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The Government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. - Mark Twain

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Tea Party Anti-Patriots

It’s only temporary, until they can put it up for a straight-majority vote.  But this has got to make some people sweat:

House Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback Tuesday when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the Patriot Act, a vote that served as the first small uprising of the party’s tea-party bloc.

The bill to reauthorize key parts of the counter-terrorism surveillance law, which expire at the end of the month, required a super-majority to pass under special rules reserved for non-controversial measures.

But it fell short of the required two-thirds after 26 Republicans bucked their leadership, eight of them freshman lawmakers elected in November’s midterm elections. With most Democrats opposing the extension, the final tally was 277 members in favor of extension, and 148 opposed.


The Patriot Act measure would have extended through the end of the year three provisions that are set to expire Feb. 28. One authorizes the FBI to use roving wiretaps on surveillance targets; the second allows the government to access “any tangible items,” such as library records, in the course of surveillance; and the third allows for the surveillance of targets who are not connected to an identified terrorist group.

The freshman also made the Republican leadership delay a vote on a government program that compensates workers for losing job to trade.  And they’re rebelling against the $32 billion in proposed spending cuts as inadequate.

The Democrats are crowing that this shows the Republican Party falling apart.  But that’s just them being stupid.  They’ve also complained that the Republicans aren’t “doing anything” because they have yet to propose any big-spending, deficit-exploding “jobs program”—this being the only substantive thing Democrats can imagine.  What’s happening is that some of the Republicans get it and some still don’t.  What’s going on is not a party in disarray.  What’s going on is a party that’s slowly realizing that we meant what we said in November.

What’s really interesting is this: Obama wanted the Patriot Act provisions extended until 2013.  That is, the Tea Party rebels are more protective of civil liberties than our left wing President.  Roll that around in your empty skull, Chris Matthews.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/09/11 at 02:38 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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