Real Conservatives Fight the Authoritarian Pigs
AP - The Republican House Judiciary Committee chairman walked off with the gavel Friday, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing on the Patriot Act. The hearing, with the two sides accusing each other of being irresponsible and undemocratic, came as President Bush was urging Congress to renew the sections of the post-Sept. 11 counter-terrorism law set to expire in September.
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), chairman of the panel, abruptly gaveled the meeting to an end and walked out, followed by other Republicans. Sensenbrenner said that much of the testimony, which veered into debate over the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was irrelevant.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) protested, raising his voice as his microphone went off, came back on, and went off again.
"We are not besmirching the honor of the United States; we are trying to uphold it," he said. . .
Nadler said Sensenbrenner, an author of the Patriot Act, was "rather rude, cutting everybody off in midsentence with an attitude of total hostility."
Tempers flared when Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) accused Amnesty International of endangering the lives of Americans in uniform by calling the prison at Guantanamo Bay a "gulag." Sensenbrenner didn't allow the Amnesty representative, Chip Pitts, to respond until Nadler raised a "point of decency."
Sensenbrenner, who believes the Fourth Amendment gives aid and comfort to terrorists, is the same pig who wants to conscript the entire population as police informants in the so-called Drug War.
BILL PIPER, ALTERNET - A senior congressman, James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is working quietly but efficiently to turn the entire United States population into informants--by force. Sensenbrenner, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman, has introduced legislation that would essentially draft every American into the war on drugs. . .
Here's how the "spy" section of the legislation works: If you "witness" certain drug offenses taking place or "learn" about them, you must report the offenses to law enforcement within 24 hours and provide "full assistance in the investigation, apprehension and prosecution" of the people involved. Failure to do so would be a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence, and a maximum sentence of 10 years.
As you might expect, he's also a bluenose "decency" cop who froths at the mouth over dropping the f-bomb on shock radio:
NEWSDAY - Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wants criminal penalties for "indecent" speech over the airwaves. Fines weren't good enough. Sensenbrenner & Co. think the likes of Howard Stern should go to jail.
As you also might expect, he voted for the recent bankruptcy "reform" designed to force as many people as possible into Chapter 13 debt slavery when the housing bubble collapses and/or unemployment reaches 25%. And he was a strong supporter of the "Real ID" internal passport system, as well.
Apparently, the central organizing theme of Sensenbrenner's policy agenda is to turn America into a slave labor camp: a giant, dioxin-soaked, minimum wage sweatshop; but that's OK, because it'll be a fundamentalist slave labor camp, where everyone's benevolently protected from seeing bare tit on the Superbowl, or being tempted to stick his dick in the wrong kind of orifice. And as we chop cotton on agribusiness plantations to pay off our indentures to Capital One, or work for $0.15 an hour putting together Chinese radio components in the new American macquiladoras, we can all lift our voices in a rousing chorus of "Let the Eagle Soar."
On the other hand, here (via Jesse Walker on the LeftLibertarian yahoogroup) are some real conservatives, a remnant who haven't yet bowed their knees at the altar of Baal. Maybe we need a new term to distinguish them from "small-government conservatives" like Sensenbrenner who worship the Messianic State. (From, of all places, the Washington Times):
Former Rep. Bob Barr, who led conservative efforts to impeach President Clinton, is leading a group called "Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances" that is focused exclusively on opposing the renewal of the Patriot Act.
The effort also has the enthusiastic support of three of the most influential conservatives in Washington, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, David Keene of the American Conservative Union and Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum.