Jack Hunter (a.k.a the Southern Avenger) wrote a good article on the Patriot Act a few days ago. I remember the days when mainstream “conservatives” were calling me unpatriotic for opposing the Patriot Act. These same conservatives are feeling more than a bit uneasy now that these tyrannical, extra-constitutional powers are possessed by Mr. Obama rather than their darling President Bush. Maybe if they would have thought beyond flag-waving and “America, **** yeah!”, they might have considered some of the long-term consequences for crushing what remained of the Bill of Rights.
Allegedly, the default position for conservatives is to distrust the government and defer to the Constitution. When it concerns the Patriot Act, too many conservatives blindly trust the government at the expense of the Constitution. This type of thinking mirrors the logic of the Left, in which the constitutionality of a big government program like Obamacare is considered irrelevant due to the severity of the problem at hand. The liberal healthcare ends justify the unconstitutional means. This characteristic mentality of the Left is exactly how most of the Right approaches the Patriot Act, although it is an outright rejection of what most conservatives of any generation have held most dear.
Read the entire article here.