So yesterday, I received a letter in the mail from my Congressman, Dennis Moore, in response to the email I sent him about his vote for the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (AKA, the suspension of Habeus Corpus and the legalization of Torture.)
Yes, a reply…despite my email saying “don’t bother.”
Three pages, going into the background of the bill….blah blah blah. Finally, near the end, he gets to his excuse: That prior to the vote, he cast a vote in favor of the Motion to Recommit (offered by Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri), which would have provided expedited judicial review of the statute, and require the reauthorization of the legislation every three years. “Unfortunately,” he writes, “the Skelton Mition to Recommit failed by a vote of 195-228.”
He continues: “Despite the failure of the Motion to Recommit, it is likely that any legislation enacted into law addressing this issue will be subject to further consideration by the courts, in order to ensure its constitutionality.”
So, in other words — he voted FOR the measure, banking on the fact that the Supreme Court will eventually take it under consideration on a constitutional basis.
MotherFUCKER. That’s ass-saving politics at its worse. He votes for a bill that he knows is wrong, simply to avoid being painted as “weak on terror”, in the hopes that the Judicial Branch will bail us out and overturn.
This smug prick thinks that he only needs to worry about the Conservatives in his district. He thinks that his position as the sole Democrat representing Kansas means that we will just hold our noses and vote for him, because the alternative means that we’d have no Democratic representation at all.
This vote was a travesty, and I want to see him taken down for his hubris. I’ll vote for the Reform Party candidate (or hell, even the Republican) this November. I hope that my fellow 3rd district liberals will do the same.
Teach him a lesson — you don’t play politics when the Constitution and the very soul of the Nation is on the line.