President Bush's claim that he has a legal right to eavesdrop on some U.S. citizens without court approval has widened an ideological gap within his party.Well, well, well.
On one side is the national-security camp, made even more numerous by loyalty to a wartime president. On the other are the small-government civil libertarians who have long held a privileged place within the Republican Party but whose ranks have ebbed since the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Between the bickering over USA-PATRIOT and the revelations about warrantless spying by the NSA, conservatives are finally coming around to the fact that their Reep messiah has been moving steadily to consolidate and increase the power of the executive to intrude, to intervene, to stick its nose into people's lives.
Perhaps in the light of the Brown-Miers cronyism revelations, the still-emerging DeLay-Scanlon-Abramoff-Safavian-Cunningham-Ney web of corruption, growing disquietude over the administration's micromismanagement of the war, and the total lack of readiness on the federal Homeland Security front made manifest by Katrina, people are starting to understand that this administration -- and the national Reep leadership -- have absolutely no respect for genuine conservative principles?
Is it possible that conservatives and liberals will be able to come together around the notion that the PotUS does not have the right to detain anybody, at any time, indefinitely, without showing a shred of evidence against them? Is it possible that even people who believe Gee-Dub's rhetoric can come to understand how dangerous this administration is to America?
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