Chuck Muth on the Patriot Act Filibuster
PATRIOT ACT POLITICS
While it's true that it's primarily Democrats who are filibustering renewal of the Patriot Act in the Senate, conservatives and Republicans (not necessarily the same thing) shouldn't be so quick to automatically assume that this filibuster is a bad thing. The fact of the matter is, a considerable number of highly-regarded and highly-influential conservative leaders have been actively opposing some of the same aspects of the Patriot Act which the Democrats are now citing as justification for their filibuster. They include bona-fide limited-government defenders of individual rights as former Rep. Bob Barr and American Conservative Union chief David Keene.
For Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to compare conservative opponents to certain aspects of the Patriot Act - including Republican New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu who yesterday repeated Ben Franklin's "Those that would give up essential liberty in pursuit of a little temporary security deserve neither" quote on the Senate floor - to those who "have called for a retreat and defeat strategy in Iraq" is simply outrageous, offensive and insulting.
You sure won't find folks such me, Barr and Keene siding with the Democrats and the ACLU very often. This is one of those exceptions which prove the rule.
I'd encourage people to write both Senators: Norm Coleman and Mark Dayton on this matter.