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  Like all Americans, I woke up on the morning of September 11th, 2001 as though it was simply another day.  The horrific events that unfolded made it anything but, and our lives were changed forever.  In the days after 9/11, I was proud to stand with the President in strong support of the authorization to use force against those who attacked us.  During those days our President showed great leadership.  Politics were put aside, the country pulled together and for a brief time we were united.

  In the four-plus years since, everything changed.  The President exploited the climate of anxiety, misusing the trust he was given in the wake of the attacks on 9/11 to, among other things, grab intrusive powers in the Patriot Act, and take us into a war in Iraq that has been a diversion from the critical fight against terrorism.

  Serious questions remain about certain provisions in the Patriot Act that threaten the privacy of innocent Americans, and about the basis for the claims the administration made in leading us into the Iraq war.  In both of those instances, Congress gave its approval to the President's actions, however mistaken that approval may have been.

  That was not the case with the illegal domestic wiretapping program authorized by the President shortly after September 11th.  The President violated the law, ignored the Constitution and two branches of government, and disregarded the rights and freedoms upon which our country was founded.  No one questions whether the government should wiretap terrorists -- of course we should, and we can under current law.  But the President is refusing to follow that law, which includes safeguards to protect innocent Americans, and instead he's making up his own law.  It's time that he is held accountable for breaking the law.

  Congress may consider a range of other actions, including investigations, an independent counsel, or even impeachment.  But at a minimum, and as a first step, Congress should censure a president who has so plainly broken the law.  

  Today I will introduce a Senate resolution censuring the President.

  The facts and the case for censure are clear.  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, makes it a crime to wiretap American citizens without a court warrant - which is what the President has admitted doing.  Before the program was revealed, he also misled Congress and the American people about the wiretapping that was being done.  For example, at a 2004 speech in Buffalo, he said, "Any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires, a wiretap requires a court order."  And at a 2004 speech in my home state of Wisconsin, he said that "the government can't move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order."

  When the domestic spying story first broke, the President went from saying he wouldn't be able to talk about it, to suggesting there was no other way to wiretap terrorists, to implying that the FISA law is out of date.  He went on to claim that sweeping inherent powers of the presidency or the authorization of force back in 2001 gave him such authority -- neither of which is legally or factually correct.  While the President has cherry-picked information before, he cannot do the same with the laws of our land.

  Censuring the President is not something that should be taken lightly.  But the President has BROKEN the law and there needs to be action and accountability.
 

Originally posted to Russ Feingold on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:41 AM PST.

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  •  A serious but necessary step to (36+ / 0-)

    reclaim our Constitutional rights.

    Good luck.



    f/k/a one of the people "`Our country, right or wrong!' . . . when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." (Sen. Carl Schurz)

    by another American on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:39:58 AM PST

  •  Thank you (12+ / 0-)

    I look forward to working for you in NH in 2008 :-)

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power"

    by dopper0189 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:41:27 AM PST

  •  I don't think (10+ / 0-)

    it's going to succeed, but I admire the audacity and the principles behind the effort.  It takes serious cojones to even offer this motion, and I salute you for that reason alone.  Good luck.

    Jamie Raskin for State Senate -- Progressive leadership for a progressive Maryland

    by jsmdlawyer on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:43:04 AM PST

  •  Any Co-sponsors yet? (15+ / 0-)

    Have any of your fellow senators signed on to co-sponsor the resolution?  I'm planning to call my senators today and wondered if I should thank them for standing up for what's right, or kick their butts into gear.  :)

  •  If only every Democrat (31+ / 0-)

    Had your courage, candor, diligence, and principles.

    Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina, and Arizona, and Oklahoma....

    by Cathan on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:43:18 AM PST

    •  I'm actually (4+ / 0-)

      still quite concerned that no Republicans are crossing over on this one. This should not be a partisan issue - Congress' credibility and power to check Executive overreach is very much at stake here. If it's revealed thru their inaction that they are essentially a Vichy Congress there'll be hell to pay and (as usual) it'll be us that do the paying

      •  The resolution - and argument - must be temperate (0+ / 0-)
        ... enough to put one or more Republican votes in play.

        Not just the initial resolution, but the resolution after amendments.

