Friday, May 27, 2011

Patriort Act Signing: Two Quick Updates

Update 1:  I have recently written that symbolism and metaphors matter.  This paragraph from the San Francisco Chronicle illustrates an interesting symbolic message about the signing of the Patriot Act extension

With Obama in France, the White House said the president used an autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. It is only used with proper authorization of the president.
Are Americans to believe that a terrorist attack is so imminent that it would have occurred in the hours it would have taken to fly to fly an actual copy of the bill to France to have President Obama personally sign it into law? 

People fear the law because they believe it skirts constitutional limitations and uses technology to do it.  Now President Obama uses technology to sign the extension.  I don't care that signatures on letters use an autopen, but laws should have actual signatures.  The symbolism here matters; this signing method symbolizes that both Democrats and Republicans give only lip service to the idea of protecting civil liberties.

Update 2:  The Madville Times point out that South Dakota's delegation didn't stand up for the Constitution.

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