Is this really happening?
Yesterday, hours after the New York Times ran this editorial the Senate passed President Bush’s dream–a new terror bill giving him new, wide-ranging powers. Since the implementation of the Patriot Act, it would seem obvious that W has no idea how to balance our rights as citizens with the need to prevent another terrorist attack. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR famously said.
But, like cowed little lambs, the Senate went right along, only a week after three prominent Republicans looked like they would stand up to the president. It’s a shame they were only bluffing, because, as the Times says, this is a “tyrannical law that will be ranked with the low points in American democracy, our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.”
Posted by Austin Richardson, Senior Writer