We thought Bush was a major flip-flopper, but John McCain is proving to be even worse!
At hand (and close to my personal privacy heart) is the Hoyer Fisa bill which would grant retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies who are guilty of unlawfully wiretapping millions of innocent United States citizens for the last several years.
The bill cleared the House by 293 to 129, with near-unanimous support from Republicans and substantial backing from Democrats. It now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass it next week by a wide margin. Here’s the state-by-state breakdown of that voting:
At least my state representatives saw fit to vote against this measure, though they were in the minority overall. Only only vote in CT for the measure was from Republican Christopher Shays. The other votes were all against the measure, and all from Democrats.
For: CT-4 – Christopher Shays [R]
Representative John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican minority leader had this to say on the matter.
“Our intelligence officials must have the ability to monitor terrorists suspected of plotting to kill Americans and to safeguard our national security…” […] “This bill gives it to them.”
But apparently the candidate for the Republican nomination for President, John McCain has said:
No, wait, I mean..
No, wait… on second thought,
He flips. He flops. He flips. He flops. It’s like a Fisher Price children’s toy. He can’t make up his mind at all or stick to his position. What an invertebrate. There’s an even scarier example of his flip-flopping that might open your eyes even wider.
Do you really want this person at the helm, guiding this country through the next 4 years, with all of the complicated and blended political, moral, social and economic issues facing the world?
Here is a brief video of Dennis Kucinich arguing against changes to FISA…
This is proving to be a very interesting debate indeed.
“has abused [its] authority and undermined the Constitution by intercepting the communications of innocent Americans without their knowledge or the required court orders.”
“Given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as president, I will carefully monitor the program.”
“[The bill] does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses.”
“Freedom is a muscle. It only gets stronger the more you use it.”
Let’s start using it!