Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, chairman of PRCB, was joined by fellow conservatives Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR); David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Paul Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, in urging lawmakers to use NSA hearings to establish a solid foundation for restoring much needed constitutional checks and balances to intelligence law.
In one sense, this is a good thing. People on his own team are starting to resist Bush’s unprecedented authoritarianism. This may be the turning point, and if we’ve dodged the bullet, that’s great.
On the other hand, these are all reptilian hard-right ideologues. If we’re relying on guys like them to save us, it’s a sign of our own terrible weakness. The Democratic cadaver still twitches now and then, but from the beginning the Democrats have failed to effectively oppose Bush’s excesses. The courts haven’t been much better, and the media have been even worse. The only limits Bush has had to contend with are those which come from within his own party. That sounds like an authoritarian one-party state to me.
And if I haven’t ruined your day yet: Norquist and the others are pretty nasty, but the Republicans supporting Bush are much worse, and they’re still in the majority. Maximum Leader Bush might just decide to purge the intellectuals and ideologues in his party, and remain in power with the sole support of parasites, lackeys, and goons. This is something that’s happened at other times and in other places, and it’s an understatement to say that it ain’t pretty.