Don’t let the Senate Legislate a Secret Pardon of President Bush – Take Action (Moveon.org)
This week, the Senate is planning to quietly hold a vote that would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans.
The bill would let the administration off the hook for breaking the law and make it legal to wiretap Americans, in secret, without any oversight whenever they want to.
Democrats and some Republicans are holding strong against it, and if enough of us speak up we can stop it.
Can you sign the petition opposing the Republican move to pardon President Bush for breaking the law?
My Republican senators – Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss – would be among the last to oppose, challenge, criticize, or even discuss anything that Bush does, but I still feel that it is worthwhile to speak up for Georgia even as a minority without representation.
I am astonished that the Senate could consider whitewashing the criminal offense here by grandfathering a pardon and expanding executive powers even further.
We expect the Senate to uphold the laws of this nation and to act as a full branch of government that represents the interests of all Americans.
Even in the context of party interests, there is a pragmatic reason for Republicans to vote nay on this. Short of cancelling elections, I find it difficult to believe that hard-right rubber-stamping Republicans will continue to hold office unless they get more of a conscience on these matters. This is a matter of the fundamental duties of their position.
If our legislative branch continues to chip away at everything America means, they will have done more to meet the aims of those who use terrorist methods against us than anything that terrorists could have done.