Sometimes, the System Works
The Patriot act got hammered due to some nice work by Senate Democrats. A few great quotes from the AP story:
Thank god for some sanity around here. See how your senator voted. Then send them an email to thank/ridicule them.
"I don't want to hear again from the attorney general or anyone on this floor that this government has shown it can be trusted to use the power we give it with restraint and care," said Feingold, the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act in 2001.
"It is time to have some checks and balances in this country," shouted Sen. Patrick Leahy, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "We are more American for doing that."