I told myself when I started these posts that they would contain only anti-Republican material. I was going to leave the Democrats alone until the election.
Their capitulation on the FISA bill strains my intentions, however. If we hadn't lived through eight years of the Worst President Ever, I'd be ready right now to throw my vote away in November.
There are a few Democrats out there who understand. One is my senator, Barbara Boxer:
[I]n late 2005, we learned that the U.S. government had again violated the trust of the American people when the New York Times published a story exposing a warrantless surveillance program authorized by President Bush shortly after 9/11.
Since that time, Congress and the American people have been grappling with the disclosure and working, with absolutely no help from the Bush Administration, to find out exactly what happened.
Unfortunately, what we have before us today is a bill that would not only deny the Court the ability to finally make a judicial determination as to the legality of the NSA program but would effectively guarantee immunity for the telecommunications companies that cooperated with the Administration and violated the privacy of their customers....
The Bush Administration trampled on the Constitution, and we are not doing anything in this bill to provide accountability.
This bill goes along with the premise that we hold up the Constitution when it suits us, and we set it aside when it hinders what we want to do.
Simply put, this bill is a fig leaf that attempts to hide the truth about the warrantless surveillance program at the expense of the rights of our citizens.
And if we vote for it today, we are perpetuating a cover-up....
I believe it is the responsibility of the Congress to provide all of the tools necessary to fight terrorism and protect the American people.
But we have another responsibility, I believe, of equal importance; and that is our responsibility to uphold the Constitution and the rights of our citizens....
[W]e should remember, as former Justice Thurgood Marshall said, “History teaches us that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.”
So our brave soldiers are fighting for freedom on one hand, while our government is covering up the erosion of our freedoms with the other....
We can and must do better, and therefore I oppose this bill.
My representative in the House, another Democrat, Barbara Lee, lays it out: