Friday, December 30, 2005

As the New York Times tries to make political hay (and book sales) over warrantless wiretaps between terorrists, and Harry Reid cheers the "killing" of the Patriot Act most people aren't all that upset. A recent poll finds that a majority of the people in this country think that the President, and the NSA were doing their job of trying to protect this country.
Natinal Security Agency: "December 28, 2005--Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely.

Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure."
The good part of this survey is that people are following this story closely. And that only about a quarter of the people surveyed have bought in to the idea that this Administration is doing something unprecedented.

The truth is that almost all Presidents, since wiretaps were invented, have ordered wiretaps and surveillance sans court approval. The liberals and their cohorts in the press have tried to attach this to Bush in what was probably seen as an opportunity to start impeachment proceedings.

It is incredibly arrogant to try to condemn the President for doing his job and hope that the average person will be enraged just because it sounds bad. How dare people find out that the move was legal and not unprecedented? How dare they realize that in the aftermath of 9/11 extreme measures were called for? And how dare they not call for Dubya's blood because he didn't bow before the almighty Judicial Branch?

And now that arrogance and blatant hatred for our President is biting them in the butt. Bush's approval ratings are back up and people are increasingly optimistic about the economy, Iraq, and this Country's direction. And It think it might be just a little bit possible that the NSA wiretap story helped with this. Some people might have actually been encouraged that we didn't stay asleep at the wheel. You think? Maybe?