STOP making me scared for my future. STOP IT NOW!
If you missed it, the Senate passed a bill yesterday that not only TRAMPLES on the Bill of Rights, it laughs in the face of the Geneva Conventions. There’s a great article written by Molly Ivins that does much to explain exactly what this bill does. (Thanks Kristy for the link.)
I am sick of the “religious right.” I am sick of this dysfunctional bi-partisan system. I am the furthest thing from a Republican. But I’ve discovered that I’m not a Democrat, either.
Democrats are pussies. They can’t stand up and speak their mind. They are not organized. They are not REPRESENTING me or my friends… you know those of us who believe that our rights are inalienable. That the President does NOT have the right to start wars, name enemy combatants, detain and TORTURE anyone he deems worthy. That he DOES have to have a search warrant to listen to our phone calls, read our emails, arrest us or otherwise wipe his ass with the Constitution.
I am really sorry for everyone who lost a loved one in the attacks on September 11. I really am. It was devastating, and awful and worthy of revenge.
Enough is ENOUGH. Do you think any of the 3000 people killed that day would approve of what is happening now? Do you think they would agree that the thousands and thousands of Afgani and Iraqi civilians that have been killed by our troops is still not enough? Do you think the loss of 2500+ American soldiers would be ok with them? I don’t think so.
Our government is failing us. Miserably. And what’s worse, we sit around talking about it… watching bobbleheads run their mouths on any one of our 500 cable channels… but no one is DOING ANYTHING!
Bill Clinton got a fucking BLOWJOB and did what nearly every red-blooded man on the planet would do, he lied about it. The entire world fell apart. Called for and received his impeachment.
Where are those people now? How much more will they let Bush get away with? How long before the Democrats grow spines and put a stop to this shit? How long before even the Republicans become embarrassed?
To my foreign readers, I am ashamed. I am ashamed that we are the unfunny joke of the world. I am ashamed that we are pushing an idea of democracy all over the planet, when our own is NOT WORKING.
I guess the bright spot is that within two years, we will no longer have a democracy to worry about.
And just because it’s not posted enough, and not read enough, and not committed to memory… I’d like to include here the text of the first ten amendments to the Constitution, aka, The Bill of Rights:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
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.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program already in progress…