TTDT -- The Final Day of the 30-day Angst Loss Challenge

Yes, my compatriots, it's been 30 days, and I have one last Portly Thing to Do Today for you -- check the list below, and see if one of your House or Senate Representatives is on it -- if they are, send them one ass-whupping letter about how pissed off you are about their gutless betrayal of the Constitution.

I'm going to go on a bit before I give you the list, just to give you a reminder of how completely possible it was for Congress not to pass the "Protect America Act". In the Senate, it needed a 3/5 vote to pass, and if the 30%!!! of elected Democratic senators who voted "yea" for this bill had remembered their constitutional oath and voted "nay", it would not have passed. Do you get that? But since such liberal luminaries as Feinstein and Inouye said "Fine Mr. President, have whatever you want", we now live in a country where warrantless wire-tapping of citizens is not only legal, but part of a plan to "protect" us.

If 17% of elected Democratic House Reps hadn't copped out, it wouldn't have passed in the House, either.

I think I explained a couple of weeks ago about why I don't give a lot of head-space to "politics" -- today only validated, for me, that this is a wise choice. Still, since the Congressional debacle has occupied so much space in my head for the past two days, I am going to be as good as my word and DO something. I'm going to write Patty Murray (one of my senators) and ask her why the fuck she didn't even bother to vote on this bill (the same question could be put to John Kerry and Barbara Boxer, by the way).

So, here's the list (by state)-- check and see if any of your representatives are now members of the "Bend Over, Citizen" Club. If they are, send them a diatribe (or three, or five).

"Democrats" in the House who voted Yea to "protect" America

Cramer (D - AL)
Davis (D-AL)
Ross (D- AR)
Snyder (D-AR)
Mitchell (D- AZ)
Costa (D-CA)
Salazar (D-CO)
Boyd (D-FL)
Barrow (D- GA)
Marshall (D-GA)
Boswell (D-IA)
Bean (D-IL)
Lipinski (D-IL)
Donnelly (D- IN)
Ellsworth (D-IN)
Hill (D-IN)
Chandler (D-KY)
Melancon (D-LA)
Peterson (D-MN)
Walz (D-MN)
Taylor (D-MS)
Etheridge (D-NC)
McIntyre (D-NC)
Shuler (D-NC)
Pomeroy (D-ND)
Space (D-OH)
Wilson (D-OH)
Boren (D-OK)
Altmire (D-PA)
Carney (D-PA)
Herseth (D-SD)
Cooper (D-TN)
Davis (D-TN)
Gordon (D-TN)
Tanner (D-TN)
Cuellar (D-TX)
Edwards (D-TX)
Lampson (D-TX)
Rodriguez (D-TX)
Matheson (D-UT)

"Democrats" who voted Yea in the Senate to "protect" America

Lincoln (D-AR)
Pryor (D-AR)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Salazar (D-CO)
Carper (D-DE)
Nelson (D-FL)
Inouye (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Conrad (D-ND)
Nelson (D-NE)
Casey (D-PA)
Webb (D-VA)

For more information on the voting record, including those who just couldn't find the time to vote on this bill (cause it's so trivial and all) -- see HERE.

Posted byPortlyDyke at 11:30 PM  


Moira said... August 7, 2007 at 6:15 AM  

I live in Pete Sessions' district, thanks to Mr. DeLay's gerrymandering of Texas legislative districts. That he voted for this is not surprising: Mr. Sessions is above all things a loyal Republican. When he says he's voting his conscience, I know he lies: he doesn't have one. He's the guy pushing for EPA air pollution waivers for big-ass concrete plants in Ellis County. 'cause the EPA kills jobs, y'know.

I'll see if I can track down some of the other Texas Democrats and ask them why they couldn't be bothered to stand up for us against a president who clearly can't be trusted with a paper route, much less massive surveillance powers.

Petulant said... August 7, 2007 at 9:18 AM  

It doesn't surprise me one damn bit about my Rep. Shuler voting for this.
With many of Shuler's votes he might as well switch parties and don't even get me started on his remarks about homosexuality. I could send a letter, but as his office checks my blog every morning, I am fairly certain they know how this constituent feels.

The one name on the list that does surprise me is Jim Webb of VA. He has been very outspoken about Bush and his "means." For him of all people to provide Bush even more power, let along bloody Gonzales, is especially appalling.

PortlyDyke said... August 7, 2007 at 9:33 AM  

I was somewhat surprised about Claire McCaskill, to tell you the truth.

Man, with fronds like these, who needs anenomes?

NameChanged said... August 8, 2007 at 7:45 AM  

I don't see my Sen or Rep, but I will check the link, just in case. I too am outraged by the "but we want to go play" reasoning behind passing the bill.

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