Does John T. Doolittle Support and Defend the Constitution?
the Republican Party?
Having not heard from my congressional representative since the
last election, I again find my mail box filled with negative
attack ads against his opponent, currently Lt. Colonel Charlie Brown.
Of course, the full color attack ads are not directly from
Doolittle, but from the National Republican Congressional
Committee. Let's be frank, the ads insult my intelligence and
contradict my belief of what it means to be an American.
Let's take the Patriot Act. In the NRCC literature, Charlie
Brown is criticized for calling parts of the Patriot Act "as
wrong as you can get..." There is no question that parts of the
Patriot Act violate our Constitution's Fourth Amendment by
authorizing our Government to secretly invade our homes in the
middle of the night, without a search warrant.
Let's take the secret government wire taps. Charlie Brown is
criticized again because he "is uncomfortable with the decision
to do surveillance on Americans without obtaining warrants from
the secret FISA court". While the NRCC claims to have their
facts right, they seem to have missed the congressional
committee meetings addressing the failed bill that authorized
our government to listen to our phone calls without a warrant.
Our administration, backed by Republican leaders, believes the
Fourth Amendment a nuisance. Why else would they continue to set
up the straw man that those of us that grew up believing in the
freedom our Constitution has provided us for over 200 years is a
claim that we do not want to monitor the calls of terrorists?
The terrorist surveillance program, as proposed, did authorize
our government to monitor the calls of innocent American
citizens without a warrant.
And finally, we have the Prisoner Detention Act which gives our
government the authority to declare any American citizen an
"enemy combatant" and the right to lock you up in prison and use
"alternative procedures" to force a confession with no hope of
legal counsel. This single legislative act renders 9 of the 10
acts of the Bill of Rights obsolete, null and void.
I am sorry, this is not the America I learned about in civics
classes. It smells of Germany of the 1930s. The War on Terror is
not about terrorists that hate our freedoms, it is about
powerful elites that hate our freedoms because our freedoms limit their
Please vote for Charlie Brown.
Throw The Bums Out, Starting In Lake Tahoe
(09/03/2006): With the 2006 mid term elections drawing closer,
it is easy to become frustrated. No matter how
many times I rearrange the deck chairs along Republican and
Democratic Party lines, I always get a disturbing result, a
choice between two evils. A continuing Iraq war with a promise
of ending illegal immigration (House remains Republican), or
legalized illegal immigration and a promise to end the Iraq war
(House turns Democratic).
Charles D. Brown (born 1949) is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt.
Colonel and Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2006
election for California's 4th congressional district.
Now here is
somebody I can relate to! Grew up in the same neck of the
woods as myself, and is a former life-long
Republican (I can only claim the Reagan years) running on the Democratic ticket! Please, please,
tell me more!
issue after issue: Security, Ethical Leadership, Responsible
government, Putting local communities first, Lobbying/Ethics
Reform, National Security, IRAQ, Homeland Security, Fiscal
Responsibility, Jobs/Economy, Retirement Security/Seniors,
Healthcare, Veterans, Environment/Energy, Auburn Dam, Education,
Immigration, Local Infrastructure, Abortion, 2nd Amendment, Gay
Marriage, Stem Cell Research, or Capital Punishment, Charlie
Brown offers up wholesome American virtues and leadership that
is desperately needed and missing, on Capitol Hill.
It is time for a change. I would encourage all to learn more
about Charlie and then help to elect him to California's 4th
(09/01/2006): Earlier this week, United States Secretary of
Donald Henry Rumsfeld kicked off the Administration's 3rd
public relations attempt to sell their continuing war plans in
Iraq. This was preceded by a comment last week by President Bush
reminding us that if you thought things were bad in Iraq,
imagine the disaster that would occur if we were to leave Iraq (Vietnam
Karl Christian Rove's political strategy to keep Republicans
in control of both houses of Congress after the 2006 mid-term
While it is very clear, that our reasons for being in Iraq have
changed year by year, and in fact, the arguments have become
circular, it is also clear that our
Administration's belief in
unitary executive theory would be severely hampered without
the "fog of fear" that has characterized neo-con ambitions since
the beginning. The most recent example was our Administration's
reaction to the
London airline bombing threat. Despite a
10 year knowledge of the possible threat from liquid
explosives and a clear knowledge of the plot over a period of
weeks, the American public was subjected to a knee jerk reaction
that suddenly prohibited the carry on of all liquids, instilling
fear and economic hardship and disruption to thousands.