        Maybe you can get a vote or two, making it a "bipartisan initiative".

        Maybe you can put a GOP incumbent (Chafee) or two on the hot seat in November, or later.

        None Dare Call It Stupid!

        by RonK Seattle on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:32:30 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I guess we'll see... (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Revel, blueoasis

        wether or not that so called "Republican revolt" over the ports deal was genuine.

        By the way, we've had a Vichy congress for at least 4 years now with the exception of very few members.  Let's hope Senator Feingold has enough momentum to change that.

        Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina, and Arizona, and Oklahoma....

        by Cathan on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:11:42 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I guess we'll see... (0+ / 0-)

        wether or not that so called "Republican revolt" over the ports deal was genuine.

        By the way, we've had a Vichy congress for at least 4 years now with the exception of very few members.  Let's hope Senator Feingold has enough momentum to change that.

        Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina, and Arizona, and Oklahoma....

        by Cathan on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:15:05 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I guess we'll see... (0+ / 0-)

        wether or not that so called "Republican revolt" over the ports deal was genuine.

        By the way, we've had a Vichy congress for at least 4 years now with the exception of very few members.  Let's hope Senator Feingold has enough momentum to change that.

        Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina, and Arizona, and Oklahoma....

        by Cathan on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:16:12 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  If only every Democrat.... (0+ / 0-)

      Senator, I am posting this the day after.  By this time, we've heard (or not heard) from your fellow Democrats.  Many have not backed you up on the censure.  It would make sense to me that, before you presented the call for censure that you supposed you had support from other Dems.  I am wondering if who it is that's stabbed you in the back.  I'd like to to know that right now.

      You have captured my heart.  I live in New Orleans but have friends who moved here from Milwaukee about 6 years ago.  They absolutely adore you.  I've decided you are candidate for President.  Please run.

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold (26+ / 0-)

    I've called my Senators in support of your resolution, and hope that they'll stand behind it.  As of right now, you've got my vote in 2008.

  •  Thank you Senator!! (5+ / 0-)

    You are truely a great American!

    http://www.dubyaD40.com

  •  Thank you once again, Senator Feingold! (18+ / 0-)

    It does my heart good to see that at least one Senator is willing to stand up and fight for the Constitution.

    Many people here have been getting discouraged, and we really needed to see a little spine at this particular moment.

    I will call my Senators and ask them to stand with you.

    Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

    by saucy monkey on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:44:18 AM PST

  •  I've got the Span on now (11+ / 0-)

    and called my congresscritters this am. Both Bayh & Lugars office gave me the run-around, but I will be calling back in a bit.
     God bless you sir, and ROCK ON!!

    Hey South Dakota? Get your nose outta my crotch!!

    by paddykraska on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:45:13 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Sen. Feingold (9+ / 0-)

    for representing those of us who cannot count on our own elected officials. Chambliss and Isakson would spontaneously combust before they'd dare question the president.

    •  sbdenmon (0+ / 0-)

      Boy did you hit that nail right on it's head.  Chambliss and Isakson are an embarassment to me!!!!  Water carriers both.  Pisses me OFF!!!!!!!  You know what the chances of getting rid of those two are??  F*ckin zilch in this beautiful but oh so backwards state.  

      -5.0,-5.54 "Much Madness is divinest sense - to a discerning eye - Much sense, the starkest madness..." Emily Dickinson

      by SherriG on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:50:00 PM PST

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  •  man (18+ / 0-)

    I was always an admirer, but never took the Feingold for President thing very seriously.

    I am seriously reconsidering.

    •  I am too ! (1+ / 0-)
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      bmaples

      Courage is the first requisite for our next President - and Feingold has got it.

      The next administration is going to have a really tough row to hoe...I also look to see who has the administative skills to get things done .

      Assuming we can clean up vote fraud in time.

      "If you have any poo, fling it now !"

      by Dvalkure on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:35:51 PM PST

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  •  You're doing Bush a favor (21+ / 1-)

    Clinton deserved a censure and got impeached. Bush deserves impeachment, but the repubs are hysterical over a censure. Give 'em hell!

  •  You made me smile while I was watching the news! (10+ / 0-)

    And that's really saying something, of late.

