It should come as no surprise that I am against the Patriot Act. First, I’d like to note that it is very poorly named. Patriot is defined as “One who loves, supports, and defends one’s country.” The Patriot Act does not love the country — certainly isn’t supporting it — and does not defend America against her enemies.
I don’t think it is the government’s business what books I buy at Barnes and Noble. I don’t think they should be able to get a list of the books I’ve read at my local library. And, I’d like to note that I have deliberately taken questionable books out of the library just to see if our government is paying attention — it isn’t. No call from the FBI, no investigation, well, none that I know about and that’s another thing… Since when can the government search without notifying. Where in the constitution is that part written? Hmmm?
I really question those people who support the Patriot Act. On occasions, they are the same people who don’t support equal rights and who complain that the constitution isn’t being followed. In recent history, our rights have never been so amended as when — in a moment of panic and fear — Congress passed the Patriot Act.
And, now, it is up for renewal and 6 Senators are standing up for our rights as citizens: Feingold, D-WI; Craig, R-Idaho; Durbin, D-Ill.; Sununu, R-N.H.; Salazar, D-Colo.; and Murkowski, R-Alaska.
I believe that Ben Franklin — remember him, one of our founding fathers — said that those who do not protect freedom in the name of security deserve neither. (I’ll get the actual quote for you.)
Read the article, take a look at the Act itself and make up your own mind. When you’re done, contact your Senator and tell him or her just how you feel.
Let’s take back our government.