The Lady Speaks


Article IV, U.S. Constitution, as amended on July 9, 2008:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Hitler didn’t not rise to power by show of force; he was elected. The rights of the German people were not first taken away at the point of a gun, but were eroded by the power of the pen.

With back-room deals and plenty of intimidation, laws contrary to the public good and in violation of the German Constitution were passed by lawmakers whipped to a frenzy by an atmosphere of fear-mongering and hysteria. The Reichstag — the elected representatives of the German people — voted to destroy their Constitution and disband themselves in order that the country be “protected” from “terrorists.”

Thom Hartmann at Common Dreams, March 16, 2003:

To get his patriotic “Decree on the Protection of People and State” passed over the objections of concerned legislators and civil libertarians, he agreed to put a 4-year sunset provision on it: if the national emergency provoked by the terrorist attack was over by then, the freedoms and rights would be returned to the people, and the police agencies would be re-restrained. Legislators would later say they hadn’t had time to read the bill before voting on it.

When historians are asked, at some far-off future date, how the formerly-great republic of the United States of America ended, they will point to the “long train of abuses and usurpations” of the Bush regime, and will tell future scholars that although it lasted a bit longer, the tipping point came when centuries of rights granted to the American people were destroyed with the willing help of the supposed “opposition.”

They will show their students how, inch by slippery inch, the principles on which the country was founded were subverted and stripped away by a corrupt administration and its corporate sponsors who used fear-mongering and “patriotism” — and a little lot of the green — to persuade the elected representatives of the people to betray their oaths.

And when that day finally comes, when we or our descendants look back on the former United States and weep for the destruction of our principles — and ultimately, our country — the following will be remembered as traitors to the Constitution, to whom money and power were more important than the rights of the people:

YAYS: (69)*

Alexander Allard Barasso Baucus Bayh Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Carper Casey Chambliss Coburn Cochran Coleman Collins Conrad Corker Cornyn Craig Crapo DeMint Dole Domenici Ensign Enzi Feinstein Graham Grassley Gregg Hagel Hatch Hutchinson Inhofe Inouye Isakson Johnson Kohl Kyl Landrieu Lieberman Lincoln Lugar Martinez McCaskill McConnell Mikulski Murkowski Nelsen (NB) Nelson (FL) Obama Pryor Roberts Rockefeller Salazar Shelby Smith Snowe Specter Stevens Sununu Thune Vitter Voinovich Warner Webb Whitehouse Wicker

And when that day comes, these will be remembered as patriots who held their oaths of office as sacred:

NAYS: (28)*

Akaka Biden Bingaman Boxer Brown Byrd Cantwell Cardin Clinton Dodd Dorgan Durbin Feingold Harkin Kerry Klobuchar Lautenburg Leahy Levin Menendez Murray Reed Reid Sanders Schumer Stabenow Tester Wyden

Abstaining were McCain, Sessions, and Kennedy.

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* Bold = Democrats; italics = Republican; bold italic = Independent


July 9, 2008 - Posted by | America, Bush, Congress, Election '08, Government, Politics, Republicans, Senate, Terrorism, White House


  1. Senator Obama wants to be President. He voted to increase the power of the executive branch, altho this goes contrary to the core values he supposedly espouses. Perhaps, he thinks this will be a handy power to have one day. How disappointing.
    Thank you to the 28 who had the courage to say Nay..
    Shame to those who abstained. (I was surprised that one of them was not Senator Obama.
    Each day he gives me more reasons not to support him. At the same time, I can not support McCain.
    I am writing in Hillary.

    Comment by Mom | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. He has no core values, in my opinion. At least, none which belong in the Democratic Party. Funny how he was going to be a “different” kind of politician and how all that “hope!” and “change!” turned into “little hope” and “not much change” as soon as Hillary suspended her campaign.

    Kennedy is the only one who gets a pass from me on his abstention. Obviously he is concentrating on his health, as he should be – although I was pleased and rather amazed that he made it in for the Medicare vote later in the day.

    Comment by PA_Lady | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  3. He said he was concerned that on the Medicare bill his vote might be needed to make a difference, since a previous vote failed by just one. He pushed himself for that. He is the epitome of a Progressive Democrat.
    I am sure he is saddened by the turn of events with his candidate.

    Comment by Mom | July 11, 2008 | Reply

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