Take Them ALL Down.

Today, the Congress has forever destroyed the reputation of the United States of America as a defender of freedoms and human rights. The Detainee bill has passed, and legalized torture, at the whim and dictates of the President, is now the law of the land.

There was no filibuster, as the Democrats had no spines. They refused to stand up for the values of this country, for fear of being painted in the forthcoming election as “weak on Terror” — which will happen anyway (and has already begun), for their votes against the bill. The majority of Democratic legislators voted against torture….and history will remember that. But they half-assed it, and didn’t fight as hard as they were able….for fear of losing their jobs. History will remember that, as well.

Both sides are responsible — the Democrats for not fighting, and the Republicans for rubber-stamping the wishes of a dictatorial Presidency and forever decimating the Constitution and the rule of law.

The truth is that there is a rogue presidency and there has been since Bush came to power.

It is increasingly obvious, but no one dares to admit it publicly. The very thought that the US government is seriously broken – that the Executive branch is out of control and answerable to no-one, is such a potentially world-shattering revelation that it can never be publicly acknowledged. If ever it is, if the Congress and the Supreme Court openly assert that the Executive branch has run amok, the consequences are beyond imagining. The crisis that everyone feared in the early 70s — what if Nixon refuses to step down? What will that do to the country? — will play out in full view of the world’s 24-7 media.

The bill legalizing torture was nothing more than Congress continuing the pretense that they still have some influence over an Executive that from day one has been governing, not as if they had a mandate, but as if Bush were a dictator. If, for some miracle, the Detainee bill didn’t pass, every member of Congress knows that the Administration would keep on torturing. If Congress were to pass a law which unequivocably banned torture outright and send it to him, he’d riddle it with “signing statements” and use it for toilet paper. If the Supreme Court were to rule against Bush in the harshest and bluntest language, he’d have his cronies bitch about “activist judges” and continue on his merry way.

When Bush ascended to the White House, protesters carried signs that read “The Emperor Has No Votes.” Of course, the hundreds of thousands of people who protested were barely shown by the media.

Now, the “emperor” needs no votes — and the signs, if any should ever be brave enough to carry them, should read: “The People Have No Representatives.”

If this doesn’t motivate you to action, then nothing ever will.

7 Replies to “Take Them ALL Down.”

  1. Actions???

    Oh gods if only the idle, lazy, over educated of this nation rose up and took action against this government!
    Ah but what to do? History is showing that demonstrations, once the tool of radical reform, are currently of little or no use. Voting for fringe parties shows ones dipleasure but does nothing to give one a voice that is heard in your two party republic. Letter campaigns? Ha!
    Run to Canada? The government there as well has been taken control of by the right wing. It only took us a little longer. We are behind in the trend cycle. And by doing so you admit defeat and give the power absolutly to the corrupt administration as described above.
    Unless you are prepared for anarchy and violence I suggest getting involed at the local level. Run yourself, or convince a friend who doesnt have the skeletons in the closet that you might have to run instead. And then convince your friends to throw their support behind them as well.
    Work the system or tear the system down. Any other good ideas?

    Ashe

  2. As much as the Democrats are spineless now, I think they mostly always have been. Same with Republicans. As a whole, I mean, because there are individuals of conscience who show up every so often.

    That being the case, I’m at odds with myself because I’d like them to come out and say, “Listen, we really weren’t going to win this one no matter what, sorry not to give in to the drama, but we’ll pass a reversal of this when we come to power in November.”

    I can hope?

  3. Re: Dude

    Theres a little part of me that doesn’t think that such a bad idea…

    Although I prefer my alen dictators a little less camp. :)

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