As I do every day, I read Glenn Greenwald's blog, where he talked about how when Democrats in the Congress cave in to the Bush Administration, it's both bad politically for the Left and for the Constitution.
Last week's cave-in was an altered FISA law, which effectively legalized Bush's criminal breaking of that law from 2001-2007.
Like Nixon said: Hey, if the President does it, it's not illegal.
Here's an idea: if you are the opposition party, and the President has a 65% disapproval rate, you should not do a damn thing that he says, regardless of the implications. And when you cooperate with such a deeply, deeply unpopular President, the citizenry will dislike you, since you are colluding with the Worst President Ever.
In an abusive relationship, does the abuser like the abused more after the abused caves in again and lays prostrate, receiving abuse? No, that only makes the abuser dislike the abused more, and ensure more abuse. This describes the Bush Administration/Democrat Congress relationship.
As I noted in my review of The Bourne Identity, people that hold absolute power in secret are not protecting the populace's best interests. They're saving their own asses, especially when they're hanging on the string of a 65% disapproval rate.
What would prevent Bush from finding dirt on the strongest war critics out there, if he can look at their bank accounts, phone records, e-mails, and so on without having anyone but the purest loyalists know? Uh, nothing.
Would you put it beyond Bush, Cheney, Rove, or their lackeys? I would not. We know they broke the law in outing Valerie Plame, because her husband undercut a key WMD claim in 2003.
Our politics are not the same damn thing as the Fox show 24! Why is this so hard for the Congressional Democrats to understand?
In the context of power and control, how can we read this:
Yes, we should also "all breathe a sigh of relief" when that woman got slapped for burning the potatoes, too.
We should all breathe a sigh of relief that sanity prevailed when Congress enacted emergency legislation over the weekend to address a national-security crisis: the hamstringing of our intelligence community’s ability to eavesdrop on agents of foreign powers situated overseas and bent on killing Americans.