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  •  Reporting for duty! When do we take that hill ? (4.00)
    As a member of Congress I keep wondering when do we actually move forward .  Should the net be used as the instrument by which we start the tide  moving?  We have no vote of confidence but we do have this method to get people moving by signing a petition urging the Congress to act.  Nothing will happen until Jan 2007 when the control in Washington shifts back to the center .  But the momentum will be building .  Jim McDermott
    •  Mr. McDermott. (4.00)
      Thanks for joining in this discussion!

      I have a question for you:  Given the fact that you and the other Dems are surrounded by scandal, proven liars, corruption, and blatant manipuation of rules (parliamentary procedure), then why cannot anything be done BEFORE 2007?

      I suggest that you confer with your Democratic peers and protest.  Refuse to play by their ever-changing rules.  Refuse to let them "take the ball and go home" by just not playing at all.

      I seem to recall some sort of "gridlock" when Clinton was President, and didn't this happen when the Repubs were in the minority?

      There needs to be some sort of unified front that the Dems can start showing NOW...cuz you're running the risk of some Repubs stepping forward and creating their own "resistance" to their own party...and then what happens?  The Dems (once again) get painted as the weak and the Repubs get painted as the "knights in shining armour coming to the rescue of America".

      Dems have to fight NOW...and as loudly as you can!

      What do you think?

      •  Ditto That Congressman (4.00)
        Welcome to the discussion - I hope we see your comments around here often in the coming months.

        The more we hear from our Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, the more fired-up we'll all get.  Use this and other forums as your bully pulpit.  Get the word out.  Rally the troops.  This and other sites are a mighty tool in our efforts - use them!

        by Alegre on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 10:49:26 AM PST

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      •  In full agreement here. N/T (none)
    •  What Does It Take? (4.00)
      Seriously - how much information and evidence do we have to collect before the Republican leadership actually stops making excuses for this sh*t, and takes action to hold folks accountable for the crimes, lies, dead and maimed soldiers, dead and innocent Iraqis, our looted treasury, lack of services, lost jobs, lack of health care coverage, lost homes, the total failures in the aftermath of Katrina...

      The list goes on and on and on and on and Sensenbrenner and Spector and Hastert and the rest of the crooks do NOTHING!

      Come 2007, many will be out of office.  Some will be behind bars.  Will we, the public be able to file lawsuits against them for their failure to do their duty to us (their constituents) - and to the Constitution?

      by Alegre on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 10:47:16 AM PST

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    •  things are happening NOW (4.00)
      we're reaching the Tipping Point, critical mass - the tide is building....
    •  Proud to live in Jim's district (4.00)
      Congressman Jim McDermott always makes me proud.  Thanks for being there (and for being here!)

      Lets keep the pressure on these criminals who have taken over our country!

    •  Does Congress have the courage? (none)
      The federal court that has jurisdiction over spying on terror suspects in the United States  refused to give the Justice Department broad new powers, saying the government had misused the law and misled the court dozens of times back in August of 2002. If that was the case, how can Congress overlook the fact that the administration is aggressively and arrogantly breaking the law. It was my impression that the majority of Congress people in both houses and both parties are lawyers. If I am a CEO of any company, and a court ruled I was legally estopped to do something to employees of my company, and I do it anyway because I feel to do it will save my company from bancruptcy, am I not in violation of the law and subject to prosecution? My main question is "does the Constitution" make any President, at anytime (in war or in peace) above the law of the land? Since the opposition party is in the minority, what recourse do Americans have to counteract the acts of a tyrannical majority party in power with no precedence of acting in the best interests of the country (re: the Bill of Rights) over that of their own party?

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