The Patriot Act Strikes Back - Again and again and again....
A Rerun Again?
Have you ever sat down to watch your favorite tv show, hoping that it was going to be a new episode, only to find that they're playing a rerun? That's about what I feel like right now. Annoyed, frustrated and let down. How is it, that yet again, our government is bound and determined to extend the Patriot Act?
It is well known that the Patriot Act enables our government to spy on it's own citizens and all other citizens around the globe. It allows them to requisition data from phone and internet companies, to track gun records, to stop random innocent people from getting on planes, trains, boats or buses. It gives them the power to tap phones, come into homes and hold a person in prison without the right to Habeus Corpus - meaning they can be held without reason or proof of a crime and they can be held indefinitely. A person can even be whisked away out of the country and held in a foreign jail.
The Patriot Act also allows for our government to essentially torture anyone, anywhere in any country. And it for even more international occupations, as well as indefinite amounts of military spending.
There is so much more in the menacing act, but isn't what I've already listed, bad enough?
To add one more tree to the fire, there is no proof that any of the "benefits" supposedly granted by the Patriot Act, are actually benefiting anyone - whether through security or otherwise.
A Word From My Favorite Founder
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Why would they want to extend the Patriot Act?
Aside from the obvious fact that the government vary much enjoys the ability to spy on anyone anywhere for any reason, they are doing their best to lie the worst - with other reasons for extending the Patriot Act.
This years excuses:
1. The FBI won't be able to react at a moments notice if they hear of a new terrorist on the horizon... meaning: no more roving wiretaps, illegal wiretaps on innocent people and no illegal search and seizures (especially of items such as lists of customers buying from a business)...
2. No secret and illegal "gag orders" to stop whistle blowers from alerting everyone of what they are really doing with the patriot act...
3. America is still in some sort of invisible peril, even from those with no connections to terrorism...
They are so concerned that the government will lose it's ability to spy on anyone anywhere, that they are making it seem like our country might slight into the ocean and become the next Lemuria or Atlantas if they don't extend these provisions for the next four years.
Why can't they ram it through yet?
It appears there are a few politicians out there, who still believe in the constitution, the 4th amendment and everyone's right to be free from totalitarian rule.
Senators Rand Paul, Tom Udall, Jon Tester, Patrick Leahy, Ron Wyden, Max Baucus, Dean Heller, Bernard Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Bingaman, Maria Cantwell, Mike Lee, Jeanne Shaheen and Mark Begich. These are the only senators standing against the Patriot Act extension, and though they are touting various different reasons, they all agree that the time has come for the constitution to rule again - not terror.
Most of these senators don't even disagree to passing the patriot act, but they do disagree with allowing the patriot act to continue to poo-poo on the constitution through overriding the 1st amendment, 2nd amendment, 4th amendment and judiciary process. These senators have put their foot down that it's time to debate the issues in the patriot act that step on American liberties. (Yay!)
Senator Rand Paul has done the most so far to halt Harry Reid and other reps from blocking debates and forcing through the extension. Rand Paul, though very much out-numbered, has been doing everything in his power to hold up Harry Reid from cramming through the bill without debating it's constitutionality.
Apples and near by trees...
It is fairly clear that the young Senator Rand Paul has not fallen far from the tree. His father Ron Paul is well known for his charismatic verbal attributes and robust knowledge of American History. It appears Rand has decided to back up his father by using logic, reason and just notions to fight the good fight. Of course, he is using the one form of arsenal that congressmen and women like Reid just can't fight against - the right thing to do.
Harry Reid's best reason for condemning Rand Paul and his crazy fantasy of debating the constitutionality of the Patriot Act, is to say he's a terrorist-lover? Come on Reid! Is there no better insult you can think to come up with? It would have at least been more interesting if he'd just said "your mom" and flipped Rand the bird.
It's time to grow up and put on some big boy undies Senator Reid. Though they are small in numbers, there are enough senators and representatives now, to slow down the force-push process, at least enough to alert American's of what is going on. In truth, that is really all they need to do, since American's all over will start to flood every senate office, email, phone line and webpage until justice is found. They did this last time they tried to make the Patriot Act permanent, which put a serious dent in the politicians ability to continue pushing. And though they didn't debate the issue then as they said they would, they were at least forced to put the patriot act on the back burner and were not allowed to force pass it.
I have a feeling, that even if Reid manages to get past Rand Paul and his little rascals, they'll have a hell of a time passing it through the house of reps. Even if there weren't Ron Paul and his posse in there to contend with, Rand Paul has done a good job and insuring the people are well aware of what is going on. He's even used handy charts and simple explanations so that everyone can understand.
Patriot Act now, Patriot Act forever...
Truthfully, if the constitutionality of the Patriot Act is not debated now, and proper changes are not made, will they ever be made? Or will the Patriot Act continue to be extended until they can figure out how to make it permanent?
Don't let George Orwell's vision come true. Only YOU can prevent totalitarianism.
What can you do to stop the Patriot Act?
Don't believe for one moment that you can't do anything to stop the Patriot Act in it's fast tracks. Every voice counts, even the smallest.
Stand up for YOUR freedom, for Liberty in America and for all that is good in the world.
Call your Senator and every other senator who are voting for the Patriot Act and demand that they publicly debate the constitutionality of it and that they shut the Patriot Act down.
Email them, send them letters, visit their websites and clog them up with your words. Make it so that they can't ignore you. Then get online - tweet, blog, create content, write notes and spread the word. Tell your friends, your family and your neighbors that they can help too.
Then when you've decided to take a break from that, don't forget to send word of thanks and support to those senators and reps who are already standing up for your rights and freedom. It's no easy feat to do what they are doing, and I can't imagine it to be easy.