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Senseless Irresolution In The Senate

Before the GOP brought up their blatantly anti-free speech campaign talking point on September 20, they were offered a resolution by Senator Barbara Boxer, No. 2947:

Statement of Purpose: To reaffirm strong support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and to strongly condemn attacks on the honor, integrity, and patriotism of any individual who is serving or has served honorably in the United States Armed Forces, by any person or organization.

The GOP filibustered this resolution with Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Joe LIEberman (Likud-CN) the only crossover votes.

It was never the troops or military service, it was always a political attack on MoveOn.org.


1 whig { 09.24.07 at 3:02 pm }

So we have to take down the Democratic party now too? That’s not going to be fun.

2 The Culture Ghost { 09.24.07 at 3:14 pm }

More empty rhetoric from the political vermin…playing at being important while the country drowns in its own excrement.


3 Bryan { 09.24.07 at 3:39 pm }

The Dems have to decide that either they support the Constitution or they cease to exist. Not one dime to the party. Money should only go to candidates you personally support.

Even the Boxer amendment is crap. Congress doesn’t care about the troops, or the troops would be on their way home.

4 Steve Bates { 09.24.07 at 7:50 pm }

“Not one dime to the party. Money should only go to candidates you personally support.”

Precisely my approach.

There are often still good reasons to support state-level candidates who are Democrats. Many of them here have done good things in Texas for a long time, under undeniably adverse circumstances.

But I am unwilling to contribute one @#$% cent to the DNC, DSCC, DCCC etc. The Democratic Congress has to re-earn my confidence, and lately they haven’t done much to do so. Even as much as I have invested (emotionally) in ridding the Senate of John Cornyn, I will have to think long and hard about whether to contribute to his opponent’s campaign (once that opponent is chosen… there’s a primary contest first). I gave a ton of money (by my meager standards) in 2004, and a good deal less in 2006… they’re going to have to come to me hat-in-hand (actually, track-record-in-hand) for 2008.

5 Bryan { 09.24.07 at 8:31 pm }

With Bill Nelson’s voting record and betrayals by Allen Boyd (D-FL2) in Congress the party can forget it.

If someone opposes Miller I’ll do what I can locally, but the state and national party haven’t been working for me, so I can’t see working for them.

6 whig { 09.24.07 at 8:55 pm }

I still like my representative (Barbara Lee). Other than that, I’m perfectly happy to disestablish the Democratic party if that must be done. I’m a Whig, after all.

7 Bryan { 09.24.07 at 9:21 pm }

There’s something about forming a group that reduces the IQ of the members. This is best demonstrated in a faculty senate meeting, but the same applies to political parties.

You listen to them articulate the problem in clear, concise terms and then vote for total absurdity.

Instead of political parties we have two mobs of people running around Washington.

8 whig { 09.24.07 at 11:55 pm }

Yet blogtopia (y!sctp) has done the opposite, and gained intelligence with each addition of new voices — as long as we each have our own space to write, and our connections are made voluntarily, we can create a governing structure that is already becoming the de facto fourth estate.

9 Bryan { 09.25.07 at 12:14 am }

We aren’t dependent on “the establishment” and don’t worry about annoying people. When you subsume your mind to the groupthink, you will never have an original thought.