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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Opinion sans logic

From today's Toledo Blade op-ed page (dead-tree edition, p. A10):

CONTRARY to White House propaganda, it was never the intent of a growing number of Capitol Hill lawmakers to allow the USA Patriot Act to expire at the end of this year.

Never the intent of a growing number? So some lawmakers had the intent, then never had the intent? It's one thing to change one's mind, but changing it retroactively to never?

The blogosphere is riddled with typos and grammatical mistakes, so I want to be forgiving (realizing I live in a glass house). But where's the typo? Drop growing? Change it was never to it isn't? Each seems very deliberately included.

Quoting specific senators, on the record when the Patriot Act was first passed, would be the most enlightening, but the author doesn't treat us to this.


(Please keep in mind that each commenter's opinions are only his/her own.)

Ug! Please tell me that you don't support the Patriot Act.

"A nation that sacrifices a little freedom to gain a little security, gains neither and loses everything"

-Ben Franklin

My problems with the Patriot Act are probably much different than yours. Mainly, that irrelevant stuff (e.g., anti-drug stuff) is being appended to it. Each may be a good idea, but this piggy-backing muddies the waters.

I think the encroachment on civil liberties is 99% hysteria.

I think Ben Franklin meant essential freedom. How much is a little? I don't think he was opposed to any kind of search warrant. (That's a little.)

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