The USA PATRIOT Act is anything but patriotic
by Bob Livingston
We are fast approaching an ignominious date in American history. Sunday, Oct. 26, will mark the 13th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act.
The clever wordsmiths in the halls of power gave the act a high-sounding name. But like most laws passed by the psychopaths in the Washington cesspool, the law is the opposite of its name.
Ostensibly designed to combat terrorism — the name is an acronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” — the act was passed quickly and immediately signed into law just over a month after 9/11 and in reality opened the door for a growing government surveillance state and the loss of basic American liberties.
“Patriotism” throughout history has covered a multitude of mischief. We are seeing it now.
It is frightening how simple the American people are and how easily they are manipulated simply because they are intellectually lazy.
Everything that goes wrong in the state with the state whether by design or accident, whether war, depression, inflation, impoverishment or starvation, the bureaucracy and politics take the punishment and hardship out of your hide. The system manipulates your mind to make you believe that you did it, you’re to blame and you’re to pay, when all you have done is furnish the labor, the financial risk and your blood in wars and seen your wealth reserved for your posterity vaporized with fiat paper money.
George W. Bush gets the “blame” for the USA PATRIOT Act. It’s true that he proposed it and signed it into law. However, all but 66 members of the House (62 of them Democrats) and all but one in the Senate (Democrat Russ Feingold) voted for it. It has since been reauthorized three times by broad majorities and was last signed by Barack Obama in 2010.
The USA PATRIOT Act is anything but patriotic. It is anathema to liberty.