My Congressman Tim Holden is recuperating from an operation on two herniated discs. According to WFMZ he's stuck in bed, bored stiff and catching up on his reading. As a dutiful constituent I thought I'd do him a service this time. I've put together a reading list he can use to allay his boredom and use this time productively.
The United States Constitution. Since Holden voted for torture and the repeal of habeas corpus I think the first item needs to be this document. Also, please concentrate on the Fourth Amendment. While you're at it you can add The Declaration of Independence, The Magna Carta, and The Code of Hammurabi. Together they form the basis of our rule of law. Good reading for a lawmaker.
The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Frank Rich. How the Bush Administration lied us, and some unnamed Congressmen, into war.
Sick, by Jonathon Cohn. My current reading material. It's a tale of our broken health care system.
Homophobia, Byrne Fone. Maybe this will gain him a better understanding of glbt issues so he won't keep voting for gay marriage amendments. I do give him credit for voting positively on the hate crimes law though. Perhaps he's coming around.
Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill. Meet and get scared by the rise of George Bush's own private mercenary army.
Blinded By the Right, David Brock. Essential reading Brock, a former GOP media operative, reveals what they do and how they do it.
Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks. The tale about how we lost the Iraq war.