    Thank you so much for your bravery and integrity. You are truly a mensch.

    Economic Left/Right: -6.63 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.85 That makes me more Gandhi than Stalin

    by TomDuncombe on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:47:43 AM PST

  •  woo hoo!! (5+ / 0-)

    We are on board, Russ! You rock! As you hopefully noticed, we have a good thread going encouraging everybody to make calls to their Senators. Great to see you here this morning.

    "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

    by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:47:46 AM PST

  •  how can we help? (14+ / 0-)

    Senator Feingold,

    Thank you so much for defending the consitution and our fundamental american values.

    I called my senators this morning and asked them to support your resolution. However, given the seriousness of this issue, that hardly seems enough.  What else can we do to help?

  •  The message this sends to our enemies (70+ / 0-)

    This tells our enemies that we are a nation of laws, and in a democracy no one, not even the president is above the law. This tells our enemies that we are a government by the people and for the people, not just a select few in power. This tells our enemies that in our country, people are held accountable for their actions. This tells our enemies that if we are prepared to use the full force of justice against our president, just think what we're prepared to do to them.


    "Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." - Salvor Hardin

    by Zackpunk on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:50:27 AM PST

    •  That's assuming our enemies are smarter than... (1+ / 0-)
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      John DE

      Bill Frist. He seems to want us to live in a Taliban-like state of "unity." Perhaps he should run for one of those "second-in-command" positions in Al Qaeda...

    •  That's assuming our enemies are smarter than... (0+ / 0-)

      Bill Frist. He seems to want us to live in a Taliban-like state of "unity." Perhaps he should run for one of those "second-in-command" positions in Al Qaeda...

    •  execellent post (6+ / 0-)
          Well said.  Thank you senator, i almost cried on your closing statement on this week.  You represent the definition of noble to me.  We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are equal
         goverments are instituted by men, deriving thier just powers from the consent of the governed.
        These word's are precious thanks for trying to uphold them
       
    •  Good comment, Zackpunk. (2+ / 0-)
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      Zackpunk, blueoasis

      Now if everyone will just read it again, replacing

      "This tells our enemies..." with

      "This tells our friends..."

      That is no less important.  We have some friends left, but they are wary.  This will help!

      Thank you, Senator Feingold!

    •  Good comment, Zackpunk. (0+ / 0-)

      Now if everyone will just read it again, replacing

      "This will tell our enemies..."

      with

      "This will tell our friends..."

      That is no less important.  We have some friends left, but they are wary.  This should help.

      Thank you, Senator Feinstein!

      (This is 2nd attempt to post this comment.  Appears to me that only the subject line got posted on first try.)

  •  Heard you on ABC yesterday! Keep at at!!! (9+ / 0-)

    Yes indeed you must censure this President in particular
    - he's the one who started fundraising with the WTC bull-horn picture and others from Air Force I within weeks after 9/11
    - he's the one who bull-dozed the nation into a misguided war with Iraq using Al-Quaeda as a driving argument
    - he's the one who outed the CIA Agent to continue fooling the public

    and on and on - in every case he MISUSED the country's misfortunes or resources for his personal political agenda - there is NO ASSURANCE that he will not or has not been misusing the NSA wiretaps

    NO benefit of the doubt for him.

    Further even if he were a Saint, there is no guarantee that we will not elect into office a devil of sorts - in fact if you look at the current climate, the prognosis is high that we will.

    •  George Will lied on 'This Week' (8+ / 0-)

      No one questions whether the government should wiretap terrorists -- of course we should, and we can under current law. - Sen. Feingold

      Of, course, no free transcripts are available for the show, but George Will blatantly lied when he contradicted Senator Feingold's assertion. George came right out and said that the pro-censure people were against wiretaps. Even the vacuous Claire Shipman knew that was wrong. When she can see through a lie, it must be an obvious one.

  •  Thanks Senator! (6+ / 0-)

    I hope you and your Congressional allies will strongly rebut the presumed media reporting of the censure as "partisan hackery," "election-year politics," and all of that other nonsense.

