So, I just found out, via the Lawrence Journal World, that my representative, Democrat Dennis Moore, was one of 34 House Democrats that voted FOR the torture bill.
And get this: one of his Republican counterparts, Jerry Moran, was one of 7 GOP Congressmen to vote against the measure.
Fucking bizarro world.
I just sent the following to Moore’s office:
I am digusted that you were one of the 34 House Democrats to back the bill that suspends habeus corpus, allows the President the sole discretion to interpret the Geneva Convention, and legalizes torture.
You have had my unconditional support, as one of the few Democrats representing Kansas. No longer. What a world we live in when your Republican colleague, Rep. Jerry Moran, votes against this gutting of American values, and you vote for it.
You cannot for a moment believe that your constituents supported this legislation. It goes against everything that this Republic has stood for — I can only hope that your craven desire to avoid being painted as “soft on terror” can assuage your conscience.
I am ashamed to call you my Representative.
I’m sure that you won’t even see this — some intern will mark it as read, and I’ll receive some half-assed form letter in response, explaining your vote as providing “a framework through which our military can bring enemy combatants to justice” — Please don’t bother to send it. I’m not so gullible as to believe the talking points — and I would have hoped that you had more courage than to vote in favor of this travesty.
For all the good it will do.