Thursday, February 10, 2011

Comparing a shirtless Congressman to Kentucky Patriot Act wimps.

At the beginning of the Civil War the Commonwealth of Kentucky was officially neutral and did not side with either the North or the South. Never-the-less, Kentucky was a border state of key importance in the American Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln recognized the importance of the Commonwealth when he declared "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky."

Today, the battle to save our Republic still needs God on our side and we also need to have courageous Republicans to stand up and defend our Constitution. To our complete disgrace we seem to have neither.
The U.S. House of Representatives DEFEATED legislation to extend three of the so-called “PATRIOT” Act’s controversial provisions. The vote taken two days ago to give an extension to The Patriot Act, a hastily drawn law that suspends the Constitutional rights of American citizens at the whim of whatever power controls the nation, failed to pass but the vote tally shows that 210 Republicans voted in favor of the extension. Among those 210 Republicans, who probably never read Benjamin Franklin's grave warning: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.", were Kentucky's entire delegation of representatives:
Ed Whitfield -  Kentucky, 1st District
Brett Guthrie  -  Kentucky, 2nd District
John Yarmuth  -  Kentucky, 3rd District
Geoff Davis  -  Kentucky, 4th District
Hal Rogers  -  Kentucky, 5th District
Ben Chandler  -  Kentucky, 6th District  
In case you are unfamiliar with just what The Patriot Act was able to do, here is a brief list of some of the worst provisions:
  • Roving, warrantless wiretaps of virtually EVERY form of electronic communication used by U.S. citizens.
  • Secret federal searches without warrants OR knowledge of the resident.
  • Blanket warrants for the search and seizure of all library records, without naming individual suspects or providing probable cause.
  • Judicial warrants replaced with “National Security Letters” signed by unaccountable Obama Administration bureaucrats and gag orders for those served with these letters which make it illegal to tell anyone about it -- including your spouse and your priest!
  • Drastic expansion of the definition of “domestic terrorism,” which is sure to include gun owners.
  • Expands asset seizure to permit the taking of assets from anyone “suspected” of terrorism, even if that person is NEVER charged or sent to trial
  • Lone wolf provisions which allow the government to spy on ANYONE even if they’re not associated with a terrorist organization or foreign national, without due process or notification.
Now word comes out of another Republican who also voted in favor of extending The Patriot Act, Congressman Christopher Lee (Republican, NY 26th C.D.), has suddenly submitted his resignation. This two-term politician who supposedly campaigned on "family values" got himself into a very embarrassing situation after the web site Gawker revealed he had sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman who advertised on Craigslist.
The woman described as a 34-year-old Maryland resident and government employee provided the Gawker website with e-mails she said were an exchange between her and Lee in response to an ad she placed last month in the "Women Seeking Men" section of Craigslist.

These are not the kind of people we expected to get to stand up for us and I'm sure they are all an embarrassment to the Republican Party. The Tea Party movement wanted people of good character and a strong backbone to carry on our battle in Congress. People who were familiar with American History and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. People who both read and understood the words in the U.S. Constitution and, in particular, The Bill of Rights.  There is nothing funny about big government and Congress is not the place to play games. There is a definite evil presence in our country today and to fight it you do not play nice. 


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