December 2005


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Maybe we don’t need to Act quite so Patriotic


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Friday refused to reauthorize major portions of the USA Patriot Act after critics complained they infringed too much on Americans’ privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

This debate has been going back-and-forth for some time now, with fervent opinion from both sides. For example:

“The time for Democrats to stop standing in the way has come.” –White House press secretary Scott McClellan.

Funy, here’s what one of the Republican nay-sayers had to say:

“Those that would give up essential liberties in pursuit in a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security,” –Sen. John Sununu, R-New Hampshire

You tell ’em, Johnny!

You can fin a list of the dying provisions here.

One reply to “Maybe we don’t need to Act quite so Patriotic”

  1. Beth Says:

    Ben Franklin said that Sununu quote first, see below … It’s good, isn’t it?

    Here’s some more, feel free to sprinkle liberally on anything :)

    George Washington, Father of the USA
    “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
    Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father
    “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father
    “A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both and deserve neither.”

    “War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.”

    “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
    James Madison, Founding Father
    “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”
    Republican President Teddy Roosevelt
    “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
    Voltaire, one of those …. those…. FRENCH people
    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”