Friday, December 23, 2005

Misguided Republicans: Taft, Pryce

Ohio's Republican Governor Bob Taft is prepared to sign a bill that would allow arrests without just cause. According to a story at Channel 5, it is called Ohio's Patriot Act:
...One state representative said it resembles Gestapo-style tactics of government, and there could be changes coming on the streets of Ohio's small towns and big cities.The Ohio Patriot Act has made it to the Taft's desk, and with the stroke of a pen, it would most likely become the toughest terrorism bill in the country. The lengthy piece of legislation would let police arrest people in public places who will not give their names, address and birth dates, even if they are not doing anything wrong.WEWS reported it would also pave the way for everyone entering critical transportation sites such as, train stations, airports and bus stations to show ID."It brings us frighteningly close to a show me your papers society," said Carrie Davis of the ACLU, which opposes the Ohio Patriot Act.There are many others who oppose the bill as well."The variety of people who opposed to this is not just a group of the usual suspects. We have people far right to the left opposing the bill who think it is a bad idea," said Al McGinty, NewsChannel5’s terrorism expert...

It is incredible that Ohio's worst governor, with an approval rating of under 20%, is putting into motion the beginnings of a police state.

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce seems unhappy with the majority control the Republicans have in Congress. She must want one party rule. Because the Republicans are having a difficult time keeping their own side together, they are attacking Democrats who are questioning the right wing Republican agenda. Does Pryce expect Democrats to bow down and be subservient to her party? Should Democrats allow the Republicans to take their corrupt politics and run all over our rights because they are in control? Ms. Pryce does not understand that she is serving her constituents, not her party.

"When you have a narrow majority with absolutely no help, absolutely no help, from the other side, it is never very pretty," said Representative Deborah Pryce of Ohio, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.
(New York Times)

If Rep. Pryce is unhappy with the narrow majority her party holds, we can do her a favor. We can vote Pryce and many other Republicans out of office, and they can enjoy being in the minority.