Way back when George W. Bush was President I defended many policies that I now regret. While the liberals in Eugene screamed bloody murder about the Patriot Act I staunchly defended most of the controversial provisions. I was wrong, God was I wrong.
Now big government has expanded those provisions to database our information in the name of our safety but whatever security benefit we receive as a result from that snooping is offset by the very existence of such databases. The government has shown an inability to keep data secure and a willingness to leak information when it suits them. Imagine now they have our phone calls and soon they will have our medical records. Imagine when someone with malicious intent is able to hack those databases.
When I was making the arguments for the Patriot Act I lived in one of the most liberal cities in the country, Eugene Oregon. I’ve grown steadily more concerned with the police state ever since and it’s got me thinking that maybe that there is an opportunity for a radical political change in this country.
Regular people who self identify as Democrats are increasingly disenchanted with their representation.
Many of us who self identify as Republicans can no longer tolerate a party that has made the choice to continue to be the party of Lindsey Graham and Karl Rove.
When the Tea Party was getting started I advocated to operate within the confines of the Republican Party, maybe I was wrong about that too.