Monday, January 28, 2008

Yes America, you should be afraid ... of the Republicans

Prepare to be frightened tonight when President Bush gives his state of the union address. He will try to frighten you by saying "9/11, 9/11, 9/11." But even more frightening is the bill he wants Congress to pass, which extends the expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). From ThinkProgress:
This afternoon, “the Senate will vote on whether to cut off debate about reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-NV) is working against the motion, and it is expected that Republicans will not have the 60 votes needed to end the discussion.”
Democratic support of the bill is contentious due to the inclusion of retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies, so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is pushing for a temporary extension of the expiring legislation in order to reach a compromise. But President Bush is threatening to veto it.
Big man on campus is thumping his chest, posturing before he gives his speech tonight. And now he has his lackeys lined up in the Senate. I nearly drove off the road this morning when I heard this on NPR this morning:
Speaking to NPR today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bellowed that “the American people should be frightened”:

It’s not about frightening the American people. The American people should be frightened and remember full well what happened on 9/11. They also remember with gratitude that this has not happened again for six years.

And no matter what your opinion of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, give them both credit for returning to Washington today to vote on this important issue. (That's right -- they both have day jobs, don't they?)

4 comments:

Samvnw51 said...

Well Sue,

I guess none of your relatives or friends were murdered on 9/11. Otherwise, your out of control "Bush hatred" wouldn't have you so blinded that you'd want to risk your friends and relatives that are still alive.

Sue J said...

I guess none of your relatives or friends were murdered on 9/11.

samvnw51, unfortunately that's not true.

And that is exactly why I am so upset with people who use the terrorist acts on 9/11 as an excuse to strip away our civil rights and commit torture.

The Bush Administration has done nothing to bring to justice the real terrorists who perpetrated the acts of 9/11. Instead, they mislead the American public and use it as an excuse to violate the Constitution and go to war -- sending off thousands of young Americans who fight and die in the name of democracy.

I can see very clearly, thanks.

Kevin Brink said...

Sue,
Once again you show that your partisanship is held above U.S. security needs.

Where were we misled? I assume you mean Iraq. Well, if you would allow yourself logical analysis, the first Iraq war was never ended. It was suspended by a cease fire - no treaty - with certain requirements which the UN was supposed to uphold. They never did even though they said "do it or else" 17 more times - effectively reauthorizing force every time. No government on earth or the UN believed the weapons destroyed. No further "approvals" were even necessary but Bush went hat in hand once more to the UN which didn't intend to do anything.

BTW, we're still in Bosnia and Kosovo which were both done by Clinton without UN approval. What's the difference?

Finally, name one of your civil rights that has been violated and specifically what has changed in your actual life.

Some trivia for you. Did you realize that the UN is an UNELECTED body? I assume you're one of the bozos that wish they were our world government. THINK.

Sue J said...

I assume you're one of the bozos

Don't you think it's a sign of a weak argument to fall back on name calling?

I'm not sure where you made the leap from me not wanting our government to have warrantless wiretapping and ignoring the writ of habeus corpus to making the UN "our world government."

I guess I'm one of the few who believes we can have a secure nation and still uphold the Constitution.

But thanks for commenting.