It gets hard to even pretend to care about which political party is in power when this is what you get. Democrats give lip service to protecting individual liberties in order to kill as many babies as possible and hold on to personal power. Republicans give lip service to the pro-life effort in order to project American empire and hold on to personal power. Neither of these groups would know the Constitution if it bit them in the rear:

Senate votes to extend Patriot Act
Democrats retreat from adding new privacy protections to the law

WASHINGTON – The Senate voted Wednesday to extend for a year key provisions of the nation’s counterterrorism surveillance law that are scheduled to expire at the end of the month.

In agreeing to pass the bill, Senate Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections to the USA Patriot Act.

The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote with no debate. It now goes to the House.