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To do list

Posted by Thomas Nephew on July 12th, 2008

    • Get FISA RightEmail Your Senators About Their FISA Votecheck
    • Join and participate in the online site Senator, please get FISA rightcheck
    • Add your name to the ACLU’s newspaper ad announcing a lawsuit against the FISA Amendment Act seeking a ruling that it’s unconstitutional — check
    • Forward ACLU ad signature link widely — check
    • Let Barack Obama know how you feel about his vote; sign an open letter to Sen. Obama demanding accountability — check:

      Senator Obama,

      I voted for you in February in Maryland. I nearly voted Edwards, even though he was out of the race, so I was not among your fervent supporters at that time. Still, I thought that you had integrity, that you’d got Iraq right when Clinton, Edwards… and I had got it wrong. So I believed that you would get us out of Iraq, and the more I learned about you, the more I thought you were a serious person who revered the Constitution and would restore the balances between the presidency and Congress, even if I didn’t agree with all of your positions (esp. impeachment of Bush and Cheney, who merit it as no others ever have).

      All that is called into question by your reversal on opposing FISA [Amendment Act] amendments like those striking telecom immunity [from the Act passed on Wednesday]. You apparently do not stand for accountability, either of lawbreakers like Bush and his accomplices in the administration or outside of it — or for yourself, arguing that you say things in the “heat of the moment” and so forth.

      Above all, shame on you for breaking your word to primary voters on this and on campaign finance, to name the two main instances. Shape up. Look, I don’t want you to pander to me — but I don’t want you to pander to anyone else either. Your reversal on these issues leaves me no choice but to think you’ve been pandering to *someone*.

      Stop it. Either come clean that you don’t really stand for change anyone ought to believe in — or stand for the hard thing these days: for the rule of law, for accountability, for principles. Don’t imagine you’re “running to the center”. Imagine you have the hopes of millions that you’ll actually stand for what’s decent and right, not what will win you the applause of Washington’s pundits and politicians.

    • Stop giving money to the Democratic Party — check:

      —– Original Message —-
      From: DNCMemberServices <>
      To: [thomasn528 at prodigy dot net]
      Sent: Monday, July 7, 2008 11:27:21 AM
      Subject: Re: Signup: Donor Contact
      Thank you for recent email message about your Democracy Bond. As you requested we canceled the automatic monthly payments. The Democratic National Committee truly appreciates your support. You may confirm your cancellation or reactivate your bond online anytime at changes.
      Again, thank you for your support.
      DNC Member Services
      Democratic National Committee
      (202) 863-8000

      = = = = = =
      [Form Name: Donor Contact
      Submit Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 22:53:07 -0400]
      Your Question or Concern:
      I would like to stop contributing monthly to the DNC, because of the
      recent actions on the FISA bill. I can not find a way to do this
      online the way I expected to be able to. Please advise.

    • Promote alternative, issues-based platforms and politicians — Democrats and otherwise — advocating respect for human rights, reducing U.S. militarism, and increasing constitutional adherence, rule of law, and accountability. E.g. …
  • Become a StrangeBedfellow!Pledge to donate to on August 8 — a.k.a. “Strange Bedfellows”: civil liberties activists from across the political spectrum, raising money to “…remove from power the key enablers of the tyrannical and lawless FISA ‘compromise’; we can end the Patriot Act—and so much more.”check.
    (For more about this initiative, see posts by Glenn Greenwald and Jane Hamsher.)
  • Recapture the Flag (Common Cause) — check.: We’ve asked every congressional and presidential candidate to make five simple promises:
    • End torture, respect human rights and restore America’s reputation in the world.
      Respect the rule of law and fiercely challenge anyone who seeks to undermine the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
    • Root out corruption, special interest abuses and partisan prejudice in the administration of justice.
    • Hold to account – without exception – anyone who breaks the law or violates the public trust.
    • Protect personal freedom by rejecting warrantless spying and other affronts to individual liberty.
  • Elect to End Torture (Human Rights First) — check.
  • A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraqcheck. Here’s more about this initiative on this blog.
  • newsrack actblue donations web page: Darcy Burner, Donna Edwards, Robert Wexler… — check
  • Work to defeat or weaken Democratic leadership co-responsible for the introduction of the FISA bill, for failing to implement the will of the electorate in 2006 to get U.S. troops out of Iraq, for demanding acts of war against Iran, for stonewalling impeachment of the war criminals and constitutional scofflaws George W. Bush and Richard Cheney, and/or for building the wrong Democratic Party. — check (12/4/08)
  • Work to oppose the ICC and slot machine gambling in Maryland — two deeply misguided, lucrative-for-the-few, harmful-for-the-many plans. — partial check (12/4/08)
  • Unlike Senator Barack Obama, I keep my promises, so I will work once – but likely only once — for and with the Obama/Democratic Party campaign in the general campaign. However, I’ll work on behalf of an McCain defeat more often than once if (1) that seems absolutely necessary and/or (2) I can do so under different auspices, benefiting political organizations other than the one headed by today’s Democratic party leadership. — check (12/4/08)

UPDATE, 12/4/08: checks or partial checks added to final three bullet points. See also “How that worked out: an election followup.”  I didn’t do enough about slots, let alone the ICC, but I did mention them.

2 Responses to “To do list”

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    […] I was going to do something like this after the FISA Amendment Act vote, and so I did.  (”To do list“, 7/12/08: “- […]

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