Barbara Lee

Here is the text of the speech given by Rep.Barbara Lee (Democrat) of Oakland, I believe, the lone dissenter in the vote to give G.W. Bush blanket authority to go to war against terrorism.

While I know that war-crazed mania is sweeping the US, and that the difference between republicans and democrats has never been smaller, I remain shocked and appalled that only one politician dissented. I don’t know anything about Barbara Lee, but I am impressed by her speech here and glad that someone said this at least. That she recalls the similar vote that led to Vietnam, perhaps America’s greated embarrassment, I hope that she is not equally prescient as her dissenting predecessors were.