    Visit RemoveRepublicans.com and follow every 2006 Senate race.

    by AnthonySF on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:52:46 AM PST

  •  Fight, fight, fight, fight fight. (5+ / 0-)

    Same thing we always do.  Fight 'em 'til we can't- Kara Thrace 49,550

    Criminal.

    That said, please make sure we are not precluding impeachment and a trial in the Hague.

  •  you Sir (12+ / 0-)

    are a gentlman in an era of scoundrels.

    You have my vote, and my support.

    The world will end not with a bang, but with a "Do'oh!"

    by Love and Death on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:53:40 AM PST

  •  Keep at it Senator (6+ / 0-)

    I don't know how to thank you enough. Sometimes it feels like you are the only member of the party who can actually see things the way the truly are.

    "To any sheriff or peace officer of the State of Texas; Greetings: You are hereby commanded to arrest: Thomas Dale Delay" -Warrant for Tom Delay

    by who threw da cat on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:54:57 AM PST

  •  Thank you so much, Senator (4+ / 0-)

    For taking this important first step. I'm curious to see whether the Dems will stand in unity behind you, as I feel they must.

    Of course, my hope is that this will lay the groundwork for impeachment, trial, and conviction after we retake Congress in 2006.

  •  Part of me . . . (4+ / 0-)
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    rktect, paddykraska, wiscmass, awakenow

    Part of me is saying, thank you!

    The other part is saying, what took you so long?  :)

    I'd make a good Republican if it weren't for my conscience; I'd make a good Democrat if it weren't for my spine.

    by osterizer on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:57:02 AM PST

  •  Thanks! (3+ / 0-)

    Senator, you are a real inspreation. Keep up the good work, we have your back out here!

    If you live in fear the worst has already happened to you

    by Something the Dog Said on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:00:08 AM PST

  •  I called both my senators this morning, (7+ / 0-)

    Obama and Durbin, asking them to support your resolution. Keep up the good work.

  •  Senator, (6+ / 0-)

    I'm not usually one to gush over Senators and Congressmen who post here.  But you sir are DA MAN!!!

    I called my Senators this morning to urge them to stand with you.

  •  love ya senator (4+ / 0-)

    Love ya senator..You give us courage..Thank you

  •  I just called my Senators Levin & Stabenow (10+ / 0-)

    and asked them to support you, Senator.

    It's important that we stand up and speak the truth: the President broke the law.

    Democrats must not be afraid to distinguish themselves from the mewling apologists who get back in line every time Bush/Rove yanks the leash.

    Thank you for being our voice.

    The writing on the wall has run out of wall. Now we're writing on the floor.

    by marjo on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:01:18 AM PST

  •  Stick it to 'em! (2+ / 0-)
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    paddykraska, blueoasis

    Keep on fighting the good fight, and know that you have a lot of support around the country regardless of how you get treated in Washington.

  •  How many votes needed to pass censure? (2+ / 0-)
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    rktect, paddykraska

    Is it 51, or 60? Is it subject to cloture, or any other funky Senate rules to ensure that it doesn't come up for a vote?

    "This...this is the fault of that Clinton Penis! And that powermongering wife of his!"

    by CaptUnderpants on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:02:07 AM PST

  •  Also sign the Senator's petition (10+ / 0-)

    I didn't see a link to this so here is the Senator's petition which is up on the Progressive Patriot's website.  I'm sure most of you have received a note about it in your email already.

    I will be calling Senator Kohl this afternoon.  Do we need to call our reps, too, or would that be ineffective at this point?

    •  Thanks Naranjadia: signed it and wrote this: (1+ / 0-)
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      Naranjadia

      This is cut and dried. It is plain to see that the President broke the law. This kind of behavior is every bit, if not more, dangerous to our American way of life as terrorism is.

      If our President is allowed to proceed with his illegal grab at power in the name of fear, then the Terrorists will have won an important battle.

      How is it everyone does not see this? How is it that our laws, which exist to protect us are not enough to stop this?

      Sen. Feingold is performing a function now that may not win, and he'll be accused by partisans of acting partisan,  but  make no mistake. What Sen. Russ feingold is doing is the very definition of patriotism.

  •  thank you (5+ / 0-)

    I'm in California so I'm going to give the constituent service people in my Senators' offices a little more time to finish getting all of the pro-censure messages off of the answering machine and then I'll be calling. Thanks!

