Congress will soon debate and vote on reauthorization of the so-called Patriot Act. Please tell your representative you do not trust the government to pry into citizens’ affairs without judicial oversight to determine whether there is good cause to do so.
The Patriot Act was originally passed by a frightened Congress without adequate review and debate, right after Sept. 11. Congress must now carefully study what is in the act and not be frightened into renewal. And as citizens of the greatest democratic country, we must not be frightened into giving up our constitutional rights.
In America, it is the citizen, alone and collectively, who is sovereign. We are the fourth branch of government. We limit the power of government over our lives by the Constitution, the most liberating document in history.
Those who rely excessively upon militarism are the cause of terrorism, not the cure. They are also the ones who tell us we must give up our constitutional rights in order to be safe. That is not the path to peace and security.