Great Plains Observer is right: the Tea Party's silence over the PATRIOT Act shows that rabble has no credibility when it comes to standing against unconstitutional government power. (The Democrats' acceptance of Bush fascism on this issue is cause for shame, too.) President Barack Obama has signed an extension of warrantless searches and other violations of the Fourth Amendment. But the Glenn Beck watchers—not even useful idiots—just keep bleating twisted and absurd arguments about how we need to nullify federal laws on guns and health care.
I guess we have two Patriot Acts: the unconstitutional police-state law President Obama lacks the guts to kill, and the substanceless political play-acting folks like Citizens for Liberty and R. Blake Curd like to stage.
A related note: the Black Hills Tea Partiers thought they had a great way to fight big government at the county level with House Bills 1087 and 1250. Actually, I think they were just trying to get out of paying to clean up their own poop. Both bills failed... and the Black Hills Tea Partiers failed to do or say anything about HB 1082, a measure that genuinely expands government power by allowing counties to fingerprint and background check all job applicants. Typical Tea Party: so lost in their own rhetoric, they fail to understand or respond to real policy.
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