We're covered for another six months. That's a small Christmas gift from the begruding Democratic senators to the American people, but it's a whole lot better than allowing the Patriot Act to expire.
As for the "American citizens" being spied upon, relax. Unless we're chatting with terrorists on our cell phones or in e-mail, there's not much to worry about. I doubt the government has either the time or the interest to monitor me recounting my quest for a parking space at the mall to my best friend.
When my kids were growing up, I used to tell them that "Common sense isn't." Unfortunately, it's still true that common sense is a rare virtue. Let's hope and pray that wiser heads will prevail in six months to renew the Patriot Act for a reasonable length of time.
UPDATE: The Patriot Act has been shortchanged to extend only to February 3, thanks to Rep. No-Common-Sensenbrenner. He didn't want the 6-month expiration date to ruin the Independence Day holiday. Enjoy your 4th of July, Congressman. Have a beer at the picnic for the troops who are fighting to protect your sorry, spoiled, misguided butt--without the benefit of a holiday weekend.