On a long enough timeline,
the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
The above is the tagline for the blog, Zero Hedge, where I found two articles related to the now infamous National Security Agency (NSA). From the first article, I share this partial quote:
When it comes to the conversion of the US into a totalitarian state, few things are quite as symbolic as the construction of the NSA’s Bluffdale, Utah Data Canter,…
I agree with that sentiment. But, it was the second article the got my blood boiling when I read the following:
Moments ago, an unlikely grouping between a 33-year old Republican, Rep-Justin Amash, and an 84-year old Democrat, Rep-John Conyers, resulted in a House vote, that if passed, would have suspended the NSA’s “indiscriminate collection of phone records” and effectively ended the program’s statutory authority. Yet despite significant lobbying by the White House, security experts and representative on both sides of the aisle, the vote came within a startlingly close 12 votes of passage. A majority of Democrats, 111, voted for Amash’s amendment despite the full court press while 83 Democrats voted no. The GOP vote was 94-134. …
I couldn’t believe what I had just read. The House had a chance to pull the plug on the NSA’s spying on Americans and they fell 12 votes short. 134 Republicans voted against our unalienable rights! More liberal Democrats voted for our unalienable rights than Republicans. I am thoroughly disgusted with those 134 Republicans.
Fox News covered the story this morning.
The defense spending bill passed 315 to 109. The amendment was voted down 217-205 on an issue that created unusual political coalitions in Washington, with libertarian-leaning conservatives and liberal Democrats pressing for the change against the Obama administration, the Republican establishment and Congress’ national security experts.
Republican Congressman Mike Rogers position was”
“Have 12 years gone by and our memories faded so badly that we forgot what happened on Sept. 11?” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the Intelligence committee, said in pleading with his colleagues to back the program during House debate.
And, self proclaimed Tea Party Queen, Michele Bachmann, felt much like Rogers:
“Let us not deal in false narratives. Let’s deal in facts that will keep Americans safe,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a member of the Intelligence committee who implored her colleagues to back a program that she argued was vital in combatting terrorism.
The Fox article reminds us of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent passage of the Patriot Act and that:
Two years ago, in a strong bipartisan statement, the Senate voted 72-23 to renew the Patriot Act and the House backed the extension 250-153.
Folks, in the opinion of this old man, there is absolutely nothing patriotic about the Patriot Act. Let me tell you about the day I learned of the Patriot Act.. In those days, my wife (Venezuelan) and I owned a small restaurant in city in the eastern part of the country. We were getting ready for the lunch hour and I had the TV tuned to the Spanish version of CNN. President George Bush was announcing that the only way to protect our rights was to take some of them away. He was talking about the Patriot Act. My wife was alarmed to find me with tears in my eyes and demanded to know what wae wrong. When I explained what the American President had just said, her first reaction was that was a good thing. It wasn’t easy to explain to someone who didn’t know American history or anything about our constitution and who had no concept of man’s God-given-right to live free why I was so upset. To this humble observer, the Patriot Act was telling al Qaeda and every other two-bit terrorist in the world that America got their message; that America is now officially terrorized. So terrorized that American will be giving up some of their freedoms so that the federal government can do a better job of protecting them. Friends, our Founders knew full well that when choose security over freedom, they will get neither and will deserve neither.
So, because of 134 House Republicans, we missed a golden opportunity to put this whole “national security” issue front and center for a thorough public debate about what our government should and should not be doing. I’m mad! I’m mad as hell!
By the way, if you are interested, the complete platform of the New Federalist Party is now available. This is a new political party that has been started by my friend, Steve Dennis, of American’s Watchtower, and some other patriots. I do not know that a third party is the way to go. But, I do know what we have now is not working!
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?