Thursday, October 14, 2004

The logic escapes me

A commenter at Observations from an Empty Well has elicited a heavy sigh:
Call me a one issue voter, but I'm going Kerry for the simple reason that he wants to let the Patriot Act expire without renewal.

He is pro abortion, which is abominable, but the judges in this country wouldn't let president Bush ban even the amazingly unholy 'partial birth' abortions, so I see no diference between having the one in office versus having the other on that matter.

The Patriot Act is the scariest thing I've ever encountered. Anyone who will let it die without reviving it has got my support on those grounds alone.
Let me see if I understand this correctly.

Because the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked repeated attempts to regulate abortion in this country, including Congress' ban on the "amazingly unholy 'partial birth' abortions," the writer is going to vote for the man who has been part of the party obstructing the nomination of U.S. judges in a manner that goes beyond the intent of the Constitution, and for the man who will nominate the next generation of pro-abortion ideologues to the Supreme Court.

All this because the candidate says that he will allow the Patriot Act to lapse (even though he voted for it).

And this great defender of the Constitution (who voted for the Patriot Act before he decided to let it lapse), when challenged by 527 groups working against his candidacy, attempts to use the Federal Communications Commission to shut them up.

But he's going to receive the vote from Alexey, because the Patriot Act is the scariest thing Alexey has ever encountered.

I can't answer for the quality of Alexey's scary encounters, but the Patriot Act doesn't rival the Alien and Sedition Act during the American Revolution; it doesn't meet up with the suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War, nor is it as extreme as the Japanese internment. It's also not as scary as Sept. 11, 2001.

The Patriot Act allowed the FBI and CIA to talk to each other, to attend public gatherings and read their enemies' web pages, to have the same powers to stop prospective bombers that they currently have to stop drug dealers and money launderers. Of course, ever since they threw Michael Moore and Barbra Streisand into federal prison, the Left has been understandably nervous.

Oh, wait. Michael Moore is still depositing his royalties?

Michael Moore's face is scarier than the Patriot Act.

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