Monday, December 17, 2007

Senators need to EARN that promotion to POTUS

I was, sadly, not surprised when the Clinton, Obama, and Biden campaigns all announced that the SENATORS would not be heading back to Washington to follow through on their commitment to support Senator Chris Dodd (also a candidate for president)in his efforts, including filibuster if neccessary, to get the retroactive immunity for the telecommunications industry removed from the FISA bill that came to the Senate floor for debate (and vote). Fortunately, Dodd, along with a helping hand from several other senators (including our own Ron Wyden) succeeded in getting the debate and vote on FISA shelved until January. Hopefully this will give the Senate the time to do, as Wyden suggests, READ the damn thing. But what about the missing candidates/senators? Don't forget that we are still PAYING these people to do a job. And why are we, as citizens, supposed to trust them to lead us and restore the rule of law (not to mention trust) to the Office of President, when they can't even pull away from their own self-serving plans to honor a commitment that they made to Dodd and get to Washington to be the SENATORS that they still are? And if they try and use the excuse that there are larger priorities, they need to take a look at some stats released by Dodd's campaign:

11,300+ people emailed the Senators (candidates)
(16,000 people visited the page, a 75% follow through rate)...
506,000+ emails were sent to the Senate...
5,700+ comments were submitted through the website (350+ were posted on Twitter) in 7 hours...
135+ people joined the Facebook group since 11am...
340 people reported the phone calls they made to the Senate...


And those are just the stats from Dodd's site, not including people (like myself) who called and emailed on their own.

American citizens KNOW what their priorities are, and the candidates will find that showing up and suiting up is a big one.

I spent alot of years in management and I guarantee you that I would never consider promoting someone who not only fails to show up, but also fails to honor the commitment they made to do the work in exchange for that paycheck. Supporters of all three of these people (Clinton, Obama, Biden) need to really put some thought into who it is that they are supporting, and what those candidates' priorities really are.
The fight against immunity isn't over, only delayed. Keep the pressure up.

1 comment:

trouble said...

I wonder if these candidates, Clinton, Obama, and Biden realise that their actions will determine how American Citizens will vote. I mean, if we cant trust or depend on them now, why would we want to put them in the White House? I'm sure all the hand-shaking baby-holding and traveling takes a toll on them, but they still need too focus on their priorities.