If you happened to skip my previous post on the patriot act please at least read this. After the act was unexpectedly but gratefully blocked in the House last week, it was passed this week after a second vote. Now it us up to the Senate to save our liberties.
For those not aware the Patriot Act gives the government permission to spy on all citizens in the name of patriotism and terrorist protection. Guys this is bullshit that preys on your fears to give up your freedom. The government only cares about power, the only importance terrorism has to them is a greater excuse to expand their control over us. In addition there is no extent of spying allowed by present technology that will thwart terrorism. If somebody really wants to build a cheap bomb and blow it up there isn’t much stopping them, the information and materials are freely available. Believing in this bill is like believing that there will be no more hurricanes or earthquakes EVER if everybody starts praying to God.
Russ Feingold was beaten in the midterm elections but beforehand had this to say about the Patriot Act:
At Feingold events in 2004, he frequently told constituents that he was the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act — because he was the only Senator to read the Patriot Act.
I donated $10 to Demand Progress, if you cannot donate but do not want strangers to investigate your phone and email conversations every time you mention the words “terrorist”, “bomb”, “muslim”, or any middle eastern country, the least you can do is spread the word and write to your senators.
And I am not a conspiracy theorist either. Those people are paranoid but their beliefs are based on some truth.
I would think, “how mentally defective do they have to be? I’m half their age yet I’ve already seen through the bullshit.” It made sense that the truth should be much easier for them to see since they entered the church from an outside life out of their own accord while people like me are taught that all the inaccuracies, fallacies, and bullshit is absolute truth from birth. We are essentially left to construct a real model of how the world works by ourselves years later; it’s a huge disadvantage when trying to keep up with our peers.
But the truth is, that they made their own choice is exactly why it’s harder for them to take off the tinted glasses. They chose the church and sacrificed their lives for what they believed was the ultimate cause. So the less believable it all turns out to be, the more desperate they can become to validate their entire lives. I’m detached from any commitment because I never made one for the church, there was never any responsibility to hold because I didn’t have a choice. That makes it easier for me to denounce everything I’ve ever believed. I hold much less stake in it than they do. First gens have the commitment and responsibility to adhere to because they made the choice themselves, so of course many of the more hysterical members will believe anything he says as a weekly dose of hope that they did not waste their lives.