Turn Up The Heat On Congress Over FISA

Run, don't walk...

Christy at FDL has all the pertinent numbers.

There has always been a tension between individual liberty and governmental power. National security issues are a natural fault line, given the difficulty of protecting the nation while simultaneously upholding the values of freedom and liberty. And politicians, bless their hearts, always try to find ways to consolidate their power while pretending to do so in the public interest -- and not their own and that of their cronies who benefit in some way from their decisions.

They miscalculated this time regarding how many people in America are paying attention to civil liberties concerns these days. And it is our job to make certain that they learn just how badly they have misjudged this.

It is one of the many reasons we are working so hard to build incentive through our Blue America FISA actions. (You can donate here.)

UPDATE: Sen. Russ Feingold has a factsheet on FISA and why it's a bad deal for Americans.



Late Night Music Club with Blackfire

Tomorrow Blue America has our first-ever Arizona candidate, Howard Shanker, an environmental and civil rights lawyer. He does a lot of work for the native American tribes and in fact, an edgy, punk/indigenous rights band, Blackfire, has been on the campaign trail with him playing benefits and warming up the crowds at his rallies. "They're like family to me," he told us. Come meet Howard at Firedoglake tomorrow at 11am (PT) and enjoy Blackfire's "It Ain't Over" tonight:



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Woody Guthrie

Tomorrow's Blue America special guest is Sam Bennett from Pennsylvania's Leigh Valley (PA-15). When Darcy Burner said we need "more and better Democrats," she could have been talking about Sam. Come by and meet her tomorrow at Firedoglake, 2pm, EDT. When I asked her what music she likes, she went right to "This Land is Our Land" and specified her favorite version is the original by Woody Guthrie who wrote the song in 1940 as a kind of workingmen's answer to "God Bless America." It's based on an old Baptist hymn.

And of course Sam isn't the only fan of Woody's fantastic American anthem. Listen to his son Arlo do it-- along with Bruce Springsteen, Taj mahal, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Bono and John Mellancamp do it. There have been versions by Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, and... Bush's father used it as his campaign theme song.



Late Night Music Club with Tom Petty

(Blogged by Howie Klein) Tomorrow's Blue America congressional candidate is Dan Maffei from an upstate New York district that encompasses all of Syracuse and goes right into the suburbs of Rochester. You can find out about all the political aspects of Dan's race against rubber stamp stamp Republican incumbent James Walsh tomorrow at Firedoglake at 2pm (EDT). Tonight has nothing to do with politics per se. I asked Dan why he's using Tom Petty's song "I Won't Back Down" as his campaign theme song. Dan is a big Petty fan and he loved "Free Fallin'" when he was in college but the choice of "I Won't Back Down" wasn't just about his own personal battle for this congressional seat.

Dan is like a walking advertisement for the beauty and liveability of his area of the country, an area hit hard by bad economic policies that have depopulated once thriving communities as "Free Trade" extremists like Bush gave tax breaks to American companies for exporting union jobs to China and other slave-labor countries. Progressives in areas all over America in small cities and towns that have been economically devastated by terrible policies and agendas of greed and selfishness are fighting back and they really and truly will not back down.




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