July 10, 2008
Not a Compromise But a Capitulation

Perhaps you heard that the Senate today decided not to investigate whether the Bush administration and the telecommunications companies broke eavesdropping laws.

Fortunately, the honorable Democrats — and I come here to praise them — managed to negotiate a relatively acceptable bargain in exchange for complete capitulation with respect to their Constitutional duties: they extracted from the Republican minority a solemn statement of agreement that despite this administration having got away with intentionally violating the letter of the law, some future administration would follow a new law. I mean, it could happen.

Remaining Americans are, I claim, outraged. Is there anything the Democrats stand for, other than “We’re not Republicans”? “We’ll argue on the Congressional floor for several extra hours before we give away your civil liberties”?

How about, “There are some things a President could do to get impeached, but for the life of me I can’t think of one”?

What’s next? Will some sycophantic Democrat want to attach the formal title of Augustus to the Oval Office? Shall we all be forced to kowtow upon approaching the Imperial presence of a man who presided over the dollar’s 41 percent drop against the euru?

We want Congress to stand up for our freedom, but they keep caving in to fear mongering! Help the ACLU spell it out for them.

The ACLU is preparing to challenge the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act in court and protect your right to privacy.

In addition, the ACLU will be taking out a full-page ad in a major national newspaper announcing the lawsuit and expressing outrage at this abandonment of our Constitutional principles. Their goal is to run an ad containing the names of tens of thousands of Americans who believe in the Constitution and want Congress to hear our message loud and clear: next time, stand up for our rights.

Sign the ACLU’s ad. Remember the old adage that you can’t use tact with your representatives in federal government; they’re hogs, and you have to hit them over the snout with a two-by-four.

Our representatives will not save us. We must save ourselves.

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Posted by Chuck Dupree at July 10, 2008 01:34 AM
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