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So I checked CNN.com when I woke up this morning, and was sad and angry (but not entirely surprised) to read this:

President urges House to follow Senate's lead on eavesdropping bill.

The caption below the picture of The Demander reads:

President Bush demanded his surveillance authority be extended before Congress leaves for vacation.

Why?

"Protecting America is our most solemn obligation, and I urge the House to pass this bill without delay," Bush said...

But you've got it all wrong, Mr. Demander, Sir.  If the House folds like the Senate did, we will be less safe than before, not more.

The president praised senators for acting "to give our intelligence professionals the legal tools and authority they need to keep America safe. I appreciate the hard work they did to find common ground to pass this critical bill. Today, the House of Representatives has an opportunity to consider that bill, pass it and send it to me for my signature."

The "intelligence professionals" already have the legal tools they need.  What you're trying to do, Mr. President, is to give them illegal tools, under the oversight of your criminally ignorant Attorney General.  This Attorney General is supposed to review and sign off on eavesdropping procedures...which is a strange assignment for him, considering the numerous instances in which he cannot recall what he has signed, or what his spokesperson says, or what meetings are about, or what the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Geneva Conventions, etc., say.

And why did the Senate fold?  So they could not be accused of being soft on terrorism.  The White House framed, the Senate obliged.

Here's how it should have worked.

The House drafts a bill with court oversight of the eavesdropping program.  The Senate passes the bill, too.  The President vetoes the bill.  House and Senate Democrats take to the airwaves explaining how the President's actions made it harder for the "intelligence professionals" to do their jobs.  The President's refusal to sign the bill as passed by the House and Senate would be the single reason that the FISA program was not updated.  There was no need for the Senate to cave in to The Demander.  The branches are equal, remember?

As I'm writing this, the House still has the "opportunity", the responsibility to save America- not from the terrorists, but from The Demander and his gang of warmongering criminals.

Let's all hope they make the right decision.

Originally posted to Sidof79 on Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 08:39 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ssmt, Tinfoil Hat, Native Light, Zydekos, asius

    I know there are other, better versions of this rant out there,
    but I just had to vent it myself.

    Ask me (-7.88, -6.46) about Lamar Alexander.

    by Sidof79 on Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 08:30:57 AM PDT

  •  A painfully weak and stupid congress (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Zydekos

    In the near future looms many civilization-crushing problems, such as catastrophic climate change, a severe decline in petroleum (or more specifically, extremely expensive oil, which our entire economy is essentially based on), infrastructure decay and so on.

    If this congress cannot stand up to fight and/or remove an extremely unpopular lawbreaking president with a majority in Congress...or at the very least stop legislation he demands, then how in the hell are they ever going to enact meaningful measures to solve or curb the catastophies of the very near future?

    I'd be surprised if the United States still exists within twenty years.  

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