I was wrong.
While I do not believe the administration of President George W. Bush had any nefarious motives for supporting passage of the Patriot Act and I believe they truly meant to make America safer, it paved the way for the unprecedented reduction in American Constitutional Liberties that we have seen in the last 5 years.
Since the Obama Administration took office, we have seen the authorization of the use of unmanned drones against American citizens on American soil, the attempt to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, the IRS used to target those who politically disagree with this administration, the EPA release personal information of thousands of farmers to Progressive minded environmental groups, and now, the revelation that the Government has given itself the power to spy on all of us, at any time...and oh yeah, we all have "Obama Phones" now.
Both parties have been complicit in the increasing development of a Police State.
A long time political contact of mine indicated that perhaps Republicans in general and Conservatives in particular have an "unhealthy obsession" with this President. He noted that phone records have been compiled by the government since the 70's. That doesn't make it acceptable.
Many citizens are now awakening to the threat that Government poses to our Constitutional Liberty.
Ironically, most of this information has come to light in the month following President Obama telling a group of College Graduates
Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.Mr. President, the citizenry is beginning to wake up to just how right those voices were. I, like many in my party, derided the Ron Paul "Campaign for Liberty" types as "kooky" and "paranoid" on the Patriot Act. They were right.
The Republican Party is searching for a way forward. They seem to believe that granting amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants (who are not politically inclined to agree with the values of Limited Government in any case) will win over the new voters they need to become a competitive party in National elections.
If the Republicans want to win again, they need to follow the example of Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Congressmen like Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, Kerry Bentivolio, and Steve Stockman, among others. They need to embrace Constitutional Liberty, Free Markets, and Limited Government. They need to embody bold colors of Freedom in contrast to the Cradle to Grave Statist view of the Democrat party.