Friday, September 29, 2006

Shame of a Nation

Let us always remember that it is the illegal actions of a Republican President that has caused a Republican Congress to ram through one of the most despicable pieces of legislation in US history.

Let us also remember that the “renegade” Republicans—McCain, Warner, and Graham—pretended to force a compromise bill (one that, in reality, capitulated to most White House demands), only to then walk away and allow Republican White House adviser Stephen Hadley and Bush administration lawyers to draft an even more sinister, draconian, and totalitarian law.

And, let us again remember that John McCain is an asshole—for after using his personal experience with torture to garner the media spotlight, and after talking up his “compromise,” he actually skipped a vote on an amendment that would have restored the compromise language, and voted against an amendment that would have restored some kind of guarantee of habeas rights to those detained.

Let us remember that McCain, along with ALMOST EVERY OTHER REPUBLICAN SENATOR, then voted for this disgusting Bush detention and torture bill. (The exceptions being Lincoln Chafee (RI), who’s in a tough reelection battle, and Olympia Snowe (ME), who did not vote—remember that, too.)

But let us also remember the names of these Senators—Senators that did not have to worry about party discipline, Senators whom, for the most part, do not have to worry about a serious election challenge in November, Senators whom were free to vote their conscience. . . and chose to vote FOR this shameful legislation:

Tom Carper (DE)
Tim Johnson (SD)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
Bob Menendez (NJ)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Ben Nelson (NE)
Mark Pryor (AR)
Jay Rockefeller (WV)
Ken Salazar (CO)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)

Connecticut for Liebermans:
Joe Lieberman (CT)

Remember those names, for they claim to represent us. Let them know that they do not. Let them know—in the name of every nameless detainee this government can now torture and lock away forever—that we will not forget nor forgive this vote. Let them know they are the shame of our party. . .

. . . and the shame of a nation.


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