  •  Thanks Senator! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    demkat620, paddykraska

    It gets harder and harder to find Senators and Representatives to support these days, but you are one of those that are easy to support!

  •  Thank you (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CocoaLove, paddykraska, NearlyNormal

    Thank you for your courage and wisdom Mr. Feingold.  You may be from Wisconsin, but you are all of America's senator.  We are so lucky to have you.

    Life is like love in autumn

    by kenjib on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:04:15 AM PST

  •  Impeachment (1+ / 0-)
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    Cream Puff

    Censuring is fine.  But similarly inclined Democrats need to introduce a formal resolution of impeachment.  Not just a resolution to form a committee to consider a resolution of impeachment.

    No investigation? Move to impeach.

    by Paleo on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:05:27 AM PST

  •  Give 'em Hell, Russ (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    blueoasis

    You're my pick for 2008.  We need leaders more worried about principle than politics.

    You get them for us.

    You think you've got it tough. Try being a liberal in the military.

    by filmgeek83 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:05:49 AM PST

  •  Brilliant and gutsy (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, NearlyNormal

    Thank you for making sure that our leaders are forced to stand up and be counted for their respect for the rule of law.

    Some things are not for sale. Send the Republicans home in 2006.

    by The Termite on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:07:31 AM PST

  •  You've got my vote, Senator. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CocoaLove, NearlyNormal

    Does it ever get lonely being the only Democrat in the Senate with balls?

    Or do you say to yourself, "Gee, if these guys can't muster up the courage to take on the criminal in the White House...I guess I deserve to run for president....by default?"

    Keep on keepin' on, Russ. You're the only Democrat who actually makes us proud to be in the party.

    "Politics is the entertainment arm of Industry." - Zappa

    by CheeseMoose on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:08:06 AM PST

  •  'As a first step' (2+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood Liberal, blueoasis

    I'm so glad you said that. Thanks, Senator Feingold, truly.

    You didn't do it.

    by Earl on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:08:38 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, blueoasis

    Thank you for doing what you can to preserve this democracy. I've signed your resolution, and you have my full support.

  •  Thanks so more (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal, L0kI

    Thank you for doing this. Thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for listening to us.
    And thank you for coming here and talking to us. Like many, I read about your plan here yesterday, but I'm glad you brought it here yourself.  I want to thank you for realizing the importance of this forum and using it.
    More thanks than I can properly express!
    You are simply awesome Senator!

  •  When I first heard you were doing this... (4+ / 0-)
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    osterizer, L0kI, Cream Puff, blueoasis

    ...I have to admit I wondered why you were stopping at censure. If that was as far as you were willing to go, it wouldn't have been enough for me. But as long as you say this is only the first step, I'm happy to support you. You've never given me any reason to doubt your integrity, which is one of the most important reasons why I've always voted for you.

    Give 'em hell, Senator!

    Thwarting the forces of conservatism since 1978. -7.63, -5.64

    by wiscmass on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:09:15 AM PST

  •  Way to Go Senator Feingold (3+ / 0-)
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    Ashami, zett, 3goldens

    Once again you are a shining beacon of light in dark times.

    We'd be lucky to have you carry our banner in '08.  I was on KE04, and know first-hand we could not have carried Wisconsin in '04 without your staunch support and leadership.   Despite your being in a dogfight of your own, you showed yet again what a true team player you really are.  I was doing GOTV in the Fox River Valley, and you were amazingly helpful in a very tough part of the state.

    You are a genuine American patriot and hero.  

  •  A majority of Americans are with you (3+ / 0-)
    The media do their best to marginalize the rapidly crystallizing view that Bush is endangering America with his lawless behavior, but so long as people like you keep telling the truth, they cannot succeed.

    You, sir, are the crystal that causes rain to fall from a supercooled cloud.

    Keep it up, and you will have lots of support for your position from those less brave than you.

    And thank you much.......

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:18:18 AM PST

  •  Keeping the oath of office (2+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood Liberal, RElland

    Each member of our Congress takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.  As I have reminded my own Senators, this is their first and foremost duty.

    Thank you, Senator Feingold, for defending the foundation of our freedom.

