Dodd to Senate: SACK UP

Read the whole thing. I’ve been trying for an hour to pick out the best bit, and I can’t. I can only wish I’d heard it, because holy shit, does this guy ever blow the doors off when he’s on a hot streak:

We’ve let outrage upon outrage upon outrage slide with nothing more than a promise to stop the next one.

There is only one issue here. Only one. The law issue. Attack the president’s contempt for the law at any point, and it will be wounded at all points.

That’s why I’m here today. I am speaking for the American people’s right to know what the president and the telecoms did to them. But more than that, I am speaking against the president’s conviction that he is the law. Strike it at any point, with courage, and it will wither.

That’s the big deal. That is why immunity matters—dangerous in itself, but even worse in all it represents. No more. No more. This far, Mr. President—but no further.

More and more, Americans are rejecting the false choice that has come to define this administration: security or liberty, but never, ever both.

It speaks volumes about the president’s estimation of the American people that he expects them to accept that choice.

The truth, though, is that shielding corporations from lawsuits does absolutely nothing for our security. I challenge the president to prove otherwise. I challenge him to show us how putting these companies above the law makes us safer by an iota.

That, I am convinced, he can’t do.

More every day. More every fucking day.

Hat tip to reader Paddy.


6 thoughts on “Dodd to Senate: SACK UP

  1. Thanks A for h/t. What I caught was a beautiful thing. I’m still looking for some vid of it and if I find it, I’ll pass it along.

  2. I called both the Obama and Clinton campaign offices today, told them I was an undecided California voter (which is true), and that the first one of them that gets to Washington to help Chris Dodd gets my vote. And if neither of them does, then Edwards gets it.
    So I guess we’ll see come Monday.

  3. You know, I spend a lot of time wishing our leaders talked more like the blogosphere. It’s very rare I hear anything from our leadership not said better, stronger, MORE by the blogosphere. It’s rare, but it happens. This is one of those times.

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