Hey, I bet most of you remember back to last summer and fall, right? Remember that uproar over "the Tea Party" and how those renegades were going to come into Washington and shake things up? There was a great talk about limiting government, slashing taxes and really ending the vicious circle of corruption in DC? In other, less polite words, the same crap they peddle every time there's an election.
If you are aware of it, there was a vote today in the House to extend the Patriot Act another year. The bill failed because it needed a two-thirds majority to pass, but it just missed this goal by a handful of votes. The Patriot Act is one of the worst affronts to personal liberty ever, and it doesn't take a Constitutional scholar to see the massive infringements on the Constitution. This is the textbook example of destroying your liberty to give you the illusion of security. In practice, you and I become prisoners in an America which more resembles the police states foreseen in sci-fi and apocalyptic movies. That classic flick The Running Man comes to mind.
So, how did our incoming Congressmen vote? Did they defend liberty as they so endlessly promised? Or did they sell you down the river just to get into office?
According to the info I've thus far gleaned, there were a total of 94 incoming members of Congress. Nine were Democrats, and eighty-five were Republicans. This far, I can only verify three of them as "Tea Party Approved", and ALL THREE voted in favor of the Patriot Act!
More specifically, of the nine new Democrats, three voted for the Patriot Act, and six voted against it.
Even more specifically, take a look at the actual votes cast by all members of the House.
Among the new Republicans - the ones bleating the most incessantly about limiting government - two did not vote (and if they were in the chambers as they should have been, I call them cowards), eight voted against it (thank you for doing so), and a whopping seventy-five voted to continue the unconstitutional Patriot Act.
Well, bravo...just, bravo. Yet again, the masses fell hook, line and sinker for the lies politicians tell. There are no excuses. If you run on a platform of limiting government, you don't vote for a bill that massively expands its powers far beyond the scope of the Constitution, the law that dictates Congress' powers and points them out very clearly. Those of you incoming Congressmen who did so, shame on you. For spitting on the trust of Americans, you should resign, and you should do so immediately and publicly.
As for our intrepid Speaker, John Boehner? His name's nowhere to be seen. Now, I don't know all the rules of the House. I admit that. But I think even as Speaker, he gets to vote. And he's not even on the "No Vote" list. Nice move. The day you came out with your "Pledge to America" I knew you were full of crap. That oath you take at the beginning of every session of Congress to defend the Constitution of the United States from enemies, foreign AND domestic - THAT should be all the promise you need to make. It's an oath, it's a pretty sacred thing, or at least it used to be. Whatever happened to a man's word being his bond? When you came out with the Pledge to America, I instantly saw right through it. You're like an abusive spouse who incessantly beats his spouse, only to stop her just as she's leaving, begging and pleading, "Oh baby, if you just give me one more chance, I'll change! I promise I'll never hit you again!"
And within a week, you've got the belt in your hand, thrashing away in a blind rage. Mr. Boehner, your promises are as worthless as you are. Do America a favor and resign. In fact, how about ALL OF YOU resign? Obama, Biden, Clinton, Boehner, Pelosi - all of you. You are a broken sham of a system. You are one party, the party of the elite, pretending to be two parties to divide and conquer the American people. The Democrats and Republicans have the same corporate sponsors at the highest levels. Your party bosses are part of the same elite clubs - the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group - groups with a distinct collectivist agenda. The Democrats at least are up front about it. What pisses me off about the Republicans is that they claim to be the party of "American values" when in reality they're pushing for the same big, all -powerful central government the Democrats push, only they're just pushing it at a slower, less noticeable pace.
Like I said in my last post...we can learn a lot from the Egyptians. What America needs to do is stand up together, even if we have different opinions about which direction to go in. But we stand together, united in saying that what we have now is broken, corrupt and completely beyond repair through normal means. It is our right to petition the government when it is failing us, and it is our right to give them the boot. Waiting for elections, at this point, only allows them more time to grasp more power. And as we're seeing, the elections aren't serving the common good when the right message is co-opted by people who do not share that vision. What good are debates when you limit the discussion to points A and B? A or B may not be the answer - but it's all you're going to hear from that TV unless you take time to inform yourself!
Egypt showed us, for the most part, that you do not need violence to effect real change. I don't see why we can't gather by the millions and just peacefully insist that the people who have violated the trust of the American people save face and just resign? After all, most people seem to think the government is only out to serve itself.