Retroactive immunity: frustration and disappointment

by: Darcy Burner

Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 19:42

A couple of months ago I shot a quick video expressing my appreciation for the House standing up and refusing to grant retroactive immunity around warrantless wiretapping. I guess I should pull it down now, and replace it with this one.

We need better Democrats.

Darcy Burner :: Retroactive immunity: frustration and disappointment
Honestly, I don't understand why at this point any member of Congress would think it was a good idea to give George Bush the power to grant immunity to anyone he wants around warrantless wiretapping - and to cover all tracks in the process. George Bush has proven, over and over again, that he cannot be trusted to uphold either the letter or the spirit of the laws that protect the people of the United States from the abuse of our government.

The Fourth Amendment is not particularly ambiguous about this:

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.

All I can say is that I'm sorry Congress failed on this one - and that I will honor the pledge I hope to take to uphold the Constitution.

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Thanks for standing with us. (4.00 / 2)
I wish the House of Representatives already had your strong voice among them.  In the meantime, I just sent a small contribution your way.

Your leadership has been tremendous (4.00 / 3)
Not just on this issue, but certainly on this one for a long time. Thank you for taking the stand that too few seem willing to "risk."

John McCain opposes the GI Bill.

Is glass 54.9% full, or 45.1% empty? (4.00 / 1)
Dems in the House actually voted against the FISA bill 128, 105, for whatever that is worth.  (At least a bag of chips.)

So what? .. (4.00 / 1)
When the House leadership is a bunch of spineless, cowardly fools .. why can't Pelosi keep the caucus in line?

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Pelosi voted for it (4.00 / 2)
She is not on our side.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

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Now the real challange is (0.00 / 0)
getting that majority to elect a leadership with a backbone that will follow the will of the majority on this issue.

On most issues the problem is a few dozen Blue Dogs and a leadership that won't stand firm. The majority of the Democrats in the House are on the right side but the leadership doesn't listen.

The two biggest problems in the leadership are Hoyer and Rahm. We need to find strong challengers for both.  

John McCain: Beacuse lobbyists should have more power

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Excellent (4.00 / 2)
Can't wait to see you and Rush Holt (D-NJ) teaming up on these issues next session.  

can somebody post a link to where (0.00 / 0)
we can donate to her campaign?

What you need isn't what you get (0.00 / 0)
And that's unity with telecom apologizers and change for the worse instead.
Surprised, anyone?

A Question (0.00 / 0)
Working on the premise that this was all about permanently hiding Dem complicity (if only by silence) in Bush/Cheney lawlessness

I would like someone to tell me just what was it they offered to Hoyer in turn for his running interference for them

Pelosi wouldn't offer him the gavel he so covets, no sign he wants to run for Senate, yet more campaign cash in an already tsunami year for Dems   -  what was it ??


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