Dems join in gang rape of Constitution

(10 am – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Republicans have been gang-raping the Constitution since December 12, 2000, when five Supreme Court justices appointed George W. Bush President of the United States. The BushCheney crime family’s brutal assault on the nation’s founding document began immediately, and was cheered on and supported by a Republican-led Congress that whooped in drunken bloodlust every time the administration flagrantly violated the highest law of the land.

The Republican Congress cheered encouragement every time Americans’ civil liberties were violated. The Republican Congress roared approval at every demeaning abuse of the rule of law. They pushed to the front of the mob any time there was an opportunity to have their own crack at the battered, dazed body politic, who couldn’t believe what was happening to it, who couldn’t believe that it could be violated so relentlessly, so repeatedly, so thoroughly, over and over and over again, and no one put a stop to it.

A few Democrats in Congress shouted – from the back of the mob, their voices barely heard – their objection to the ugly scene being played out in front of the world. They tried raising the idea of censure; a few pressed for impeachment of the administration. But given that the members of the crazed Republican mob outnumbered the Democrats, it seemed nothing could stop the rape from continuing until the Constitution was nothing more than a barely-breathing document, a hollow, shattered remnant of its former self.

And all the while, the Republicans who were gang-raping the Constitution smirked and grinned and defied anyone to stop them.

And like the sadistic, sick, abusive rapists they are, Republican fear mongers liked to blame the victim. They said that the Constitution was getting in the way of protecting Americans. It’s the Constitution’s fault that we need to violate the Constitution, they would say. If it weren’t for the Constitution, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion about our violating your constitutional rights.

After nearly six years of such repeated and flagrant violations, a lot of people had had enough of the Constitution’s brutal treatment at the hands of the vile, criminal, power-drunk Republican mob. These people thought the best way to put an end to the gang rape of the Constitution would be for Democrats to take control of Congress. Once Democrats had control of Congress, these people believed, the Constitution would be safe. Once Democrats had control of Congress, these people believed, the violation would end. Once Democrats had control of Congress, these people believed, the Democrats would actually do what members of Congress are sworn to do: protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The idea was that Democrats, who previously had lacked sufficient numbers to do much more than shout objections from the back of the mob, or maybe occasionally to grab the arm of one or other criminal member of the administration who had just had their way with the law and the Constitution, detaining them just long enough to voice their strong disapproval, would have enough power to put an end to the assault. Until then, it seemed all Democrats could do was to strongly object. “At least we tried,” Democrats could tell themselves and their constituents.  “At least we spoke up.  At least we made an effort to stop it.”  

So a lot of people worked very hard to put Democrats in control of Congress in November 2006. That way, Democrats would no longer have to settle for “trying” – they could actually put an end to the gang rape of the Constitution.

But then the Democratic Congress voted to approve failed to overturn the Military Commissions Act, which gave the administration a free pass on torture. And then the Democratic Congress let the administration ignore subpoenas – a lot of subpoenas. And then the Democratic Congress allowed the BushCheney administration to get away with lying about the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. And then the Democratic Congress allowed the BushCheney administration to lie about the nuclear threat posed by Iran. And then the Democratic Congress allowed the BushCheney administration to obstruct congressional investigations by destroying or “losing” evidence.

And now the Democratic Congress is about to allow phone companies and the administration to violate the law and the rights of American citizens. And the only possible reason they are doing that is because –

– they want to get in on the rape.

Democrats in Congress want to join in the gang rape of the Constitution.

After we had elected them to Congress believing that they would stop that rape.

But we were wrong.

It seems that what Democrats really wanted was not to gain sufficient strength to wade into the crowd and break up the rape that had been ongoing for six long years – no.

No, it seems that what Democrats wanted was to have sufficient numbers to push to the front of the crowd so they could watch from a better vantage point the repeated violations of the Constitution and the rule of law.

But now, evidently, even that front row seat is not enough.  Now Democrats want to get in on the action.  They want to have a few shots at the Constitution themselves.  They don’t want to look like party poopers, like goodie two-shoes, to their Republican colleagues. Let me prove how tough I am, is their thinking.

Move over, they say – let me have a shot at her.

I am sick.

In his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, Patrick Henry uttered words that underpin his more well-known ultimatum. I believe his words are worth considering today. Now that congressional Democrats have shown their mettle and have told this administration and the world that not only is it OK to illegally wiretap Americans, but that it’s OK to torture, too, all in the supposed name of “keeping America safe,” what Patrick Henry – a true patriot who faced the very real, not imagined, loss of his life, liberty and property – said in 1775 bears reflection today:

Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope.

If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak — unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? . . .

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

The gang raping of the Constitution that has been taking place for six years under the Bush administration, at every level, by every agency, without exception, was supposed to have been stopped by the Democratic Congress. It has not been. In fact, just the opposite has happened: With the passage of a FISA bill that gives the OK to illegal electronic surveillance on Americans, Democrats in Congress will be active participants in the rape of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Providing amnesty for violations of federal law under FISA serves no constituency save one:

American citizens aren’t asking for it.

Security experts aren’t asking for it.

Even the telephone companies aren’t asking for it.

There is only one constituency that is clamoring for passage of the FISA Bill in its current form: the gang rapists in the BushCheney administration and its cheerleaders, the same group that has violated, over and over and over for seven years now, the Constitution of the United States of America.

And now that loathsome group evidently will include many Democrats.

UPDATED: Thanks to Major Danby in the comments.

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  1. There is absolutely no reason on earth to pass this bill.  And any Democrat who votes in favor of telephone company amnesty will be a prime target for electoral defeat in coming elections.

    Don’t do it, Dems – you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your lives.

  2. But then the Democratic Congress voted to approve the Military Commissions Act, which gave the administration a free pass on torture.

    The MCA was part of the 2007 NDAA, passed under the Republican-controlled 109th Congress — which is pretty significant.  From Wikipedia:

    The United States Military Commissions Act of 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-366, 120 Stat. 2600 (Oct. 17, 2006), enacting Chapter 47A of title 10 of the United States Code (as well as amending section 2241 of title 28), is an Act of Congress (Senate Bill 3930[1]) signed by President George W. Bush on October 17, 2006.

    The rest of my reaction to the substance — you’re right that if Congress passes the bill, it will be a travesty of Justice, and you’re wrong to lay this at the feet of Democrats generally — you already know.

    • sharon on March 4, 2008 at 05:00

    it is with a heavy heart that i read and agree with your artfully composed indictment.

    tonight i heard one democrat speak who is defending the constitution – bob wexler – but we need each and everyone of them to do the same with as much passion and resolve. here is how the silicon valley impeachment group pointed this out to zoe lofgren in a letter written as a follow up to their recent meeting with her:

    We were perplexed, however, by some of your comments, which do not seem to us to be consistent with the report, Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment. We inferred from your comment when you said, “impeachment is to control a rogue executive;” that you hold that executive not to be impeachable if Congress is also complicit. While a Congress that has enabled rogue behavior may well be embarrassed to turn to impeachment, having to repudiate its own foolishness along with the executive’s behavior, is it any less required by our Constitution to do so? The Report cites (page 14) the argument of James Iredell that the executive “must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate” even if the Senate should enact, on the basis of that disinformation, “measures injurious to their country.” Where Constitutional duties are abused, the executive can not be excused from accountability merely because the legislature has been gulled into complicity.

    We also want to be quite clear that accountability is not at all a matter of intentions. Unauthorized wiretapping is unconstitutional, no matter whether it was undertaken with good, if mistaken intentions. Nowhere does the Report suggest that our Constitution is concerned with what sort of intentions the road to tyranny is paved.

    • Valtin on March 4, 2008 at 05:21

    Democrats and Republicans… there’s not a dime’s worth of difference.

    I know it’s a small overstatement. But the size of the difference is shrinking to an infinitesimal point.

  3. here on docudhama

    All so obvious that it’s just part of a larger charade.

    I’m having doubts about the dems so-called victory regarding FISA legislation. In the end Bush might very well get what he wants.