    I used to live in the United States of America. Now I live in a homeland.

    by homeland observer on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:18:52 AM PST

  •  I'm on the 'Russ Bus'!! (6+ / 0-)

    Just called your DC office to thank you for your strong leadership during these troubling times, with foreign policy run amok, budget-busting tax cuts, and blatantly illegal domestic spying.  Thank you especially for introducing the resolution to censure President Bush.  It's time for all lawmakers to send a strong, non-partisan message to the executive branch that this country was founded on, and its future success depends on, separation of powers.

    Energize America: Demand Energy Security by 2020!

    by Doolittle Sothere on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:19:04 AM PST

  •  Republican Senators (2+ / 0-)
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    L0kI, Heronymous Cowherd

    Senator Feingold, I'd like to ask you the same question I asked Rep. Slaughter on her diary, about communicating to Congressional offices. Many of us are wondering if it will really help for residents of Pennsylvania or Kansas to call Santorum or Brownback, for example, given how extreme they are. Do you think it's a wasted call?? What is most effective - calls, faxes, snail mail, petitions, email? Do you and your staff read emails? What actions do you suggest on this issue for those of us living in very red states? Should we still call or write?

    "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

    by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:19:44 AM PST

    •  Not Wasted (2+ / 0-)
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      bmaples, NearlyNormal

      This sucker is dead in the paddock if he doesn't get at least a few Republicans to pull their heads out of Rove's butt and realize that it might be in their best interests to support it.

      I have a formula for dealing with my Republican State Senator and Republican Assemblyman: I paint them with a broad brush, dipped in the stench of Federal Culture of Corruption. I let them know that I will never vote (R) again (I have in the past, I am quite centrist in many ways).

      I believe the exact wording I use is:
      "I will never, ever vote Republican again. The Republican Party has become the Party of Moral, Fiscal and Spiritual Bankruptcy. If Pluto the Dog runs on the Marijuana Reform Ticket as your only opposition, then they will get my vote."

      The Republican Party has demonstrated an astounding lockstep. This has been their biggest strength; but it's now time for it to become their biggest weakness.

      "[T]hat I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake."

      by Heronymous Cowherd on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:04:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  feedback (2+ / 0-)
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      This question came up at one of Feingold's listening sessions, and he said that pretty much everyone has someone keeping a tally of what issues get calls, and how many favorable/unavorable.  Most of them will give more weight to their own constituent's opinion, but my guess is anything that could get their name out more broadly would be of interest to them.

    •  Hey, it feels good! (4+ / 0-)

      I called both Santorum's and Specter's office. I got the impression from both offices that I wasn't the first to call. Bith were polite and perfunctory.
      Clogging their phone lines is a perfect use of our government's resources - telling them what we think.

      It's a win/win. Even if you can't change their minds, you can let them know they doing something unpopular.

  •  I saw you make your announcement (3+ / 0-)

    yesterday morning on This Week.  I can't tell you how happy I was to hear you say you were going for censure.  

    I was also not surprised to hear Sen. Frist say this would never reach the Senate Floor.  

    All I can say is, if this had happened during Clinton's years in office, not only would censure/impeachment made it to the floors of congress, but it would have happened long ago.  I find it appalling that Republican representatives are more worried about maintining power than they are about the laws of this country.  Republicans should look back at those that came before them.  If they had acted this way when Nixon was in office, he never would have been impeached.

    Just because a person has faith doesn't mean that he isn't full of crap.-- Pastordan

    by Maggie Mae on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:22:20 AM PST

  •  I Called My Senators Just Now (3+ / 0-)
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    (Dodd and Lieberman) and asked them to support you in this matter.

    "I do it because if I did not, I could not look at myself in the mirror." - SLAVOJ ZIZEK

    by Patricia Taylor on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:23:11 AM PST

  •  A majority of Americans are with you (1+ / 0-)
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    WisVoter
    The media and the GOP do their best to marginalize the rapidly crystallizing view that Bush is endangering America with his lawless behavior, but so long as people like you keep telling the truth, they cannot succeed.

    You, sir, are the crystal that causes rain to fall from a supercooled cloud.

