The Blue America community - FireDogLake, Crooks & Liars, Down With Tyranny, Digby & Glenn Greenwald - launched this internet calling tool to get constituents whipping their Senators to support the Dodd-Feingold Amendment which will strip retroactive immunity from the FISA bill.
No president should have the power to monitor the phones and emails of Americans without a warrant, and telecommunications companies should not be let off the hook. The laws apply to presidents and cronies alike, just like they do to the rest of us.
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Todd, restore-habeas.org requires that user report back the the reply from Senate staffers.
This site of his is actual internet activism instead of the boring and ineffective advocacy that nearly every other politician does online which really amounts to little more than blatant list-building through stunts and red meat petitions.
offer an amendment to the bill that forces each county seat, city government, town government, colorado business, school, hospital, every public service of every kind to change all of the forms that list DOB into DOC (conception)
add up how much money it would cost, pay for it in a one time tax of all citizens. The total cost would be tens of thousands of dollars.
But the point is to illustrate how stupid the concept is. Drawing one's first breath has been the standard for, well, ever. Conservatives seek to redefine life in ridiculous ways... so ridicule them. Mockery works.
If Obama had been the one to build OneCorps.com maybe it could have served to pivot the political involvement of the millions of young people for Obama off of the personality-based hero worship and onto a sustainable path for outh involvement going forward.
When the rightwing movementarians rallied behind Goldwater and lost to the GOP machine candidate Nixon, they rallied. They built long-term power structures to nurture thier ranks, bolster thier arguments, train thier recruits -- this is not exactly unlike the dotOrg boom of the class of 2000 + 2004.
I thought our infrastructure will not be theirs, it will be better and have our value system embedded. By which it would be grassroots and we would own and run it.
Alas. Like the rightwing movementarians having to turn to a few billionaire patrons (Mellon-Scaife, Coors) we had to do the same.
It's partly because we're just as prone to the cult of personality and celebrity-driven election season construct of politics as I feared.
It's also because, well aside from Dean (and if one could say, Edwards) what national celebrity politican has invested his energy into building a progressive action-based self-funding infrastructure? Even though DFA is not as large as it used to be, I can't think of any.
Whatever we do, we must should try personalize the "other" that Lou Dobbs keeps lumped intoa gray nebulous "they." We should try to be humane and just. I think this campaign is hitting a lot of the right notes: Dreams Across America. Tell your family's immigration story... Of course we should get the policy right, but we are compassionate and just and we should never let this debate be about something other than human lives- not politics.