LOC’s Andrew: “Where we can go from here”

Andrew from the Liberal OC, impatient with how long it’s been taking to get the blue blog back up (which I hear is mainly the fault of “Go Daddy,”) asked me to post this here for him. I’ve been too busy to post lately because of my concert tomorrow, the filming of the video for the Debbie Cook song this week, and a health care guest editorial which should be in the Register tomorrow or next Sunday. You-all are doing fine without me though – CARRY ON!


I know, I know. It’s been a tough week for all of us who care deeply about our Constitution, the foundation of our republic. And yes, I know what’s made this week tougher was Barack Obama’s agreeing to this capitulation to Bush-Cheney. So what do we do now? Where can we go? How can we put this disappointment behind us?

First off, I know some here have been uncomfortable seeing us argue over the FISA Amendments Act. But you know what? It’s not always a bad thing when all of us don’t agree with Obama on everything.

While I strongly disagree with Obama’s stance on the final FISA Amendments Act, I’m glad that there has been open discussion of this here and at other progressive/Democratic communities. Obviously, many of us ARE distressed & disappointed over this. While we all understand that sometimes we have to compromise to get at least some of what we want, I just think that the Constitution is something we should NEVER compromise on.

And no, I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. That’s why
it’s important for us to have an open discussion on this. After all,
haven’t we all hated seeing how the Bush-Cheney regime has always
crushed dissent? And how the GOP “dittohead” footsoldiers never
question their own leaders on anything?

We’re Democrats (and Independents, and Greens, and others, and even
ex-Republicans), and we’re supposed to be better than that. We’re the
ones who are supposed to be questioning authority. We’re the ones who
are supposed to hold our leaders’ feet to the fire. We’re the ones who
are supposed to strive to make things better for everyone.

So are we all still united to elect Obama this fall? Sure. But will we
all agree with everything he does? No. And are we supposed to blindly
accept everything he says? I don’t think so.

OK, so now we all understand the value of open discussion. But hey, open discussion doesn’t get Democrats elected! I know that. That’s why it’s also important that we move on to working hard to ensure we don’t see any more disappointments like this in the coming months and years.

And how can we do this? We can get involved with the Democratic Party in our communities. By electing more & bettter Democrats, we’re doing our part to ensure we won’t see any more massive failures to protect & defend our Constitution. So by volunteering and contributing, we can do a whole lot to take back our country.

Also, why not reward those who have been fighting the good fight all along? Help the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation fight this horrid FISA capitualtion in court. Believe it or not, we still have a chance to have our say in court. And since this bill is NOT a Constituional Amendment, we have at least a decent chance of overturning this heinous violation of our Fourth Amendment privacy rights.

Oh yes, and let’s also remember to reward the great Democrats that stood with us the whole time? Remember Chris Dodd. Remember the Blue America candidates. Remember Russ Feingold. Remember Barbara Boxer. Oh, and remember Hillary Clinton! She didn’t have to stand with us, but she did. She’s showing her true-blue colors now as a progressive warrior. But hey, if you don’t want to give there, give here.

And finally, let’s not forget about our nominee. While he disappointed us on the final vote, Barack Obama did support all the important amendments that would have improved the bill. And as President, he’s promising us that he will work to improve this legislation. So yes, let’s hold him accountable & make sure he keeps his promise. And at the same time, let’s all work our patooties off to ensure he becomes President so we can actually hold him to that promise! 🙂

About Vern Nelson

Greatest pianist/composer in Orange County, and official political troubadour of Anaheim and most other OC towns. Regularly makes solo performances, sometimes with his savage-jazz band The Vern Nelson Problem. Reach at vernpnelson@gmail.com, or 714-235-VERN.