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Who’s irresponsible?

December 17, 2005

It seems our President decided to turn the powers of the NSA (spying) on our own citizens without judicial or Congressional oversight.  Here’s an AP article about the story.  I was just listening to NPR’s hourly news broadcast and Bush said today that those who disclosed this activity were “irresponsible”.  Pot calling the kettle black, now aren’t we?

Bush went on to declare those Senators who are blocking renewal of some expiring components of the Patriot Act “irresponsible” as well.  Perhaps they’re just against spying on our own citizens.  Don’t we have law enforcement at the city, county, state, and national (FBI, ATF, etc.) for that already?

Here’s the real pisser, why can’t our leaders have a healthy discussion about the issues on stuff like this?  Why does Bush have to come out and slam those who have a different opinion as “irresponsible”?  That’s personal slander, and gets us nowhere.  Frankly that’s why most folks in my generation can’t stand politicians … they’re they’re the popular kids from school who bullied everyone else with insults because they thought it was funny.  Never mind the fact that they don’t have any real ideas.  Instead of “[those who disagree are] irresponsible” why not just say “we had to do this to ensure our national security and I’m willing to take the heat for that.”

It seems to me that those who say everyone else is irresponsible need to take a hard look in the mirror and take some responsibility on themselves.

Just my $0.02.

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