January 18, 2006
Caution: Do Not Overtorque Wingnuts, Or Stripped Threads Will Result

We now can see clearly the deep divisions that exist between on the one hand the cultural and religious conservatives, and on the other hand, the statists (in the fascist sense of the word) that these conservatives have placed in the White House:

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, chairman of Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances (PRCB), was joined by fellow conservatives Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR); David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Paul Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, in urging lawmakers to use NSA hearings to establish a solid foundation for restoring much needed constitutional checks and balances to intelligence law.

“When the Patriot Act was passed shortly after 9-11, the federal government was granted expanded access to Americans' private information,” said Barr. “However, federal law still clearly states that intelligence agents must have a court order to conduct electronic surveillance of Americans on these shores. Yet the federal government overstepped the protections of the Constitution and the plain language of FISA to eavesdrop on Americans’ private communication without any judicial checks and without proof that they are involved in terrorism.”

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Posted by Wayne Uff at January 18, 2006 06:49 AM
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Uhm, Bob Barr has been ranting for quite some time now, even to the point of joining the ACLU. But he represents a minority of the wingnuts: the minority that actually believes the BS they spew about smaller government and less government infringement upon people's personal lives. Believe me, such considerations don't bother the feeble little minds of the majority of the wingnuts, who are absolutely convinced that it's okay to infinge upon civil liberties, as long as it's the civil liberties of "those" people (you know, "those" people, suspiciously dusky, don't go to the right church, maybe believe in some of them funny Commie things like the purpose of government being to improve the general welfare of the nation rather than just that of big business? You know, THOSE people!).

- Badtux the Cynical Penguin

Posted by: BadTux on January 18, 2006 1:58 PM

Okay, I'll grant you Bob Barr is a minor figure.

But not so Grover Norquist and Paul Weyrich. Both were central, and maybe indispensable, to placing Bush in office.

You may see it differently, but I can't find a way to deny that this is a major split in the coalition.

Posted by: Wayne Uff on January 18, 2006 3:34 PM
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