September 13th, 2005

This May Not Apply To You

If this doesn't apply to you, then it doesn't. If it does, it does.

There are a number of people around who are loudly complaining that President Bush did not do enough in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and that he should have done whatever it took to bring the National Guard directly under Federal control no matter what the law said. I suspect that at least some of those people are the same ones who complain loudly about the Patriot Act and the potential that it has for abuse.

Why would the first be a good thing if the possibility that sort of abuse of Federal power could be used for evil purposes is such a bad thing?

ObDisclaimer: Yes, there were no doubt numerous actions that the Feds (and Bush) might have taken in the wake of Katrina that would have been good -- and legal! -- things to do and which they did not actually do. Yes, there are no doubt provisions of the Patriot Act that are subject to abuse.

ObDisclaimer Two: I said that if this didn't apply to you, it didn't apply to you. :)