Thursday, September 28, 2006

On Step Closer to a New Declaration of Independence

There are still many steps until the current government has so utterly failed to protect our rights that we're going to have to protect them ourselves.

For instance, we have an election soon which will most likely upset the Republican majority. That should give us some oversight, checks and balances again. Should. Only 34 Senators voted against the Military Commissions Act, suspending the writ of Habeas Corpus and allowing the President King to define torture how he sees fit. That's not a promising sign of things to come under a Democratic majority in the Senate.

Here are the Dems who voted yea:
Carper (D-DE), Johnson (D-SD), Landrieu (D-LA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Lieberman (D-CT), Menendez (D-NJ), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Rockefeller (D-WV), Salazar (D-CO), Stabenow (D-MI).

How'd I know my Dem Senator voted for it, the Neocon-lite tool. It's that kind of BS that will prompt me to vote third party rather than support him and his detainee-torturing, flag-loving ways for another term, so I hope he gets his ass kicked in the next primary. Really, Sen. Salazar, would it be alright if we wrapped an American flag over a suspected terrorist's head while we pour water on his face to make him think he's drowning? It's so patriotic. Make sure you roll up some "goddamned piece of paper" to light your cigar as the terrorist gasps for breath.

And the Reps who voted nay:
Chafee (R-RI). So I feel a bit for Chafee who has to go simply because he helps the Reps keep their majority.

And a Senator abstained, Snowe (R-ME). Her vote wouldn't have made a difference except to her own sense of honor.

Despite the thus far pathetic performance of our Congress, there's still the Supreme Court, which should, should, reinstate Habeas Corpus and affirm the common meaning of cruel and inhuman treatment as used under international law in the Geneva Conventions, which is also a law the United States must follow.

The original Founders had a lot more grievances against their King George. We're not quite there yet.

(Disclaimer: I am not advocating armed revolution. To the FBI and Secret Service, I don't advocate assassination, just as I abhor torture and the undermining of our Constitution for political leverage. I have a lot more faith in the processes of our government than our own government, apparently)

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