It’s A Puzzlement

In his radio address yesterday, the President also said this:

“The House of Representatives passed reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Yet a minority of senators filibustered to block the renewal of the Patriot Act when it came up for a vote yesterday. That decision is irresponsible, and it endangers the lives of our citizens. The senators who are filibustering must stop their delaying tactics, and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.”

Under normal circumstances, I would have understood this. But since the President apparently feels that he doesn’t need to concern himself with what’s legal, why can’t we “afford to be without this law for a single moment”? How on earth could not having it “endanger the lives of our citizens”?

As far as I can tell, Bush and his crack legal team think that it wouldn’t matter if the law said that he could order wiretaps only at midnight on Hallowe’en while dangling from a chandelier wearing a gold lam? evening gown and stiletto heels. He can do whatever he wants.

So why on earth does the fate of the PATRIOT Act matter to him?