Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Another loss for the Bill of Rights

The cowards in the Senate once more gave in to a lame duck President today, voting 68-29 to grant ridiculous spying powers to a President who doesn't give a damn about our Constitution. The bill also gives immunity to the telecom companies who without a doubt broke the FISA laws by allowing illegal wiretaps on American citizens.

In all my years of study, I can't find an instance where the American people rolled over for an authoritarian government the way we've rolled over for everything Bush and Cheney insist upon. The saddest thing is that most people don't even seem to realize what's being done to them in the name of fear and national security.

Jay Rockefeller and Joe Lieberman, along with every other Senator who voted for this bill, should be ashamed of themselves. How much are we willing to put up with from people who supposedly represent us, the citizens whom the Constitution and Bill of Rights is supposed to protect?

I'm telling you, if the Democrats somehow manage to lose the election this year, then the America I in which I grew up and for which I served in the Armed Forces will be in serious danger of disappearing.

UPDATE: See this post by Glenn Greenwald in Salon for a thorough explanation of just exactly how wrong this is for our country.

1 comment:

Farnsworth68 said...

Despite the cowardly quailing of the Senate, I'm proud to say the the House called the Rethugs' bluff and made them stomp out like petulant two-year-olds.
Not that any cogent explanation of what is really going on with the bill made it into the MSM/SCLM, but jeez, who's surprised at that?
-- The F Man