Friday, November 18, 2005

No Unreasonable Search And Seizure? Keep Flapping Your Gums, Commie

Only member of world's most overrated deliberative body with any credibility on the issue is preparing for a sustained fight against the Patriot Act:
"This is worth the fight," Senator Russell D. Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat who serves on the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview.

"I've cleared my schedule right up to Thanksgiving," Mr. Feingold said, adding that he was making plans to read aloud from the Bill of Rights as part of a filibuster if necessary. [emphasis mine]
Odds that a GOP legislator blurts out that Feingold's speech gives aid and comfort to the enemy before a staffer informs him that the senator is reading from the US Constitution: 7:1

(Thoughts, Tom? Are Patriot-sanctioned searches of library records non-frivolous infringements on privacy? A dozen other rights-violating provisions of the Patriot Act?)


At 11:10 AM, Blogger bepsy said...

I personally feel there should be no fight against the Patriot Act. It has helped our country. It's not an infringment on our privacy, because if we have nothing to hide, then who cares? I can see, however, why the Democrats aren't fond of was a good idea brought forth by the Republicans.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Finnegan said...

"If we have nothing to hide, then who cares?" So you're okay with the FBI monitoring your phone calls, financial transactions, and library activities, forcing your bank to turn over your credit history while making it illegal for them to inform you of having done so?

You are, furthermore, okay with all of this even when the FBI faces no requirement of having to show probable cause to obtain sanction to do so in the first place?

Who cares why the Democrats don't like it---are you really happy to let the government curtail your own liberty?

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Let "A" be a bad idea.

Now for the argument:

"Thoughts, Tom? You want to let legislatures do A? You do? But, we both agree, A is bad!"

Suggestions for possible A's:

A = A protectionist trade agenda.

A = A minimum wage.

A = People not permitted to do fun drugs.

A = Speed limit 55 instead of 75.

A = Post office not open late enough.

A = Roads outside my house not repaved often enough.

Now, certainly we can argue over whether these A’s are really bad (and I suppose the question of who has the last word is really the issue here), but if Dan and I both agree that (say) the post office should be open later, why not put it into the Constitution?

Dan thinks that I would have us constitutionally protect nothing—I think it’s time for him to explain why we shouldn’t constitutionally protect everything.


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