by Marc Perkel
Dear fellow political radicals,
I don't know if you all all as livid as I am about
last week's vote to suspend
the Constitution and allow the government to
spy on us without a warrant as I am.
If you are, I have a proposal. I call it Operation
Political Starvation and it's a commitment
to refuse to donate any money to any politician
until our rights are restored.
The law that was passed was like the Patriot Act
where it was rushed through without
any discussion as to what they were doing. This
was done this time by the Democrats
who could have just told Bush to go fuck himself
but instead voted to give him powers
for 6 months that are clearly unconstitutional.
Two weeks ago they were talking about
impeaching Gonzales for the very thing they just
legalized. It's a level of insanity that
just makes my skin crawl.
This law will last at least 6 months after which
there will be a push to make it permanent.
And the Democrats have already demonstrated that
they are total pussies when it comes to
asserting anything. They talk like they are against
what Bush is doing yet all they have to do
to stop Bush is to stop voting for things Bush
What they say means absolutely nothing. It's how
they vote that counts. Since this law
lasts 6 months none of them, and I mean NONE
will get a dime from me as long as my
rights are suspended. If the law expires without
being renewed then I will contribute again.
However, we need to make a very strong statement
and they have to feel it and this is 2007
and not an election year and I don't see where
withholding money is going to make the
difference in next years election. Except that
what would be the point of electing
Democrats if they are going to vote like Republicans.
What I'm looking for is to start a movement and
call it "Operation Political Starvation"
(unless someone has a better name) where people
of all parties refuse to make any
political contribution while our rights are suspended.
In particular Democrats need to feel it.
I had someone call me yesterday from the DSCC
wanting me to give them money to elect
Democrats to the Senate. I told her NO FUCKING
WAY and made it clear why.
She admitted that she was hearing that a lot
so there is support out there for this kind of idea.
Yes - it is weird for me to advocate hurting Democrats
when the Republicans are pure evil.
However if the Republicans control the Democrats
which appears to be the case based on
HOW THEY VOTE, what is the difference. This is
2007, not 2008 and we have some time
here to turn the Democrats around and they best
way I can think of is if it makes the news
that Democrats are withholding funds until Democrats
vote with the voters.
When we elected them in 2006 we sent a message
that we want change and all we are
getting is lip service. That isn't good enough.
We need to put the hurt on them.
So I'm advocating that we stop giving for 6 months
and see how they vote
when it comes time to renew this law.
There is a level of insanity that I can not support
and the Democrats have reached it.
It is time that use who have blogs take a stand
for civil liberties while we still have them.
There is an old saying in the news business.
"Never pick a fight with a guy who buys ink by
I have a new version of that.
"Never pick a fight with a blogger who buys data
by the terabyte."
I'm using about 8 terabytes a month and I want
to dedicate some of it to turning this insanity around.
So - who likes this idea?
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