Congress slept while the president grabbed more power for the Executive Branch and abrogated citizens rights, but now that their privacy has been invaded, our truly patriotic and faithful representatives have awakened to fight to keep their turf to themselves. So lets see if Ive got this straight: step on the rights of people who were supposed to represent; fine. Step on our rights, and youll have hell to pay. f*cking brilliant! Apparently, a compromise has been reached between the legislative and executive branches regarding this issue. President Bush has ordered that any records taken from Congressman William Jeffersons office be sealed for forty-five days until the legalities of the seizure can be figured out.
Tell me, who do we see to strike a compromise about the seizure of our private records? What agency exists to make sure the Justice Department, the NSA, and Defense Department are careful not to use our records against us? Just recently, a Veterans Affairs employee took a laptop with millions of records of veterans, including their names, addresses and social security numbers on it, and the laptop was stolen from the employees home. Who do these veterans see about that?
The fact is many in Congress are upset by these events because they have something to hide. They dont want federal prosecutors to know just how deeply immersed Congress is in pay to play legislation, the kind practiced by Congressman Bob Ney, former Congressman Tom DeLay, Congressman Jerry Lewis and the aforementioned Jefferson. Gosh, if the people found out how corrupt Congress really is, theyd vote incumbents asses out of office. And Congress is asserting a great amount of pressure upon the president to make sure that wont happen.
Ill tell you something. The real terrorists in this country arent named Osama or Zacharias, they arent Muslim extremists and they dont hijack airliners. The real American terrorists are our leaders themselves, hijacking the rights of individuals, creating alliances with corporations to extract more out of our wallets, and diminishing our power to do anything about it. Our current Executive and Legislative branches have done a hell of a lot more damage to this country than any potential shoe-bomber or Muslim gang member could ever hope to. And worse than any violent extremist, our leaders take umbrage when the harsh light of scrutiny is on them, claiming all kinds of Constitutional privilege.
Enough! The time has come to clean house and get rid of every last one of them from the President of the United States to the Congressional Sergeant-At-Arms. After that, we need to change the laws so politicians no longer need to be in the pockets of corporations to retain their incumbencies. In order to end the Culture of Corruption, we first need to end the Culture of Influence.