Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

FISA and the White Flags of Steny Hoyer

In the middle of Glenn Greenwald's piece on how Steny Hoyer is of the opinion that total surrender is the same as compromise, comes this little piece of information:

Look at Question 16 of this Fox News poll: Republicans think that Congress is doing a better job than do Democrats.

Think about that for a bit. That is what the constant and unremitting surrender by the Democratic leadership in the Congress, particularly Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, gets you. The Republicans are happy.

The Democrats give Bush every fucking cent he wants on Iraq. They give Bush everything he wants on FISA.

Even worse, did you know that it is not just wiretapping anymore? Under the new FISA bill, the Attorney General can send his goon squads to search anyplace they want and, seven days later, they have to apply for a retroactive warrant.

The FISA blog has the scoop on this

Let's face it: Under this Administration and under this Congress, there has been a bipartisan consensus that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is a dead letter. "Dead letter" is a legal term for "it ain't worth the fucking paper it's written on."

Fourth Amendment, 1791- 2008, read as follows:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

This is part of why we kicked out the Lobsterbacks in the 1700s, folks. Freedoms and liberties, such as the Fourth Amendment, is why we had a revolution to begin with.

The Democrats and the Republicans have sold our most sacred birthrights for the mere hope of security and safety. They are all gutless, spineless, soulless, worthless, despicable cowards, pure and simple.

More than that: They are enemies of the Constitution of the United States.


BadTux said...

Yah. I'd do something about it, too, except then I might have to rouse myself from my life of indolent consumerism and, well, actually risk something. Far better to just sit in my armchair, Bud in hand, faithful dog panting at my feet, watching the football game on TV and muttering to my spouse, "man, someone ought to do something about that."

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Comrade Misfit said...

I contacted my semi-worthless Senators. But as for more, well, that is a game for the young.

Earl said...

Just as they want to go around the 2nd Amendment, they definitely want to trash the 4th, they (the POWERS that BE) don't want to sustain more than an illusion of a Republic, with Justice, Liberty and Freedom for All. But then the good people are all out working at real work, not politics. I shouldn't be so bitter, bile is not nice without fat to digest... or something.

Chuck Pergiel said...

Gleen Greenwald is a jackass, or he does a good job of playing one in his column. Rant, rant, rant. I don't know if there are any facts in his column because the whole thing was obscured with his ranting.

BadTux said...

Wow, chuckles, thanks for cluing me in on the error of my ways. I shouldn't rant about our so-called "leaders" destroying our rights. I should simply say "boy, what a pity!" and turn on the television and watch the latest reality TV show. Thank you for your contribution!

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin