The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Congressional Democrats have, for all intents and purposes, completely capitulated to Bush's demands on FISA--his unfettered power to spy on American citizens. The "compromise" not only blesses the President's illegal actions, but also exempts the tele-com Quislings from the inconvenience of having to answer for their actions in court--the ONLY avenue by which the American public could ever have learned who in the government authorized this lawless action in the first place. I suspect, as other commenters have noted, that Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer were motivated by a combination of lust for tele-com campaign contributions and fear that another terrorist attack would be blamed on them; how else to account for abasing themselves to a wildly unpopular lame-duck President in an election year? Even more disappointing is that Barack Obama has signed off on this instrument of surrender.

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Blogger dmarks said...

Last time I checked, the Democratic Congress was at least as unpopular as the unpopular lame duck President.

Not surprising, considering Congress's answer to the gas price problem has been to offer to increase gas prices through higher taxes.

6/21/2008 3:34 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Yes, but the deep polling indicates that Congress is unpopular mainly because it steadfastly refuses to oppose the President.

6/21/2008 10:27 PM  
Anonymous dave said...

I'm curious about the late movement that put this bill over the top. It looked for a while like..umm...what's it called...oh, yeah, the Constitution, might prevail, then at the last minute a bunch of Congresscretins decided to try and gut the Fourth Amendment.

6/23/2008 10:47 AM  
Anonymous DRJ said...

Congratulations on a well-named blog.

6/24/2008 6:29 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

The keywords include "Fascist Nancy Pelosi". I can't help but remember that I read recently that she wants the government to start regulating and censoring the political/issues content of broadcast TV and radio. Apparently, she is opposing a bill that re-emphasises the basic First Amendment freedom of the press of radio and TV broadcasters.

(Yes, I know there was a comma there...)

6/27/2008 6:35 PM  

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