    The establishment feels threatened. People are on to their games, their wars for hegemony, their lies, their torture and their history. They are determined to maintain the status-quo and will let nothing stand in their way, certainly not The Constitution.

    • DWG on March 4, 2008 at 16:10

    I am sure they would have second thoughts about declaring independence.

    In so many ways, I am far more disappointed in the Dems for the facade of caring more about democracy than power than the republicans.  Given the power, they have failed miserably.  

    • Viet71 on March 4, 2008 at 17:01

    Nader will get my protest vote, again.  (Am a CT resident, so it really doesn’t matter.)

    • OPOL on March 4, 2008 at 17:17

    betrayal of the democratic base.  They have been blatant enablers of Bushco and deserve to be called on it and retaliated against politically.  They cave and cave and cave giving Bush anything and everything he wants no matter how egregiously it violates the spirit of the Constitution or our commonly held values.  FISA, MCA, Patriot Act, Telecom Immunity, TRILLIONS! for a bogus war in Iraq and the horrid list just goes on and on ad nauseum.

    If they can’t stand up to President 19% it’s fair to question which side they”re on.  It seems clear to me that they are not on our side any more – if they ever were.  Good diary OH.

  4. When a young child is caught in a lie, another lie ensues, and another, each one larger and more fantastical, until, knowing the s/he had been found out, only silence, and downcast eyes. Does this sound familiar? Well, maybe the allegory breaks down with the silence and down-cast eyes bit, the jabbering heads we elect can never shut-up, their egos are too large.

    But the allegory, IMHO, does stand up as far as to why the Democratic leadership, and thence the caucus, have failed to stand up. From 2000 on, according to the cheney/ bush executive branch propagandists, “leaders in Congress have been informed/consulted on ….”. Well, the ranking members of the Democratic party in the various committees were part and parcel of these executive-legislative babble fests. Because they were informed of the various illegalities, immoralities, and Constitutional busting activities of the cheney/bush maladministration, they are legally and morally complicit. And like the lying child, will do just about anything to keep from being found out. And, once again IMHO, that includes voting for bills, after being told to, that are anathema to their constituents.

    The system is broke folks, the WHOLE SYSTEM, and we have to figure out how to take the current situation, and fix it. A constitutional convention? What are we going to change? A violent revolution? I’m with John Lennon on that one.

    The only “next step” I can see is wresting control of our news media back from the Elite Rich. The net is doing a great job of getting the first step started, but there has to be a next step, something to read on the crapper, while drinking a cup of coffee, waiting for a ride, on the ride. Thats right we need to devolve to the age of newspapers. I know that readership has been falling off dramatically, but the readers that remain are the people talking around the water cooler, at the bar or coffee shop, on the train, the ones that are willing to debate an idea. And we need that debate on ideas again. We have to get away from just accepting what is told to us, of just parroting ideals from our favorite talking head. I have heard rumors of on online/home printed news outlet. Anybody know anything?

    Sorry if anyone considers this a hi-jack of the thread, but just saying………

  5. because the theme ( being a quisling/willing participant) and writing really attracted my attention and alas I realize this will be a minority opinion that many will see fit to disagree with…. it seems like there are more and more “rape analogies” being used in various arenas these days because it is such a good way to make a strong point. I still don’t like it. I understand the logic behind choosing the analogy, and I am not chastising or finger wagging simply stating my personal observations about my reaction. Having said that, I am sure I have used analogies myself that others have a similar reaction to. In my mind, the only thing that is like rape is rape itself.

  6. the politics of fear rage on, promoted by both sides. It’s not us, it’s the other, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia(again) always someone else is the enemy of freedom. In order to combat this ‘evil’ we must be eternally vigilant. We must realize that they are always the enemy. Our adversary’s are not other nation states but the forces of Wall Street, the notion that market is freedom, that greed and dominance is right. In order to insure this what better medium to keep tabs on the enemy, the one that doesn’t exist, then the corporations that hold the world captive.  

  7. these billls won’t even reach the floor.

    Who said that?

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