After a barroom discussion yesterday about the wisdom of Barack Obama’s vote for the unconstitutional FISA “compromise” bill, redozdachs sent me a link to Obama’s rationalization on Huffington Post. Then I read and commented on Barack’s rationalization at Obama’s own site.
But, please get the message to him: ENOUGH COMPROMISE!
I am a 54-year-old moderate Democrat, so I understand the benefits of compromise better than many. But, Barack needs the enthusiasm of new voters to win and fix the country. He’s moving too far to the right too fast. He has compromised on a key value, not on a minor legislative issue.
The FISA deal was a cave-in by folks who were afraid to be called weak on terrorism. You cannot cave in on major issues and still command an army of idealistic young people.
You have to draw the line and protect basic Constitutional rights. You won’t win by giving into the insatiable right-wing name-callers. You don’t deserve to win if you give in to the insatiable right-wing name-callers.
Barack’s FISA vote was not cast by the man I voted for this spring.