Please visit the new home of Majikthise at

« Blackwater withdraws from industry group | Main | Blackwater's Washington ties »

October 21, 2007

Chris Dodd taking a stand on eavesdropping

Via The Poorman.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Chris Dodd taking a stand on eavesdropping:


Well I'm not American.

In fact Lindsay, I live in the country you came from.

This guy is making sense. I don't hear it too often from down there. They are a dying breed.

They are tiptoeing, slowly and surely, towards full blown fascism.

The sad thing is they have most of the tanks and bombs.

'bout time.

That would be: folks.

You can sign a petition to show your support for holding the FISA bill.

You can also donate money.

Call me cynical, but teaching politicians that supporting the Constitution will earn them money can only be a good thing.

I second Margalis on this. Dodd has no real chance at the nomination, but if you can afford to send him $25, it (1) helps Dodd to get his message out and (2) tells the other candidates that there's political gain to be had in supporting the rule of law.

I just wish he would have sacked up on these issues earlier.

If Edwards is dead by the WA caucus, Dodd gets my protest vote.

Sorry that this isn't about evesdropping, but bear with me, this is instead about the illegal war in Iraq and the Democrats' failure to stop it.

I am sick to death of hearing the fake opposition Dems in Congress moan about not having enough votes to end the war in Iraq. They give lip service to the myth that the only way to end the war is to write a bill saying "the war is now over" and send it to Bush for a prompt veto, then override the veto. They then throw up their hands, saying "Well, as you can see, we don't have the votes to override any veto, so there's no way to end the war. Sorry folks."

This is disingenious and vividly illustrates who the Dems are really serving: the establishment, not their constituents.

Here's how to end the war: No bill specifically ending the war is even necessary. Remember those supplemental funding bills the Cheney regime has to constantly ask for, to continue funding the Iraq war piecemeal instead of in yearly lump sums attached to the actual defense budget? That's the achilles' heel of their war effort. The next time Bush asks for another $80 billion or whatever to keep the Iraq bloodbath going, all the Democrats have to do to end the war is to say: NO. To say "We won't allocate one more penny for your illegal war". Last I checked the Dems have a wafer-thin majority in both houses. With no Dems voting for the next spending bill it won't be passed and thus it won't make it to Bush's desk for signing. Bush (and especially his puppetmaster Cheney) may have concentrated an inordinate amount of power in the hands of the executive branch, but even they can't send spending bills to their own desk. That necessarily has to come from Congress. If it never reaches his desk he can't sign it, and will have 2 choices: 1.pull the troops out while there is still enough money left in the pipeline so to speak to allow an orderly withdrawl (and anyone who has five or more brain cells knows that the money isn't going to run out the next day, that's a non-issue that the right wing tries to use as a scare tactic but it is ridiculously dumbed down and simply not true; they don't wait until they have $5 left before asking for another supplemental OK?); or 2.don't pull them out right away, and leave them to wither on the vine in Iraq until the money DOES completely run out and they have to withdraw from Iraq chaotically, burning their supplies and vehicles. Either way the war will end pretty soon if the Dems refuse to vote on supplementals. They don't have to write a bill saying they are cutting off funding; this is only a fig leaf so they can pretend to be doing something to end the war when all they are doing is purposely spinning their wheels. All they have to do is to NOT VOTE ON SUPPLEMENTALS. Pretty effing simple. The people NOW need to DEMAND in so many words that if the Democrats are a genuine opposition party that they will carry out the will of the people and NOT VOTE on supplementals. If they are a fake opposition party as I feel they are, and are acting not in the people's interest but playing for the same team as the Republicans, then continue with more of the same hand-wringing and impotent nonbinding resolutions that resolve nothing. Decision time Democrats. Which are you? Genuine? Or fake opposition? I think I already know the answer to that one but why don't you surprise me?

The comments to this entry are closed.