CONSTITUTIONAL COUCH POTATOES

“With the distance of history, the questions will be narrowed, and few; did this generation of Americans take the threat seriously, and did we do what it takes to defeat that threat?”

Oh, the irony. That was President Bush, yesterday, upon signing the Military Commissions Act of 2006. In case you weren’t paying attention, and it would appear from the collective yawn that greeted this act that most of us weren’t, this piece of legislation pretty much signals the end of our democracy as we’ve known it.

Russ Feingold said “We will look back on this day as a stain on our nation’s history.”

Jonathan Turley, professor of constitutional law at George Washington University, told Keith Olbermann last night:

People have no idea how significant this is, really, what a time of shame this is for the American system. What the Congress did, and what the President signed today, essentially revokes over two hundred years of American principles and values. It couldn’t be more significant, and the strange thing is we’ve become sort of constitutional couch potatoes, I mean, the Congress just gave the President despotic powers and you could hear the yawn across the country as people turned to, you know, Dancing With the Stars. I mean, it, it’s, it’s other-worldly…

…this is going to go down in history as one of our greatest self-inflicted wounds, and I think you can feel the judgment of history. It won’t be kind to President Bush, but, frankly, I don’t think it will be kind to the rest of us. I think that history will ask, “Where were you? What did you do when this thing was signed into law?”

There were people that protested the Japanese concentration camps, there were people that protested these other acts, but we are strangely silent in this national yawn as our rights evaporate.

A nation of sheep sleeps while democracy gets slaughtered.