That is "snark," as you will see when you watch this video. Thanks, Kendall, for letting me know about it!
Amen, brother - you are right - Americans SHOULD be up in arms over this. Our fundamental rights are systematically being taken away, with very little acknowledgment of the ramifications. It is shocking that ANY political party in the United States would actively work to dismantle our Constitutional Rights, but for DEMOCRATS to do so is especially egregious. And shocking.
Ironically, before Kendall sent me this link, I had dropped by TalkLeft. Big Tent Democrat just so happened to have a little quote from my "friend," Andrew Sullivan, the one who nominated me for a (Michael) Moore award for pointing out the glaringly obvious abuse circle in which Hillary and Obama, hell, the whole Democratic Party, are embroiled (how's THAT for bitter, Andy??). Lo, and behold, Andrew Sullivan's latest in The Atlantic is on FISA. Oh, he is not raging against it, oh no. Well, heck - just read it for yourself:
Some of you have wondered how my passionate opposition to torture can be reconciled with my tolerance of the new FISA regime. And the invasion of our correspondence and communications by the government is indeed a threat to liberty; and there is no denying that our liberties have been seriously eroded by the last few years in this respect. I just understand that some loss is defensible in the war we now fight, and wire-tapping, if monitored by the Congress, a FISA court, as well as the executive is a price we may have to pay to keep our intelligence accurate. Torture, on the other hand, is a far more invasive attack on liberty, a threat to reliable intelligence, a danger to our own troops, a violation of treaty obligations, and an act of human cruelty inimical to the core meaning of the West.
Here's a little newsflash for you, Andy Boy. Taking away just ONE of our civil liberties is damned dangerous. Period. It is a downward spiral that can be justified by the very same machinations you have employed - notice I did not say LOGIC, because that is glaringly absent in this lame attempt to prop up Obama's betrayal of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. And note - it did not take long for that to happen, did it? Um, no. But where does it stop? You seem all too willing to concede your right to privacy in your correspondence and conversations. I admit, I haven't known too many journalists who were willing to freely give that right up, much less ordinary citizens. Journalists have gone to jail to protect their contacts. But hey - it is certainly your option to concede your privacy rights, but I'd like to keep all of mine, thank you so very much. Like I said, who knows what will be next? Because once you start taking away people's civil liberties, what is left for us? What recourse do we have? Civil? That's a laugh. Legal? I'm rolling on the floor laughing my head off now. We won't have ANY recourse, and that is the point. We will not have any recourse against our own government.
And to try to justify the US government eroding the civil liberties of ALL of its citizens by comparing it to something else heinous, is a false dichotomy. They are both heinous enterprises for a government to utilize, whether against its own citizens or its enemies. Though I support an argument can be made if a country eradicates the rights of its citizens it has turned them IN to its enemies...
It is amazing that someone, especially someone who grew up in England, can dismiss how quickly governments can move to abuse their power with their own citizenry. Here are just two easy examples: the USSR, and Germany. What more do I possibly need to say? Just this - our Founders sure understood the very real risks of a government that treated its citizens as pawns, and did all they could to creat a Constitution that would protect us against such abuses. That we now have a law on the books that violates those very protections is shameful to say the very least. But that this abuse was assisted by a man who claimed to stand for the Constitution, and would do all in his power to protect it, bu caved at the very first second, speaks volumes about that candidate. And volumes about those who stood with the people.
We must speak out. We must have the candidate who stands with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Contact your Senators and Congresspeople. Contact the DNC and tell them you will not support a candidate who does not support civil rights. We must have someone who will act to restore our rights. Now, Now is the time