Some good points, several good sources and a good way for me to officially post to the blog and avoid real effort can be found in this analysis of the Patriot Act. The legislation, which takes double-barreled aim at terrorism and democracy, seems to have dropped off the agenda of political debate -- which is odd, considering how close we are to a presidential election.
Republicans don’t like bringing it up because people hate the law. Democrats don’t like bringing it up, I think, because they’re embarrassed by voting for it, especially since it turns out, as U.S. Rep. John Conyers told Michael Moore (and many of us) in “Fahrenheit 9/11”: “Sit down, my son ... we don’t read most of the bills.” To the Democrats, well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, as did the music of Linkin Park.
And now it’s time for a classic Agonizing Reappraisal.