Unbelievably, there are still apologists who are willing to go on record supporting this mess. Of course, the defense is a variation of the false choice between being shot or being hung: Listening to Compromise
The compromise legislation that will come to the Senate floor this week is not the legislation that I would have liked to see, but I disagree with those who suggest that senators are giving in by backing this bill.
The fact is that the alternative to Congress passing this bill is Congress enacting far worse legislation that the Senate had already passed by a filibuster-proof margin, and which a majority of House members were on record as supporting.
What’s more, this bill provides important safeguards for civil liberties. [….]
As someone whose civil liberties were violated by the government, I understand this legislation isn’t perfect. But I also believe — and here I am speaking only for myself — that it represents our best chance to protect both our national security and our civil liberties. For that reason, it has my personal support.
Wow, buddy, don’t stick your neck out too far — so, you’re in favor, and you got the bully pulpit of the NYT Op-Ed page, but you don’t even believe it strongly enough to try to convince anyone else? I guess the Times had to find someone to take a position in opposition to its own editorial, which is: Compromising the Constitution
Congress has been far too compliant as President Bush undermined the Bill of Rights and the balance of powers. It now has a chance to undo some of that damage — if it has the courage and good sense to stand up to the White House and for the Constitution.
The Senate should reject a bill this week that would needlessly expand the government’s ability to spy on Americans and ensure that the country never learns the full extent of President Bush’s unlawful wiretapping.
I’ve been overwhelmed these last couple of days (and for a few more), but I will get back to posting soon. Sorry.
Of course, as we enter the campaign season in earnest, I expect we’ll see more of this kind of infantilizing of political dialog and I, for one, am really getting sick of it. I doubt we’re going to see either candidate ever speak to us as if we were adults.
See also August 8, 1974 v. July 9, 2008