Friday, June 20, 2008

293 Yea 129 Nay- Democratic Capitulation of our Constitution

What an embarrassing day for our Republic and for the political party I belong to. Authoritarian conservatives, lockstep support lawlessness, while the best that can be said of Democrats, is that around half of them still believe in the rule of law and in our rights under the Fourth Amendment to our constitution.

The absence of strong principled leadership within my party is truly disconcerting. What this vote may also suggest, is that Democrats were complicit with the Bush Administration in their violating the law, and therefore sought to cover their own tracks through the granting of telecom immunity. The checks and balances our constitution's framers sought to put into place, have disintegrated. Future law-breakers can just have laws passed that retro-actively legalize their actions.

In the words of my mentor Yoda, "how embarrassing."


rmwarnick said...

They all took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. Every one of them.

Obi wan liberali said...

They obviously took that oath seriously now did they.

Jennifer Killpack-Knutsen said...

I'd like to welcome any of you Democrats who want to join me in the really, really big tent that is progressive independent-ness whenever you are ready.

Even though I've given up on the Dems, though, something like this is still really depressing.

just-commenting said...

It is just another reason to be an "equal-opportunity" critic of the majority of politicians of both parties. I have been an interested observer of politics for nearly 60 years, and my disgust only grows as the years go by. (I'm sorry if that is discouraging for you younger people — but it never seems to get better).

I haven't seen competence with a reasonable measure of integrity since Truman and Eisehhower. We did have an interim of some improvement with dumb, but decent Ford and incompetent, but decent Carter, but I have seen only greater polarization and focus on self-interests (or those of one's friends) since then.

Most of what has happened in the past 25 years can be described only as WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!

It is curious that Truman moved up while under the influence of a corrupt political machine, but once he was president, his commitment to doing what was best for the country and the citizens always seemed to be the overriding influence when making decisions. How interesting that having come from a background of dirty politics, he always seemed to act with integrity as president.

Eisenhower never was much of a politician, but had spent his life serving his country, and after riding a crest of being swept into office by a country that loved him, continued to do so. His was a benign, non-controlling style of governing.

Oh, for the "good old days." But then, I must admit that memory is often a bit selective.