H.R. 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act (c'mon, fellas, commas are your friends!), would, among other nefarious actions, require you to pay a $5,000 fee if you want to protest any oil or gas drilling, even if it might be occurring in your backyard and thus poisoning your air and water. Do big corporations seriously regard peaceful protests as a violation of their "rights"? Well, demanding a fee so you can protest violates the First Amendment about as directly as I can imagine. Oh, and the bill would also force our government to approve all drilling permits within 60 days. How does one call this bill, which would permit drilling to proceed before we can determine it's safe, conservative? After all, I don't define "conservatism" as "doing big corporations' will and nothing else, ever." I think H.R. 1965 demands a phone call to your Reps and Senators. They'll never see it coming.
Meanwhile, Daily Kos helps you tell Congress to stop with the hurtful spending cuts already and audit the Defense Department. Why audit the Defense Department? Not just because the Defense Department spends a lot of money, on projects of questionable utility -- because the Defense Department can hardly tell where the money goes. No, I'm not exaggerating: Reuters has reported, somewhat drily, that "fudging the accounts with false entries is standard operating procedure." Why, even ex-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in 2011 that he "learned that it was nearly impossible to get accurate information and answers to questions such as ‘How much money did you spend' and ‘How many people do you have?'" And yet our elites -- the stupidest, greediest, most venal people who have ever lived -- continue to natter on about cutting food stamps and cutting Medicare and cutting Social Security, as if that'll do anything but injure good Americans. It's well past time to change the conversation.
Finally, Amnesty International helps you tell Congress to support H.R. 3571, the International Violence Against Women Act. I know, I know, it was like pulling teeth to get Congress to do a proper Violence Against Women Act reauth that gave a hand-up to abused American women, but our duty is our duty. The International Violence Against Women Act would help fund organizations that change attitudes about women overseas, would train health care providers and law enforcement personnel to be more sensitive to signs of sexual and physical abuse in overseas clients, and would help girls go to school without, you know, getting shot in the head by the Taliban. Men in a lot of countries don't look down upon rape and abuse of women they way they should, and we're not being "imperialists" if we help them do better at that. I suppose Congress stands ready to say we just don't have the money to spend helping foreign women. To which I respond: a Congress that does not have the money to do the right thing, but throws away money on unconstitutional surveillance and corporate pork, does not deserve the honor of serving the American people.