Accountability and Politics: Bedfellows at Last!

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.

Become a StrangeBedfellow!

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.

There’s a number of ways to join.  Become a SponsorHelp spread the wordPledge to donate on August 8th.

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.

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8 Responses

  1. Great post. And great ending line.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Dan. I signed up, too.

  3. We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgement of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again

    The change, it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the foe, that’ all
    And the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they all flown in the next war

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    I’ll move myself and my family aside
    If we happen to be left half alive
    I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
    For I know that the hypnotized never lie

    Do ya?

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    There’s nothing in the street
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
    And the parting on the left
    Is now the parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

  4. mdking,
    Thanks!

    Ralfast,
    This isn’t the new boss. Its a powerful new alliance to restore accountability to the constitution by kicking out anyone who treads on it. This stuff actually has me optimistic.

  5. True, but after what has happened since 2006, I don’t know what to think anymore.

  6. I think this is largely in response to 2006. But if I recall (and I wish I could find the post), at dailykos there was a really insightful piece about how we will probably keep falling down after our victories (and certainly our losses), but to keep fighting. So we help 10 people defeat incumbents, and 6 of them turn out to be just as bad. Then we fight those 6, and continue to support the 4 who retained their principles.

    But building a political culture where accountability is expected, swift and effective is going to take work and time. We need to start somewhere.

  7. […] You will not find a more worthy cause. […]

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