Gut Rumbles

April 16, 2003

possible good news

I do not trust my government. I cannot think of a single law ever passed at the federal level that government or its minions didn't eventually find a way to abuse. The Rico statutes are a perfect example of this fact. The Endangered Species Act is another. That's why The Patriot Act sends shivers down my spine.

I don't want my government to have the kind of power this act gives them. Government cannot handle it.

But help may be on the way.

The Bush administration's plans to expand a post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism law face resistance from a powerful House Republican who says he's not even sure he wants the government to keep its new powers.

James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, complains that the Justice Department isn't sharing enough information for lawmakers to make a judgment on how well or poorly the USA Patriot Act is working.

You GO, James! I totally disagree with the Bush stance on this issue and I blame a lot of lazy-assed, pandering politicians for voting for it in the first place without knowing what it was after 9/11. Now the cowardly dipshits don't have the stones to admit that they were wrong.

The Democrats who oppose the act are just being their typical anti-Bush selves, but for once they have me on their side. This is a bad law.

Kill it.


I agree. It's far too wide reaching. I'm not opposed to the creation of the Homeland Security dept. (was that part of the Patriot Act or separate? I don't remember) as long as a) its powers are very much checked, and b) its only real function is to oversee and organize countermeasures to outside threats; that is, to make sure the INS, Customs, Coast Guard, FBI, CIA, whatever, are cooperating. Of course, that could be done by Senate committee, and since we already pay the Senators we could save the expense of a whole new department, but why should we expect THEM to do any actual work?

OK, so maybe I don't think Dept of H.S. (high school?) OR the Patriot Act is a good idea. I ramble sometimes. That got off subject.
I'm a ramblin guyyyyy.......

Posted by: Pat on April 16, 2003 08:06 PM
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