"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." — Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791.The most incredulous arguments for the passage of the Patriot Act pertain to these things. More specifically, arguing that we should be willing to give up certain rights in an effort to gain certain safety.
"They that can give up Essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." — Benjamin Franklin
All Americans should be concerned about the rights we have resigned through the passage of this Act of Congress. Each of us should be concerned enough to contact our Senator/Congressman and let them know that we cannot stand for the cause that supports the Patriot Act.
No, our government is not currently a tyranny but there is precious little preventing it from becoming such.
“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of the change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” — Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas