US Congress ratifies transition from republic to fascist dictatorship

PHOTO: Fascist eagle statue

Yesterday the Senate approved the new FISA legislation which includes telecom immunity. Bush should happily sign this bill into law soon.

This law, fully embraced by most of the Democratic party (including Barack “I will filibuster any bill that includes immunity” Obama) codifies two major affronts to our former Constitutional republic:

1) The President can ignore the law and order citizens and corporations to break the law he swore to uphold.

2) Citizens and private corporations with sufficient money for political contributions are exempt from the law.

The first is power reserved for Kings and other autocrats. Precisely the kinds of powers that sparked the backlash known as the American Revolution. The second is a sign of Italian fascism where the government and corporate power merge.

National security was the excuse our “representatives” used to pass this travesty. That’s why those that did vote for this bill are not only traitors but likely cowards as well.  In case you or they forgot their oath, here is the key part:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…

You can read more at Glenn Greenwald’s blog.

Flickr photo by scottpartee

2 Comments

  1. Ian

    I wonder if we have all just been naive and that the executive has had too much power all along. As pointed out previously on this blog, the FISA court really just gave the executive the power to do whatever it wanted anyways. It wasn’t like wiretaps were any more justified before Bush started bypassing FISA. Also, it isn’t like corporations haven’t been influencing our government since the first big ones were formed. I guess before this politicians still tried to pretend they weren’t bought and sold. Now they just flaunt it in our faces.

  2. Chris

    Ian,
    I’m not so naive to think warrantless surveillance hasn’t been going on even during the original era of FISA and before Bush became President. But before, invading our privacy carried heavy penalties if you were caught, even if it was unlikely.

    Now there is NO remedy for what you might consider an unjust invasion of your privacy. You lost some of your rights yesterday.