…unless it gets in their way. An article posted to Washington Monthly’s website on February 15 in regards to the extension of the Patriot Act. If you’re unfamiliar with the Patriot Act it’s essentially a gross violation of our rights and freedoms as United States citizens under the guise of national security. It was enacted shortly after 9/11 and has been used to harass, incarcerate, and violate perfectly innocent people’s Constitutional rights.
Anyhow, the Patriot Act was set to expire soon and our friends in the House wanted to extend it through December 8, 2011. Democrats and Republicans alike supported or opposed the action, it was all over the place. At one point, House Democrats made a motion to add the following stipulations to the Patriot Act, they were as follows.
- No Constitutional shortcuts. When investigating American citizens, the government must comply with the Constitution, even in national security investigations.
- Challenging unconstitutional action. If a citizen challenges the government’s use of Patriot Act power in a court of law, the case must be expedited to ensure the individual’s rights are upheld.
Now who could argue with that, I don’t give a rat’s ass if you’re concerned about national security, you don’t violate someone’s Constitutional rights during an investigation for anything.
Well, with the exception of two Republicans, Ron Paul and Walter Jones, not a single one of them voted for this motion. Is it because the Democrats brought it up and the Republicans don’t like anything the Democrats do? Or is it the Republicans really get a high off of the power the Patriot Act gives the government and they don’t want to put an end to that?
While I’m sure there were Democrats that didn’t vote for this, its sad that only two Republicans felt it was necessary to protect our Constitutional rights as US citizens. What’s it gonna be guys? You’re either all for holding up the Constitution in its entirety or you’re not. You can’t support it half-heartedly, and if you can’t support it in its entirety than you have no business being in Congress.
- Patriot Act clears its House speed-bump (washingtonmonthly.com)
- House votes to extend key parts of Patriot Act (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Tea Party Caucus Leader Bachmann Votes for PATRIOT Act (gunnyg.wordpress.com)