George W. Bush has arrogated to himself the power to violate the Constitution. Among other things, like suspending due process and free speech, he has claimed the ability to open and read your physical mail, and to intercept and read your e-mail. In short, he is violating the Fourth Amendment, which has been in effect since 1791.
And our Glorious Representatives in Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, are going to let him get away with it, and soon, because they're recessing after the 4th of July.
It seems that making Congress show up to work 5 days a week instead of 3 is the extent of the Democrats' reforms after their election in 2006. There is no political price to pay for standing up for the Constitution, but somehow the Democrats in Congress have become afraid of actually getting dirty. The Republicans might call them liberals! Soft on terror! Traitors! That's bad for our image!
Well, Nan, Hal, it's bad for your image to rush through President Bush's wish list because you want your fucking vacation. You are enabling the biggest tyrant in American history since we threw off the yoke of George III. This domestic spying program is illegal and unnecessary, and the only reason Bush (or someone pulling his strings) is pushing for it is because he cannot bear the idea of fettered power. That's right. He doesn't like the program that's already in place to allow him to spy on you, because that makes him get a warrant after the fact. He doesn't want that much hassle, man, writing a letter to a court that'll rubberstamp it and have it back on his desk within 24 hours. Don't you know he's got three rounds of golf to abstain from in support of the troops?
President Bush wants to know what you're saying in that Christmas card to dear old Aunt Letitia. He wants to know what you're saying in that email to your brother about your weekend at that couples resort in Jamaica. Does he deserve to know those things? Can any third party ever deserve to know these things without probable cause?
That's why Lambert at Corrente has declared today National Fourth Amendment Defense Day.
Maybe we can't change Nan's mind, or Hal's, because that vacay is just so fucking important to them, and Bush won't let them go to Florida until they cave in, but we can perhaps influence our freshman senator from Illinois. He has recently said that the War on Terror will be his number-one concern in office. Perhaps we can wake him up to the fact that losing our liberty in defense of our liberty is defeating the purpose.
Obama's voicemail: (202) 224-2854
Obama's fax: (202) 228-4260