Tuesday, June 14, 2005


...and the horse he rode in on! This guy is fucking outrageous, and his actions as of late are appalling!

First, the fat fuck has the balls to illegally end a hearing on the Patriot Act last Friday because he disagreed with some of the testimony he was hearing:

GOP House Judiciary Chair Uses Pinochet Tactics to Abruptly and Unilaterally Shut Down Hearing

This morning, House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI) unilaterally and arbitrarily shut down committee hearings on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act without comment or issuing a statement. Sensenbrenner gaveled the committee hearings in the middle of witnesses testifying about human and civil rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay, racial profiling of individuals of Middle Eastern descent, prolonged detentions of Americans after September 11th and other abuses.

The suppression of free speech and testimony in the congressional committee in charge of protecting our civil liberties shows the Republican’s power grab has no limits and no decency. The irony was not lost on anyone.


If you want to see video of this blatant abuse of power go here

Now if that alone wasn't outrageous enough for you, now you have this...

Judiciary GOP pulls the plug on Conyers 'forums'

If the Financial Services Committee is the best in the House when it comes to bipartisan comity, then the Judiciary Committee may well be the worst.

In December, ranking Democrat John Conyers (Mich.) began holding “forums” — gatherings with all the trappings of official hearings — after Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) refused to hold hearings on topics Conyers requested. The forums have been held in smaller committee rooms, often with C-SPAN coverage and formal witness lists.

In a sign of how far relationships on the committee have soured, majority staff recently announced a new policy to deny any request from a committee Democrat for the use of a committee hearing room.


I just got off the phone with his office and I let them know how I feel. I told them that this is America, not Communist China. We have an open-society, and I don't know who the hell Sensenbrenner thinks he is, and that his actions are outrageous.

I ask the question, just how far are we from Fascism? How far?


Blogger Kevin said...

Good question!

With the most recent polling out seeming to indicate that public opinion is shifting away from Republicans in Congress and the White House, I wonder if this latest stunt won't just hurt them further.

What's odd is that when they were polling well the GOPers seemed content to pose as moderate, reasonable people. But, when the going gets tough they hunker down ideologically. Which seems counterproductive in a political sense.

Kinda makes you wonder who is running the GOP braintrust these days...

8:45 PM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

Interesting points. Maybe they figured that since Bush wasn't running for reelection next time, they could be as extreme as they want. However when they saw that the public wasn't going to allow this on issues like Social Security and Terri Shiavo they backed off and hunkered down. Thankfully they did.

Another interesting note is that congress is now pushing for an amendment to the Constitution that will make flag burning illegal. While I personally have never burned a flag, I think the freedom to do so should be available. To argue otherwise is to go against the founding ideals of this nation and what we truly stand for.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Well, I think their mishandling of the Terri Schiavo thing hurt them worse than even current polling indicates. There is a very strong libertarian streak running thru conservative America. And what the GOPers in DC did was completely counter to the cherished individual freedoms that libertarianism enshrines.

I think polling numbers will continue to erode for them.

4:58 PM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

"I think polling numbers will continue to erode for them."

I sure hope you are right...

7:48 PM  

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