I usually vote Democrat. That’s because where I live they are much more likely to uphold democratic values — including the value of personal liberties guaranteed in the US Constitution. The current Republican Party is hopeless on civil liberties, being such cowards they are ready to throw personal freedoms under the bus whenever George W. shouts “terrorist.” Upholding personal liberties is not the sole property of Democrats. Many Libertarians also hold this position strongly, although not all do. And unfortunately, not all Democrats do either. I will not support any Democrat whose regard for Constitutional guarantees is so weak they are willing to authorize Bush’s demand he be allowed to conduct wiretaps without court oversight — warrantless wiretaps.
But that is exactly what 16 weakling Democratic Senators did when they joined all of their spineless Republican colleagues in passing Bush’s FISA bill. None of the Democratic presidential candidates voted for this monstrosity. 28 Democrats voted against it. Senators Boxer, Kerry and Harkin wimped out and didn’t vote. For shame. In the House there were 43 Democratic turncoats — willing to sell out personal freedoms for what? Not having to worry about an assault from some right wing Republican in their next election? Profiles in Courage — not.
I don’t care if they are Democrats or Republicans or Independents. They voted to sell out rights guaranteed to all of us in the US Constitution, rights many generations have sacrificed for. They will not get any of my support. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) solicits campaign contributions to get Democrats elected to congress. They help support these scumbags. I won’t actively work against them because the Republican alternatives are worse or as bad and a Democratic congress is better for most of us who aren’t rich than a Republican one. But I won’t support them, either, and that means I won’t send a goddamn cent to the DCCC. Not one penny. Instead my paltry contributions will go to Act Blue, a creature of the civil liberties respecting netroots and an opponent of Democratic hacks like Rahm Emmanuel and Chuck Schumer of the DCCC.
And the outrage of the netroots is papable. Here are the occupants of the Democrat Hall of Shame:
In the Senate
Evan Bayh (Indiana); Tom Carper (Delaware); Bob Casey (Pennsylvania); Kent Conrad (North Dakota); Dianne Feinstein (California); Daniel Inouye (Hawai?i); Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota); Nancy Mary Landrieu (Louisiana); Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas); Claire McCaskill (Missouri); Barbara Mikulski (Maryland); Bill Nelson (Florida); Ben Nelson (Nebraska); Mark Pryor (Arkansas); Ken Salazar (Colorado); Jim Webb (Virginia)
In the House:
Herseth Sandlin (SD)
As for the Republicans, to a person they are even more vile than these Democrat losers. At least the Democrats were two to one against this butchery of the Constitution. For the one third that weren’t, they get and deserve nothing but my contempt and, I think, the contempt of many Americans, Republican and Democrat alike.