act. I see no rights given away to those with nothing to hide. consider we are at war - i have no issue with anyone listening to my conversations. To the 26 year old anonymous boy - try facts isstead of "name calling" and the debate can start.

Republican Michigander said...

I see anonymonous has much to add here. I thought about deleting this, but decided to leave it up as it shows the "best" of what we're up against.