Our two party system has become absolutely nothing more than a farce foisted on the American people to distract them while their civil liberties are taken away.Â There is one party,Â and itsÂ interests include only increasing the power of government and the special interests that funnel money into it.Â Beyond that there are only outliers, some few congressmen willing to fight the encroaching American police state.Â For the most part they are ostracized both by their peers and the media.
This appropriately titled blog post on Reason.com brought to light for me what I believe is a glimpse into the future of our government (not to mention its recent past).Â Harry Reid, rather than suffer any more debate over the reaffirmation of the PATRIOT act, decided to stuff it in its entirety into a budget bill that evidently (for opaque procedural reasons of some kind) has no chance of not being passed.Â Wasn’t the Democrat party opposed to this civil-liberty destroying overreach of the Bush administration?Â Evidently not.Â The government needs “the tools” with which to fight “terrorism”, they say.Â There areÂ still a couple angry people in caves in Pakistan who want to kill us — clearly that should be reason enough to shut down commercial air transportation to the state of Texas, for example, if the federal government feels like it.
It seems congress is getting more and more “procedural”.Â It turns out the democratic process, which we enforce upon other countries with bombs and decade-long occupations, is a pesky inhibitor of the truly ambitious statist.Â With the executive branch andÂ its attending bureaucrats being handed ever more powers, and congress seemingly turning into more of a procedural rubber stamp than a house of democratic debate, I think it’s fair to say the troubles for our country will only increase.Â Hopefully enough Americans will wake up to this fact in time.
UPDATE:Â From Harry Reid:
“When the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, we will be giving terrorists the opportunity to plot against our country undetected,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Now, the Senator from Kentucky is threatening to take away the best tools we have for stopping them.”
That’s right.Â Rand Paul is aiding the terrorists.Â We’ve already approved the assassination of American citizens who are “aiding the enemy”.Â Why not put senator Paul on the list?Â Looks like he’s going to be a real thorn in the side of the government for a long time to come, why not deal with the “threat” now?Â As some “official” statedÂ for the New York Times:
The United States works, exactly as the American people expect, to overcome threats to their security, and this individual â€” through his own actions â€” has become one.Â [Fill in the blank -Â in this case he was talking about Anwar al-Awlaki]Â knows what heâ€™s done, and he knows he wonâ€™t be met with handshakes and flowers. None of this should surprise anyone.
Reid’s statement is a bold one — “taking away the tools to fight terrorism” and “giving terrorists the opportunity to plot against our country undetected”, as if that were Rand Paul’s intent, seems tantamount to treason, doesn’t it?Â So now we’re an America where attempting to safeguard civil liberties is equated with giving aid and comfort to the enemy (the definition of treason).Â Frightening.
Harry Reid has indeed succeeded in his objective of scaring me.Â But not in the way that he intended to.