President George W. Bush is not backing down from his drive to make the rights-robbing USA Patriot Act the permanent law of the land and the White House is threatening Republican members of Congress with serious political reprisals if they don’t get in line.
Clinton and McCain have been using the same playbook to position themselves
as presidential nominees of two parties that think they are political polar
opposites. For months already, the New York Democrat and the Arizona Republican
have been working hard to reposition themselves well to the right of themselves.
Updated for contemporary use, Patrick Henry’s quote would read, “Give me liberty, or
give me a slight theoretical decrease in the already microscopic risk I face
from terrorism. On second thought, forget about liberty.” While this revised
version does not roll trippingly off the tongue, it captures the logic of the
Bush administration’s foreign policy.