We Have Met the Enemy

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by shep

And it isn’t just made of Republicans.

19 Senate Democrats, led by the miserable Jay Rockefeller, enabled by the mendacious Harry Reid just voted:

”…to legalize warrantless spying on the telephone calls and emails of Americans, and will also provide full retroactive amnesty to lawbreaking telecoms, thus forever putting an end to any efforts to investigate and obtain a judicial ruling regarding the Bush administration's years-long illegal spying programs aimed at Americans. The long, hard efforts by AT&T, Verizon and their all-star, bipartisan cast of lobbyists to grease the wheels of the Senate -- led by former Bush 41 Attorney General William Barr and former Clinton Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick -- are about to pay huge dividends, as such noble efforts invariably do with our political establishment.”
--Glen Greenwald

As Dan Froomkin puts it: “"isn't that the very definition of a police state: that companies should do whatever the government asks, even if they know it's illegal?"

Why yes it is. It is also the exact definition of the word fascism when what the government asks infringes on the rights of the people to benefit “the state”.

Greenwald again:

”…a large number of elected Democrats vote in favor of the radical Bush agenda for a very simple reason: they believe in it. Despite the glorious "D" after their name, their views are materially indistinguishable from the defining ones of the Bush faction on the key issues. A huge portion of Congressional Democrats are members of the corrupt, bipartisan Beltway political establishment first, and everything only follows that, and they thus embrace and support the values of that establishment.”

Progressives have their work cut out for them. After we rout Republicans from the White House and the Congress, progressive will still have their work cut out for them. Purging Joe Lieberman from the party was a good step. And another Bush Dog Democrat was sent to another fat cat lobbying job by progressives supporting Maryland’s Donna Edwards, against the full force and might of Nancy Pelosi and the “corrupt, bipartisan Beltway political establishment,” wing of the Democratic Party.

I know who’s next on my wish list. Just don’t make me move to Delaware.

[Cross-posted on Dispassionate Liberal]


Ara Rubyan Author Profile Page said:

OK, so here's the thing: if the Democrats take the White House, can we not expect that this law will be repealed?

shep Author Profile Page said:

I wouldn't. If that Democrat is Barak Obama, since he bothered to show up and vote against it, and if Democrats have 60 votes in the Senate, that makes it a possibility. Only a possibility unless something else in the equation changes.

shep Author Profile Page said:

Remember, nineteen fucking Democrats voted against the 4th Amendment and for executive branch felony, telecom immunity and the coverup of same

Ara Rubyan Author Profile Page said:

I'm just saying that the atmospherics of a president announcing from the Oval Office that "somewhere this morning, terrorists are plotting their next attack" does have a hypnotic effect on the similarly weak-minded. Without that pressure, perhaps the vote would go differently next time.

shep Author Profile Page said:

I hope that you're right. I am a big believer in the transformative power of good (or bad) leadership. That's why I (and I think many others) picked Barak Obama. But read Greenwald's last paragraph again. I think that's about right (and may also come close to describing the other remaining Democratic candidate).

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