Democrats - The First 100 Minutes
Revoke the blanket September 14th, 2001 Joint Resolution Authorizing the Use of Force against terrorists and terrorist supporters.
This ill-considered, incautious, inadvisable, misused piece of legislation has been cited by Bu$hCo for every Constitution busting measure that's followed, from the Patriot Act to Military Commissions. The President has used it to justify treaty abrogation, circumventing FISA, warrantless surveillance, and indefinite detention.
It's time for this resolution to go, and Democrats can use its repleal to cut the f*cking foundation out from under the administration! It may not get by the Senate, but at least it would state in no uncertain terms that one branch of Congress will not stand for further Bu$hCo tyranny.
IF the Democrats take back the House, and Senate, and they don't revoke this "terrorist" act, then they are handing Bush carte blanche for the next two years and we are so screwed.
PoP, that would be sweeping wouldn't it, but I don't think that Congress has that in their power. 'Course that doesn't stop Bush, does it? ;-)
Xsociate... Whoa! All 750? They'd be at that till the 2008 elections.
and if there's any sign of funny biz..we need to take to the streets...and really take back our country!!
What worries me Kvatch is this:
If this all plays out to the favor of the Democrats; AND America, what's to stop the administration from just "taking control?"
I guess what I mean is these are such BAD people, what's to prevent them from using the MCA to invoke martial law? All in the interest of national security.
After all, even with a sweeping takeover of the House and Senate, it would take just a little bit of time to propose the repeal of the MCA.
Isn't it conceivable that within that window, the Administration deem there was a national threat to security and just have the military step in?
Far fetched, but I just wouldn't put it past them (BushCo) to do something like this?
String Cheese Theory
I fear, just from blogging, that I could be taken from my family and placed in one of those "concentration camps" Halliburton is building. I told my husband to look for me there first, if I disappear.
But to address Mike's concern. I don't think that Bush would go that far. For one, the combined military and National Guard would have a hard time dealing with 300,000,000 Americans, many of whom are well armed...and pissed. Second, that's a legacy that I don't think even Bush, in his incredible isolation and delusion, wants.
Pam, I think that you're OK. Imprisoning mom's looks bad! ;-) Me, on the other hand, a childless, leftist, kook, with profound anti-government leanings...
But we Dems HAVE to do something. In Ohio right now we are fighting our battle with that nutjob prick Sec of State Blackwell, as he tries to toss our Dem candiate for Gov and Blackwell's ahead in the polls by nearly 30 pts opponent Ted Strickland. From what the Ohio political blogs are saying, teams of lawyers (who are terrified of BushCo and Blackwell) are lining up to represent Strickland if it happens.
And oh yeah!... I was absolutely deadly serious about Dubya buying nearly 100K acres of land in Paraguay. It was in the news this past weekend. I honestly think that criminal asshat is doing it so he can escape from the law like the Nazis did after WWII across South America.
The serious part of course! :)
Kathy, hope you're right. No--strike that--I think you probably are right. Some of our more decent (in the moral sense) have been military men.
Granny, indeed. Revoking the Military Commissions Act would got further, but like I said to Diva...one step at a time. You can only get so much done in the first 100 minutes.
Add to that, the millions of us who would take up our "right to bear arms to defend our nation", and . . .