The U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act passes in the House

The House of Representatives passed extensions to the `Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001' Thursday. This still has to make it through the Senate before it is actually extended, hopefully our Senators are smarter than our Representatives.

One quote from this CNN article was: "Periodically revisiting the Patriot Act is a good thing," said Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Massachusetts. "The Patriot Act was an effort to answer the most difficult question a democracy faces: How much freedom are we willing to give up to feel safe?"

Which made me think of a quote by Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers: They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

And another quote, this one from Thomas Jefferson: I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

Why is it that our politicians feel that it is acceptable to take away our freedoms in exchange for a perceived safety?