Yesterday's slight victory for those who would protect our Constitution and right to privacy generated a strange backlash from The Heritage Foundation.
In what may be my most amusing moment in the FISA fight, the Heritage Foundation wet their Depends because Americans stood up in droves to say "enough!" to the lawbreaking disrespect of the Bush Administration and the rubber stamp obeisance of the Republicans in the Senate. And Congress heard their message loud and clear.If you missed the fun, Greenwald has a recap and interview, and FDL has more on where it goes from there today and tomorrow. For me though, one little question popped out yesterday that I hadn't considered much, but now seems very relevant, especially here in Utah.
Oh, the humanity.
Yes, my friends, the Heritage Foundation finds the idea of everyday Americans standing up for the rule of law and the principles of balance of powers and civil liberties to be "hysterical." If you ask me, it's simply patriotism, pure and simple, but then my mission in life isn't providing cover for Dick Cheney's behind.
For all the talk of "freedom" that the Paul-bots claim to believe in, they sure as heck have been silent on the horrible FISA bill we're fighting to fix in the Senate right now. Same for Ron Paul. Why the silence? And the CATO people and the libertarian publications like Reason, where are they?It's a very timely question I am curious to hear a response to. Where is their boisterous outrage over the largesse of Mitch McConnell and Dick Cheney's immunity for telecoms and "basket warrants"? How many times have I heard my Libertarian friends decry the importance of personal liberty in opposition to the bonds of over-reaching government? Why is this issue not more visible in Utah, with all of the limited government rhetoric spewing forth so often from our representative's mouths? Why are Democrats left to fight this one alone, small government Republicans and Paul-ites?
Here we are engaged in a huge civil liberties issue, and progressives are being forced to fight this thing alone. It's easy to talk about "liberty". It's much more impressive to actually do something about it.