Thursday, December 22, 2005

Kicking the Can Down the Road

After 9/11, the Patriot Act was put in place to tear down the walls of miscommunication between the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA. Democrats willingly signed the legislation right after 9/11 with smiles on their faces. But it didn't take long before they ran to the nearest camera to start ripping it to shreds.

For the past four plus years they have been harping about what an abuse of power the Patriot Act is. It has become a favorite liberal buzz word, like Halliburton, in their political attacks on the President and his administration. For four years they put up with it, and not once did anyone introduce legislation to fix it. Everyone knew it was due to expire at the end of this year sending us back to the days of September 10, 2001.

Last week the Democrats successfully filibustered this vital piece of legislation leaving America at risk of dropping its guard on January 1st. Fortunately, the Senate today reached a compromise on the Patriot Act that will extend it for another six months.

I don't understand why Democrats have to be dragged kicking and screaming into protecting America. Why do we have to explain to them the reason for invading Iraq three years after the fact? Why do we have to put up with them blocking legislation designed to protect America? Why do we have to beg them to let us put up a fence to secure our borders? I just don't get it. I can understand if you don't agree with the reasons for some of the things we have to do, but for goodness sakes, can't you take one for the team and be a silent objector? Is it so painful that protecting America makes George W. Bush look good?

These people scare me. They claim that they are only preventing an abuse of power. In fact they are willing to sacrifice the security of America in order to undermine a Republican president and congress so they can regain power. People who stoop to such desperate measures to gain power will stoop to even more desperate measures to retain power once they have it. It is at that time that our freedoms will truly be in jeopardy.

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