This week, Rep. Ron Paul introduced HR 3835 – the American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007. This bill, if passed, would go a long way towards restoring liberty and the constitution in this country, and eliminate a number of “laws” that were enacted beyond the Constitution’s limit on federal power.
More specifically, The American Freedom Agenda Act would
- bar the use of evidence obtained through torture
- require that federal intelligence gathering is conducted in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
- create a mechanism for challenging presidential signing statements
- repeal the Military Commissions Act, which, among other things, denies habeas corpus to certain detainees
- prohibit kidnapping, detentions, and torture abroad
- protect journalists who publish information received from the executive branch
- ensure that secret evidence is not used to designate individuals or organizations with a presence in the U.S. as foreign terrorists.
None of these were constitutional in the first place, and all are morally repugnant to the ideals of a free society. There is evidence of strong support for ending each of these individually, but no one in government seems to have the courage to do anything about it.
Ron Paul, on the other hand, had the courage to introduce legislation to end all of it. No one on either side of the aisle has done anything close.
I was browsing around the net looking for people who were writing about this big news, and came across an article on DailyKos.com (the hotbed of Democratic bloggers online) – which simply gave the text of the legislation and asked people to support it:
Please contact your Rep and ask for them to support this Resolution that has been introduced in the House today. The details of the Act are under the fold.
This didn’t get much traction on Kos – which I thought was odd, because it was a call to repeal so much of what the Bush administration had instituted over the last 6 years.
In fact, reading the comments was even worse – of the few posted, there were two that were downright hostile to the bill – not because it was a bad bill – but because it was introduced by Ron Paul, a Republican.
Here’s a comment by “Marcus Tullius”
Instead of supporting Ron Paul’s bill, I’d like to see the Dems propose their own.
I do not plan to help Ron Paul make political points. Imo, the Majority needs to put forward a bill proposing essentially the same thing. Couple of reasons why.
First, it denies R’s the ability to say that they are the party advocating a restoration of the rule of law. I aim to kill their party, and helping R sponsored bills pass is not on my list of shit to do right now.
Second, it requires any R that would support to vote against his/her party, and his/her president. That’s helpful because it further splinters their party, and it weakens the president.
So, to my mind, the only solution is a Dem sponsored bill. And they need to propose one, imo.
Although no one in his party has introduced legislation that’s even remotely similar – and although he supports the repeal of these awful laws, he won’t support it unless it’s been done by a Democrat.
It’s just this kind of attitude that, in my opinion, has gotten us to where we are now, and people like Marcus make me sick.
Marcus has no problem with torture, kidnapping, ending habeas corpus, and the like – and refuses to support the end of such activities, unless ended by a democrat.
I wonder how pervasive this kind of attitude is.
Party vs Freedom?
People like Marcus are happy to throw away your liberty, as long as it serves his party.
Now that’s a traitor if I ever saw one.