Posted on December 2, 2011
In a move that defies both logic and common sense, the Senate, by a nonpartisan vote of 93-7, passed a $662 billion Defense Bill that all but stripped any American even suspected of ties to terrorism of all their rights. According to the small print that no one wants you to read, you can be locked up with no legal recourse, with no access to council, for as long as the government sees fit. You won’t even get your day in court.
These days, the Constitution and Bill of Rights aren’t worth the paper they were written on.
President Obama has vowed to veto this magnificent piece of legislation, but it appears the Senate will have enough votes to override said veto. At a time when the Republican Party cries over every red cent spent by our government, how did a bill like this gain such support. Instead of cutting spending, they are adding to the deficit. Where is the logic? Where is the consistency? O, I get it. It’s not really about spending, it’s about lazy, slothful people taking advantage of our government through entitlement programs, and people who don’t want to contribute to society collecting perpetual unemployment. It is not, nor has it ever been, about spending. It is about punishing people.
Republicans proved this by also voting down a continuation of the payroll reduction tax, that put more money in the hands of every American who works. Basically, your check has been larger this past year because President Obama reduced your contribution to Social Security by 2%. While this might seem miniscule, it added about $1,500 to your pocket over the course of the year, if you made in the vicinity of $50,000. The Republicans just voted to raise taxes, something they’ve sworn to never do, at least where the wealthiest members of our society are concerned. Ask Grover Norquist.
But back to the Defense Bill. While anyone with half a brain knows that the Republicans have been playing politics for the last three years, fighting President Obama every step of the way in the hope that they can defeat him in 2012, the Democrats have again showed they have no clue as to what their agenda should be. When their leader openly vows to veto this particular piece of trash, they should not go against his wishes. Do they want to see him lose in 2012? While the Republicans march in lockstep on the tax issue, the Democrats run around helter-skelter like and stand for nothing. The Republicans, as much as I disagree with their platform, at least have one. What exactly are the Democrats trying to do? I don’t think they know.
The Defense Bill passed yesterday is an affront in many ways. At a time when spending is an issue, they are going to blow $662 billion on more of the same, keeping our defense contractors rolling in dough. As Eisenhower said, and I am paraphrasing, fear the military/industrial complex. But more importantly, fear for your rights. Over the last ten years our government has systematically erased many liberties thought untouchable previously. If they deem you an enemy of the state, they can lock you up and throw away the key. They are obligated to tell no one where you are. They will deny you an attorney. Hell, they will deny you are even locked up. All on the word of some nameless government official. And we know the government never makes a mistake.
The erosion of your rights began with the Patriot Act, and now it continues with the passage of this Defense Bill. When will it end?
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”