Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

slow news day

Actually, it isn't such a slow news day. I'm pissed at what the Senate did today. Immunity for the cell phone companies? Not to mention okay to warrantless wiretapping? Failure to override the schip veto? When I heard these things I was on the road and I felt like banging my head on the steering wheel. I was composing letters in my head to the senators who went along with what Bush wants - again.

It is high time that these folks stopped putting their own political futures first. Do the right thing, regardless of what it costs you personally. Why is it such a hard concept to grasp and why is it so rarely done? Senator Chris Dodd did the right thing by putting a hold on the FISA bill. Here's what he said:

The Military Commissions Act.  Warrantless wiretapping.  Shredding of Habeas Corpus.  Torture.  Extraordinary Rendition.  Secret Prisons.

No more.

I have decided to place a "hold" on the latest FISA bill that would have included amnesty for telecommunications companies that enabled the President's assault on the Constitution by illegaly providing personal information on their customers without judicial authorization.

I said that I would do everything I could to stop this bill from passing, and I have.  

It's about delivering results -- and as I've said before, the FIRST thing I will do after being sworn into office is restore the Constitution.  But we shouldn't have to wait until then to prevent the further erosion of our country's most treasured document.  That's why I am stopping this bill today.

Go here to say thank you: http://action.chrisdodd.com/signUp.jsp?key=1570

Let's see if a few others get it now. I am so saddened by the behavior of our politicians, who think keeping their jobs (it's their perception, presumably, that they will be voted out of office and worse if they do the right thing) is more important than doing the right thing.

But!! I am so annoyed and pissy and irritable that I can't do justice to that subject right now. Maybe later. What I can do is treat you to this:

left to right: Bullet, Stretch, Toonces

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