Conservative criticism is puzzling

Open government, the rights of individual citizens and less government interference have historically and appropriately been principles of American conservatism.

With these principles in mind it is hard to comprehend the recent attacks on Congressman Tim Walz for defending them. Government secrecy and domestic spying are the reasons for opposing the passage of the administration’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The administration demands immunity from prosecution for past illegal spying without acknowledging how, why, or what spying took place. They are asking for a blank check.

A crucial question: When progressives occupy the executive branch of our government, will these same critics continue to favor increased domestic surveillance?

Joe Mayer


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