So we, as Americans, long ago allowed our fear of what seemed like an invisible foreign enemy to infect our political system and gut the checks on democracy instituted by our Founding Fathers. It hasn’t been the first time in our history that our politicians—Democrat and Republican—have failed us, but that is cold comfort to the fact that power surrendered is rarely returned. This latest bill is just another timely reminder that we have leaders too craven to fear to put a sunset on what were supposed to be temporary limits to freedom. Fear of weakness, fear of what might happen should there be any kind of successful terrorist attack, from a failed underwear bomber to an apocalypse. After all, think of what kind of ads an opponent might run in the next election.