a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

On the elections

I am cautiously optimistic about the results. However, I will not heave a true sigh of relief until the new personnel actually take office. Yes, I trust the rethuglicans THAT MUCH. Another true sigh will be forthcoming when said new personnel undo some of the recent damage, if they do. Yes, I trust politicians in general THAT MUCH.

I am thrilled especially that Rick Santorum is outta there. However, I feel sad for his little girl, who is now being jeered and sneered at by all of those brilliant folks who think that a crying eight year old is a valid political target or object for vengeance. I feel horrified by what this says about the people supposedly on the same side that I am on. I hope that she isn't too traumatized by the vultures picking at her, and that she grows up to understand that the intensity of peoples' rage at her father isn't really about her. Attacking a child (who isn't old enough to have a good grasp of what politics even mean) just seems wrong to me. I am ashamed for those of my peers who are doing so.

Mind you, if it had been the scumbag *himself* crying, I'd be right in the middle of the feast.

Meanwhile, don't get too caught up in relief. There is still a world of damage that the current congress can accomplish before they leave, including this:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSA) has proposed that all airlines, cruise lines-even fishing boats-be required to obtain clearance for each passenger they propose taking into or out of the United States.

It doesn't matter if you have a U.S. Passport - a "travel document" that now, absent a court order to the contrary, gives you a virtually unqualified right to enter or leave the United States, any time you want. When the DHS system comes into effect next January, if the agency says "no" to a clearance request, or doesn't answer the request at all, you won't be permitted to enter-or leave-the United States.

Read about it here: http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/001156.html (where there are links to the proposal itself), and write/call/fax/email your congresscritters about it. Thanks, shiba_inu!

Also, despite democratic victory this round, voting reform remains an incredibly important issue. From EFF:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined a nationwide team of technology lawyers and other experts staffing nationwide call centers and legal command posts on Election Day. The volunteers chronicled election problems, assisted voters, and worked with election officials to pull malfunctioning machines wherever possible. By 8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, over 17,000 incidents, including machine-related problems, had been reported to the Election Protection Coalition's 866-OUR-VOTE hotline. See more about that here: http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2006_11.php#004991

Rep. Rush Holt's Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (HR 550) contains several critically important election reforms, including the requirement of a paper audit trail for all electronic voting machines, random audits, and public availability of all code used in elections. The bill has gained the support of 220 bipartisan cosponsors, and, according to Holt, it even has a chance to pass before the next Congress takes office in January.
Support it here: http://action.eff.org/
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