Today, after the Senate passed a preliminary "sho, boss, whatever you say, boss" on the Patriot Act renewal--with a little smidge of protections added for effect--Sen Russ Feingold read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before leaving the chamber.
At last--some political theater I can appreciate!
Sadly though, it was a RIP moment, with its promise of "somewhat limiting" governmental powers to compel information from people targeted in terror probes. Sounds necessary until you're the hapless target, doesn't it?
So earlier today, the Senate passed the measure 95-4, with Senators Byrd, Jeffors, and Harkin joining Feingold in the No Vote category. Leahy was successfully prevented from adding amendments. Guess the concerns of the people he represents don't count in the chamber.
"The die has now been cast," said Feingold after the Senate voted 84-15 to end his filibuster. "Obviously at this point, final passage of the reauthorization bill is now assured."
The final vote in the Senate will probably come Friday, March 3, and be on Bush's desk for his signature by or before the extension expires, March 10. (Do we get a squirrelly "signing statement" with that? How 'bout some Freedom Fries...or better yet, hold the fries, I'll take the freedom.)
This week, slow moving Neptune is sitting at 18AQ+...the midpoint of the Constitution's natal Saturn/Pluto midpoint:
Sat/Plu = Neptune: the desire to harm others secretly; fraud, falsehood, lies; danger through poison, gas, or water; immorality.
(Plus, this is doubly emphasized by the fact that transiting Sat/Plu is now atop natal Neptune!)
I esp like that first one--very descriptive, don't you think? 'Cos it's all secret and all--just the way the GOP likes it.
Here's my earlier post on the fading-fast Constitution:
Stars Over Washington: Get Your US Constitution While Ya Can