Thursday, October 18, 2007
Chris Dodd as Jimmy Stewart
Now, you're not gonna have a country that makes these kinds of rules work, if you haven't got men who've learned to tell human rights from a punch in the nose.
- Jefferson Smith's thoughts on the Constitution during his famous filibuster in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
It appears that the Senate Intelligence Committee is about to bend to the wishes of the Bush Administration, and the fears of being labelled "soft of terror" by delivering a FISA bill with everything the power-hungry administration had hoped for, including immunity from lawsuits for telecom companies who spied on Americans, illegally.
But is there a hero in the wings?
Chris Dodd needs a springboard for his presidential run. He needs to do something brave, something controversial. As firedoglake points out, he's got the credibility, putting the Constitution at the center of his campaign, and as Senator, he has a power to put a "hold" on the bill.
We in Connecticut need to urge him to do so. Give him a call and ask him to live up to the spirit of his father portrayed in the book Chris just released.
U.S. Senator Chris Dodd
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