Were you honestly surprised?

President’s Radio Address.

There has been so much damn talk about this in the last two days, that it’s become nearly impossible for me to ignore.

One of the first actions we took to protect America after our nation was attacked was to ask Congress to pass the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act tore down the legal and bureaucratic wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence authorities from sharing vital information about terrorist threats. And the Patriot Act allowed federal investigators to pursue terrorists with tools they already used against other criminals. Congress passed this law with a large, bipartisan majority, including a vote of 98-1 in the United States Senate.

Since then, America’s law enforcement personnel have used this critical law to prosecute terrorist operatives and supporters, and to break up terrorist cells in New York, Oregon, Virginia, California, Texas and Ohio. The Patriot Act has accomplished exactly what it was designed to do: it has protected American liberty and saved American lives.

Here, he should have added, “and thats why I was able to approve wire-taps and surveilance upon american citizens.”

Who the hell are we to sit and judge our President for something that he approved when it was completely allowable under the Patriot Act? Rob had the same idea.

Congress passed this law with a large, bipartisan majority, including a vote of 98-1 in the United States Senate.

So why aren’t we all getting pissed off at Congress? They are the ones that passed the law that allowed these authorizations. I suppose if your paying any attention, you should have noticed that the house passed a bill to extend the life of several key points in the Patriot Act that were set to expire. Also, you might have noticed that the Senate filibustered it so that it wouldn’t pass.

Bottom line is this… If you wanna complain, don’t complain about the President using the power given to him. Complain about all the dumb-ass tax payers that allowed this bill to pass. And especially the ones that were happy it did. We Americans expect a certain amount of privacy. It is in our nature. The Patriot Act blatantly gave the government the ability to take that away from us and we cheered it on. Why? Cause somebody flew a plane into the world trade center. We did the same thing when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 40 years ago. Ask a Japanese american that lived on the west coast at the time how the containment camps were. Our government has always done these things, and always in the name of homeland security. That won’t change anytime soon.

You still pissed about it? Write your federal representatives. Tell them. Direct your Pissed off attitude somewhere where it will at least start a buzz in someone’s ear. Remember, we pay them and we vote.

It appears the Press is at it again.

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