"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, December 16, 2005

CNN - This just in - Patriot Act

The leading paragraph in this article is:

The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act as infringing too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

Should this really be considered a "huge defeat" to the administration? If reality were reported as it is, rather than in an MSM way, might the "huge defeat" be to the American public?

Making this issue (as well as others) such a partisan game distracts the reading public from what their true concerns should be and that is ultimately their safety.

Media soundbytes and its general lazy, liberally slanted viewpoint leads us all (most) to not truly appreciate what it really is that the government tracks and what is at stake. If each time some policy initiation is countered with or by the ACLU/media/liberals and possible infringements on freedom without truly understanding how limited it might be, strikes it down before any possibility of its having a good effect or any effect for that matter. The immediate reaction is to denounce and nix due to paranoia without truly understanding what would actually change.

Democrats and the media have denounced the right side of the aisle and Bush for so long that they and many believe the true evil doers in this world are Republican Conservatives. If those that despise the other side of aisle so much they should attempt to view it through a more realistic prism. Not one created by the media, Democrats, Hollywood and the like. As much as one may enjoy viewing a film such as Syriana or Munich for it's story; we must also remember that this is entertainment. People make this stuff up, they're called writers. People like a George Clooney believe it. Yet there is not much reality in the daily life of an individual like Mr. Clooney. He's an actor. His public life, photos, stories etc. are scripted. He and they have feelings yes, but they are detached further from reality than anyone that was aware of it would truly wish to be. Entertainment, media, Democrats and the like are leading us there; unintentionally of course, yet leading us down that road.


Bottom line, a lot of truly unnecessary time is wasted only to finally arrive at the start point of business as usual.


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