So, Dubya is very likely getting his "PATRIOT" Act re-upped; this time they're admitting it's permanent. It's a commonplace that there's nothing so permanent as a temporary tax. But I'd suggest that a temporary setting-aside of our civil liberties -- for wartime purposes only, you understand! -- is at least as permanent as any tax. It's just a question of how long it takes our supervisors to admit it.
As the news story notes, Senator Feingold is upset, or at least is simulating being upset. If he or any other of our legislators is actually unhappy in any serious way, then where, I ask, is the impeachment? As a practical matter, though, Senator Feingold might as well relax. What difference does it make whether or not there's actually a PATRIOT Act on the books? El Chickenhawk Supremo has already made it abundantly clear -- has he not? -- that he's going to do whatever he wants anyway, given the godlike powers that presidents in undeclared pseudo-wars apparently have. So what's the difference?
Well, I see one difference. It's a small one, but maybe worth thinking about. If the PATRIOT Act were totally repealed, root and branch, it would maybe become clear to a few more people that Bush is running open-loop, completely out of control. Maybe another person or two would wake up. Every little bit helps -- I hope.