But only if we’re aggressive.
My friend Marco sent me a link to an incredibly important article. Glenn Greenwald has effectively reframed American politics as a struggle between voters and the political class:
The August 8 Money Bomb is intended to be used to fuel a long-term campaign and an enduring organization devoted to changing the behavior of the political class with regard to these issues. We intend to begin now actively recruiting and promoting credible primary challengers against the likes of Steny Hoyer and other key culprits; to target for defeat those members of Congress who continue to support policies of this sort, Democrat or Republican; and to find ways to affect the public discourse on these issues, which are jointly distorted and ignored by both the so-called “liberal Beltway establishment” and the crux of the Republican Party.
In 2006, we played by party rules. True, we played hardball, and played more skillfully and effectively than ever before. But we still played the party game. And as Glenn notes, that left us in the lurch. We had Democrats who were complicit, and Republicans who were voracious, and only a few from either party have consistently stood up and fought.
So what is being proposed is the creation of a long term Political Action Committee to aggressively take down incumbents who trespass on the constitution and our civil liberties:
Strangebedfellows is a unique and diverse left–right coalition which has come together to put a stop to the eradication of civil liberties in America. Modeled on a similar group in Britain, the initial Strangebedfellows group encompasses Ron Paul supporters (BreakTheMatrix.com, Rick Williams and Trevor Lyman), leading bloggers from the left (Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com, Jane Hamsher of firedoglake.com) and many more who share the view that warrantless surveillance, telecom immunity and other such outrages of the lawless surveillance state MUST END—AND END NOW. Our group of Strangebedfellows is organizing a moneybomb on behalf of AccountabilityNowPAC, and we’re reaching out to friends and colleagues from across the political spectrum who believe in the Bill of Rights and freedom in America. So join us– become a Strangebedfellow! Add your name and group to our list of backers, and enter your pledge today to donate to AccountabilityNowPAC. Let’s reverse these police state sellouts by our political leaders—FOREVER.
Its simple. By joining in this coalition, we are taking aim at any politician of any party who attacks civil liberties and constitutional rights. And we are putting our time, money, energy where our mouth is. There is no party loyalty. There is simply strategy and loyalty to civil rights.
On August 8th there is a fundraising drive (from Greenwald’s article, emphasis mine):
In the past few months, we’ve raised almost $350,000 with our old FISA-specific fund — the vast bulk of that amount being raised in the last several weeks. And in just the last week alone, more than 2,000 people have already pledged to donate to the Strange Bedfellows’ August 8 Money Bomb. And that’s before most of the efforts on behalf of the Money Bomb campaign have begun. It is virtually certain that the August 8 Money Bomb will generate at least as much as the amount raised already for the prior fund, and it’s very likely that it will produce far more than that amount. Thus, this Constitution-defending, civil-liberties campaign will be one of the most successful short-term political fund-raising campaigns on the Internet, demonstrating that there is a very real, intense, active and substantial constituency for these civil liberties, Constitutional rights and rule of law issues.
This is a show of power. It is a roar that should crack the marble in Washington and send political and media elites scurrying. And we will only get that powerful an effect if enough of us join in at the top of our lungs.
This effort will determine the nature of our government and the extent of our liberty. Its the most promising front in the defining battle of our generation.
It’s clobberin time.