Friday, February 15, 2008

If true, good riddance

Word on the street is that the aptly misnamed "Protect America Act" will be swept into the dustbin of history:

Let's review what happened, shall we?

This is victory, folks. Perhaps, after the Protect America Act expires, legislators will realize their world does not end without the protection of this "crucial" law. Perhaps they'll realize the people really don't want to give amnesty to telecom companies that spied on them. Perhaps they'll realize the expanded powers given to Bush by the Protect America Act don't actually prevent terrorist attacks, and that Bush is full of shit when he says we face terrorism that would "pale by comparison" to 9/11 if we don't pass this god awful bill.

I seriously doubt Pelosi has any backbone whatsoever. Had it not been for a critical mass of public outrage, she would have collapsed like a house of cards yet again. I'm not yet convinced that she won't be "persuaded" to reconsider. Maybe having a challenger in a primary election (as well as Cindy Sheehan) has had an influence. Hard to say.

As it is, I'll merely reiterate that when someone starts telling me that I "need" their "protection", whether it's from the White House, a so-called "security" company, or the local gang leader, I figure that I'm about to be swindled, and that accepting their "protection" will end up being more of a hassle than it's worth.

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