Tuesday

Extend the Patriot Act HR 1467

I promise my intent is not to turn this into an entirely political blog. It just seems that if we don’t keep on top of things they’ll get out from under us. Or something like that.

There aren’t many Americans I know, regardless of party, who were happy with the Patriot Act. Sure some didn’t mind at first, but then when the truth of it came out they started to care. Now, more often than not, you’ll hear cries of, “REPEAL the Patriot Act”.

I guess it should come as no surprise that a Republican proposed this legislation. I’m hoping, though, that we can count on the Democrats to not let this get very far. I can’t believe I said it either. Then again, our congressmen & women seem willing to do just about anything in the name of safety.

I would like to remind them of Benjamin Franklin's words, "He who would give up a measure of liberty for security deserves neither and will lose both." I don't believe we need to give up our freedoms to ensure our security, and I do fear that we may lose both.

There is not much to this resolution. It’s actually quite simple. Instead of the patriot act expiring on Dec. 31, 2009 it will extend it to Dec. 31, 2019. They are calling it the, “Safe & Secure Act of 2009”.

If you don’t want more of what we saw in the Bush era continuing on for the next TEN years, then I would encourage you to call your congressmen/women now.

You may find this bill (what little there is) by going here & entering “1467” (without quotes) into the search field. You can find your Senators by selecting your state from the drop-down menu. You can find your Representative by entering your zip code in the top, left corner.

-Me

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