Saturday, December 17, 2005

Washington Post article may be a turning point. 

The Washington Post is finally starting to run articles that address the egregious complacency with which Congress has treated Bush' antics for the past five years...

Democrats on the committee said the panel issued 1,052 subpoenas to probe alleged misconduct by the Clinton administration and the Democratic Party between 1997 and 2002, at a cost of more than $35 million. By contrast, the committee under Davis has issued three subpoenas to the Bush administration, two to the Energy Department over nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, and one last week to the Defense Department over Katrina documents.

Wow, 1052 to 3? That's impressive. I had no idea the Dems were 350 times less law-abiding than the Republicans. Funny, this doesn't seem to be the ratio in the Abramoff scandal, for example.

Let's see what the GOP has turned a blind eye to:

Specifically, Democrats list 14 areas where the GOP majority has "failed to investigate" the administration, including the role of senior officials in the abuse of detainees; leaking the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame; the role of Vice President Cheney's office in awarding contracts to Cheney's former employer, Halliburton; the White House's withholding from Congress the cost of a Medicare prescription drug plan; the administration's relationship with Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi; and the influence of corporate interests on energy policy, environmental regulation and tobacco policy.

What about the election fraud and the continuing slew of Diebold debacles? What about the lack of WMDs? Guantanamo? Bagram? Abu Ghraib? The latest Bush espionage scandal? The Bush-whacked debates? The missing footage of the supposed Pentagon/737 attack? The follow-on to the planned detonation of WTC Building 7? I'm willing to listen to rational explanations for all of these, but I want someone to give them.

Finally, someone is beginning to note that Congress, impotent and unimportant, is betraying our democracy. Do something, Reps and Sens--hand out some subpoenas. There's plenty of reasons to do so.


Friday, December 16, 2005

One of 5,800... 

We have to start somewhere. And though a lot of kudos will come out of today's torture ban (which is nothing more than an affirmation that International Law, to which the US has signed up, will be upheld), it is just a starting point. Still, it's the right place to start.

Where to end? Balkanize Iraq, get NATO and the U.N. involved, vote Democrat in 2006 (even if you were a lifelong Independent, like yours Vulfy--lesser of two evils), hand Bush, Cheney & co. subpoenas, work on alternate energies, plant a tree. We can all do something.

MoveOn.org thanked us, and it feels good...a good start, that is.

Dear Vulf,

In a 308-122 vote, the House of Representatives approved the torture ban late yesterday.1 And today, after both chambers of Congress voted to take torture off the table, even the White House caved. After months of resistance, Vice President Cheney and the administration will accept the ban.

You and others reported more than 5,800 calls to key representatives in advance of the vote asking that the House support the torture ban. This pressure was key in pushing the House toward a vote.

As Congressman Murtha said during the debate, "torture does not help us win the hearts and minds of the people it's used against." It's impossible to lead on human rights while we condone torture in our own back yard. That's why the ban is so important.

Thank you for helping make sure America stands for freedom and opportunity—not torture.

1. "House Backs McCain on Detainees, Defying Bush," New York Times, December 15, 2005http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/15/politics/15detain.html
2. "White House Said to Agree with McCain on Detainees," New York Times, December 15, 2005http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1278


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