How Leviathan Grows and Metastasizes
Bill Quick

Author of Patriot Act says NSA phone records collection ‘never the intent’ of law | Fox News

The author of the Patriot Act said Thursday that a secret program under which the Obama administration was collecting phone records from millions of Americans is “excessive” and beyond the scope of the law. 

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who wrote the 2001 law, was among a host of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who raised alarm over the practice. 

Lawmakers make laws. They do so as if their lawmaking power was somehow magical, and never prone to misuse.

Most politicians are historical illiterates, so illiterate I suspect that it is willful.  What history teaches is that any powers given to government will, invariably, over time be expanded and either misused, abused, or employed for things the orginal law was never intended to permit.

I wish these mokes would ask themselves a question or two, starting with, “We may think this is a good idea for us, but will it be a good idea if the other guys are in control?”

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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How Leviathan Grows and Metastasizes — 2 Comments

  1. As you’ve pointed out many times there’s really only one party: the Ruling Class Party, with two factions. The ‘other guys’ whose control would pose a problem for these powers are the representatives of the Country Class, and there seems little likelihood of that coming to pass. Even if it did, the result would most likely be the repeal of the abused powers, not their use against the Ruling Class.

    • You left out the bureaucracy/administration. They serve and follow the orders of the ruling class, but when left unattended, they like to dress up and play ruling class themselves. Members of the actual ruling class are aware of that, but don’t care until the “acting” b/a screws up. If you live long enough, several times you’ll see ruling class members announce “It was not our intent for this law to be applied in this way”, or some such. Then there will be slightly better written legislation to stop the most politically damaging abuses, and for the play-actors, slapped wrists all around.