July 31, 2005

Patriot Act Renewed

I haven't written about political stuff in a while. I think I have grown more apathetic on the whole issue. But I am glad that one of my representatives, Zoe Lofgren, voted against renewal of the Patriot Act. In my opinion, the Patriot Act is one of the worst bills to pass through the legislature in all of U.S. history. And the popular media does nothing to educate the public on how we are moving closer towards an Orwellian state.

Posted by josuah at July 31, 2005 8:53 PM UTC+00:00

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Author Profile Pagedrivenice says at August 1, 2005 10:20 PM

How do you feel about this?


Would you say that "shameful delaying tactics" were not in the interest of the USA because the position was vacant for too long already. Wouldn't that state hamper ability to contribute to the UN?

Author Profile PageJosuah says at August 1, 2005 10:50 PM

Yes, I can understand why an extended vacancy would not be in the best interests of the United States because it prevents the U.S. from exerting its influence in the UN.

However, the whole point of checks and balances is to prevent any one branch of the government from having too much say in how the country is run and how public policy is governed. The Senate was not delaying for the sake of delaying or to harm U.S. interests, but because they do not approve of Bolton for the position. The delays were as much a function of trying to make sure Bolton got the position as trying to make sure he didn't. Forcing a vote would have led to a rejection of his appointment.

By moving forward without the approval of the citizens' represenatives, Bush makes clear to me that he cares more about his own administration's agenda than that of the people. But prior moves such as the declaration of war without Legislative approval were already indicative of this.

Author Profile Pagedrivenice says at August 4, 2005 6:41 PM

"Forcing a vote would have led to a rejection of his appointment."
That's an interesting fact. Well, I guess the American people can hold out for a few more years. At that time, I'm curious as to how many Bush related officials will leave office with him.

Author Profile PageJosuah says at August 5, 2005 1:41 AM

Well, many people in the current administration are ones that have been around for a while. In some cases, their influence was balanced out by the Clinton administration. What was interesting to me was the number of people that left the Bush administration once he was re-elected.

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