Should you be investigated by your government merely for exercising your First Amendment right to redress grievances and assemble peaceably? I kid, of course: y'all know the short answer to that is "no" and the long answer is "hell no!" And yet the FBI and the DHS have tracked, infiltrated, and spied upon Occupy and Black Lives Matter (among others) under the pretense of conducting "counterterrorism." Of course, anyone "terrorized" by Occupy or Black Lives Matter needs a therapist, not an enabler. So the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Defending Dissent Foundation help you tell the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to investigate government surveillance of activists exercising their First Amendment rights. It's a conundrum for the Republicans who control both committees: they won't want to investigate, because dirty hippies, but then again they might want to investigate, because Obama. It's hard out there for a pimp. But if you do the right thing by your country and your constituents, you don't need to be a pimp.
Meanwhile, S. 2341 would designate nearly 1.6 million coastal acres of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness under the Wilderness Act, thus protecting those acres from oil drilling, since the Wilderness Act prohibits the road-building and mechanized-transport activity oil drilling requires. Drilling for oil in ANWR has been an obsession of the right for many years now, but frankly there's much less oil in ANWR than they typically claim, so drilling in ANWR would have done little but make make certain oil producing corporations (even) richer. I can't even say the good citizens of Alaska (who get dividends out of the Alaska Permanent Fund, funded by Alaskan oil revenues) would be see more than marginally bigger payouts, and preferring that over keeping the land, the air, and the water clean (not to mention preserving the area's biological diversity) would be short-term thinking. The League of Conservation Voters helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the nefarious effects of oil drilling.
Finally, CREDO helps you tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the citizens deserve mandatory GMO labeling, not the hifalutin buffoonery of QR "smart codes." Why can Democrats never sustain electoral victory, even when Republicans dump it in their lap? One major reason is that they think they're so damn smart, and the USDA's apparent preference for QR codes over a label that simply says "made with genetically-modified organisms" exemplifies that arrogance -- no, arrogance is what it is, even if the person being arrogant wears glasses and speaks softly. But you can't read a QR label unless you have a particular app on your smartphone. You know what's easier than figuring out how to get this app on your smartphone and then figuring out how to use it? Reading the words "made with genetically-modified organisms," that's what. And who are mostly likely not to have smartphones in the first place? Poor folks, disabled folks, and seniors -- basically, three longtime traditional Democratic constituencies. Democratic politicians: so smart, they're stupid.