    Keep it up, and you will have lots of support for your position from those less brave than you.

    And thank you much.......

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:23:34 AM PST

  •  Feingold 08 (2+ / 0-)
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    stodghie, L0kI

    You are my man, right after Howard Dean.  I appreciate your willingness to step up to the plate.  This war, the fundies, the crooks, free trade and the DLC - they all need to go.  I called Levin and Stabenow and told them I wanted them to support your on this.  Win or lose, I don't give a damn, just stand up proud and strong.

    Dean speaks for me!

    by dkmich on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:25:19 AM PST

  •  Nicely done Senator (1+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood Liberal

    Yes it is a serious step, but we live in serious times!

    I fully support your efforts, and appreciate that even if this doesn't result in significant action, which I hope it will, it keeps the NSA and its illegality in the headlines.

    Kudos!

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:25:52 AM PST

  •  Critical Step... Thank You (1+ / 0-)
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    As I just wrote in my dKos diary, Bush's actions are opening the door to the end of our country.  Thanks for your resolution, and your resolve!

  •  I called my Senators DeWine and Voinavich (9+ / 0-)

    Dewine's office said they would pass my message on but would not take my name or address even after I asked them why they wouldn't need that information. Voinavich's office hung up on me after I asked that he co-sponsor Senator Feingold's censure resolution. I hate my Senators. Can't wait for democrats in November to get voted in.

    "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by edderh on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:27:09 AM PST

    •  Call Reid 1-888-355-3588 n/t (4+ / 0-)
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      Dean speaks for me!

      by dkmich on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:29:56 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Allard (3+ / 0-)
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      I called Allard's office and was expecting the same treatment. They surprised me by being very nice and asking me if they could take my name and where I am calling from. I am a constituent, so I was glad they asked.

      When I called my Dem Senator, Salazar, they didn't ask, but before I hung up, I told them where I was calling from and that I was a constituent. I didn't get the impression they wrote it down or marked me down.

      Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

      by OLinda on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:44:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  After the disinterest from DeWine and Voinavich (4+ / 0-)
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        when I called their offices, I decided to email them as well. So they have my name and address and I wrote a message urging them to co-sponsor Senator Feingold's censure resolution (as if...). But at least I know my message has been received now.

        I can't believe there are not more Senators who have the moral fortitude to stand up for what is right. There will be change this November...anyone not standing up for the Constitution of the USA and for the rights of its citizens, will not be standing up in the halls of Congress in 2007.

        "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by edderh on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:03:42 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I will be on the floor today at 4:00 pm ET (57+ / 0-)

    I wanted to let everyone know that I plan on speaking from the Senate floor at 4:00 pm eastern time today regarding my resolution.  Thanks so much for all the feedback and support so far!

  •  Thanks Senator Feingold (10+ / 0-)

    I for one will fight with you on this initiative.

    The SCOTUS is extraordinary.

    by Armando on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:28:22 AM PST

  •  Republican Senators (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Feingold, I'd like to ask you the same question I asked Rep. Slaughter on her diary, about communicating to Congressional offices. Many of us are wondering if it will really help for residents of Pennsylvania or Kansas to call Santorum or Brownback, for example, given how extreme they are. Do you think it's a wasted call?? What is most effective - calls, faxes, snail mail, petitions, email? Do you and your staff read emails? What actions do you suggest on this issue for those of us living in very red states? Should we still call or write?

    "Why can't you and the idea of separation of powers just hug it out, bitch?" Wonkette

    by Hollywood Liberal on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:30:42 AM PST

  •  I called my Senators, Stabenow and Levin (5+ / 0-)

    You can let them know that the people who beat the streets for them want them on board for this.  Thank you for your work and commitment to good government.

    "While there is a lower class, I am in it. While there is a criminal element, I am of it. While there is a soul in prison, I am not free." - Eugene Debs

    by matthewc on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:30:42 AM PST

  •  Thank you, senator (1+ / 0-)
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  •  At last. (1+ / 0-)
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    What can we do to help you?  I'll call Harry Reid when I get off work today, but my Senators are Inhofe and Coburn, and I doubt they'd be willing to listen to, well, anything I might have to say.

