Rollin' Like Sisyphus

As It Ever Was

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on June 1, 2015

Item #21,236,435,642 that helps put the lie to the idea that the Democrats and the Republicans exist in the United States as contraposed entities with deeply held, coherent ideologies on the exingenses of their visions for governance of the United States of America:

Paul had some other help, if inadvertent. Senate Republicans, notably Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), had wanted to extend the USA Patriot Act as is. They fell short. Then, after a week’s recess, when it became clear the votes just weren’t there for the Patriot Act renewal, McConnell reluctantly agreed to put the “flawed” USA Freedom Act up for a last-minute vote on Sunday, and the Senate agreed, 77 to 17. The bill had passed the House on May 13, 338-88, and Obama supports it. Senate GOP hawks say the Freedom Act puts too many constraints on the NSA; Paul and some other civil libertarians say it still goes too far. But his usual civil-liberty allies in the Senate signaled their comfort with the House bill, leaving Rand Paul the lone holdout.

Lone Holdout. That’s make a good name for a band or an X-Men villain. It’s worth noting that all this high-minded debate is to preserve a surveillance system that we’re not even supposed to know about were it not for Snowden’s leaks. Does anyone honestly believe that someone over at the NSA, upon the clock striking midnight, flipped a switch and all the gears came grinding to a halt?
Of course not.
Whether the new act that’s supposed to somehow be less threatening than the old provisions no one previously knew about, the main point is that everyone’s on board, despite all the fake protestations to the contrary.
Probably even Paul.


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  1. El Borak said, on June 1, 2015 at 13:59

    Now THAT demands a belated Good Music Friday.

  2. Doom said, on June 1, 2015 at 23:55

    As long as you understand that no one, not even the lone holdout, is in your corner… that’s the only place to start. At this point. Maybe they really know something we don’t. I assume they do. I just don’t think one of them has a right mind to wrap around it. They are in office for personal benefits and enrichment, then their cronies and pals. We, or civil or social good, does not rise to the level of their radar. “Who? Oh, them? What of them?”, I hear as a fly on the wall.

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