    "In the Beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." Douglas Adams

    by ethanthej on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:31:22 AM PST

  •  Just to play Devil's Advocate for a moment (2+ / 0-)

    When Jackson was censured, his defenders said that because there was no provision in the Constitution for punishments less than Impeachment, that any such punishment would be unconstitutional.  What is your opinion of this argument?

  •  Thank you Sen. Feingold (5+ / 0-)

    I called Sen. Salazar in Colorado. If anyone wants to join me, the number is 303 455-7600.

    Also, Capitol switchboard, toll-free, is: 888-355-3588.

    This is my first comment with the new system, so I had to bold that line. Cool!! :)

    Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

    by OLinda on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:35:17 AM PST

  •  Thank you for your LEADERSHIP.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood Liberal

    Please ask us for whatever we might be able to offer in support of you and your efforts.

    Thank you for being a leader first and politician second, our country needs you.

  •  Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus... (1+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood Liberal

    Thank you, Senator. You are absolutely doing the right thing, and I am in full support, wishing you well, and about to contact my own senators, Levin and Stabenow.

  •  Thank you Senator (1+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood Liberal

    I called my Senators - Clinton and Schumer and asked them to support your resolution.  I eagerly await your floor speech.  I'll be watching.

  •  I called my GOP Senator's office this morning (10+ / 0-)

    I spoke at length to a staffer about this.  He HONESTLY believes that Bush didn't break the law.  I could tell he just really belives that.  He didn't know anything about the DeWine amendment that was rejected, he didn't know about Daschle's statement that the White House had asked for certain language permitting the surveillance that was REJECTED by Congress.  He did not know that Gonzales is basing his argument on "inherent power" - he was thinking the argument was based on the force-authorizing resolution from Congress  Yet the staffer, from his position of ignorance, was really believing what the was telling me.  How do we force the facts on these people?

    No American left behind - in civil rights, in health care, in the economy.

    by JLFinch on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:39:19 AM PST

  •  Feingold 08 (2+ / 0-)
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    Very nice picture...

    Dean speaks for me!

    by dkmich on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:40:15 AM PST

  •  I support your censure resolution 100% (4+ / 0-)

    I'm glad you said it was a starting point becuase this reloution if it goes forward can serve as a basis for articles of Impeachment down the road.  The issues will be the same. When we take back congress this year, this will grease the skids.

    I'm very proud to have someone like you serving in the U.S. Senate. I only wish I still had a decent senator to carry water for our country (I'm in NC).

    The weight of all their sins will eventually break the back of the GOP, we just need people like youself willing to document the abuses and to take a stand!!!  Bravo.

  •  I agree Senator Feingold... (3+ / 0-)
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    Having lived through the Nixon era and having seen how surveillance of American citizens can be abused for political purposes, there must be accountability for the illegal actions of President Bush that threaten to further erode our freedoms and democracy.  His actions are one hallmark of totalitarianism, which many brave Americans have fought to prevent.

    I have contacted my Senators Durbin and Obama asking them to support your resolution.  I hope that they will join you in co-sponsoring this very appropriate resolution.

    Thanks for your diligence and persistence in fighting for accountability.

    Kind Regards,
    rt
    Crystal Lake, IL  

  •  thanks for standing up (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    The only thing more horrifying than the Bush administration to me is how congress has "gone along" with this outright theft of a Republic.

    http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

    by BobOak on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:41:04 AM PST

  •  I called Murray and Cantwell (5+ / 0-)

    and I will followup with email.  I'm grateful you are doing this Senator, but I am also depressed that I find myself thanking a member of Congress for doing their job...I came of age in the 60's, seems the more things change, the more they stay the same, only this time our youth don't seem to care.  Do we really need to institute a draft (yes I have a draft age son) so more people will care?

  •  Good job Senator (14+ / 0-)

    Don't be dissuaded by Sen. Frist, who worries about what Al Qaeda will think.  I didn't vote for Al Qaeda, they don't represent me, and they aren't mentioned in the Constitution. This is no time for wobbly kneed Senators who are so scared of Al Qaeda that they are willing to shred the Constitution out of concern for what Al Qaeda will think.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:43:11 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold (3+ / 0-)
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    L0kI, XStryker, SherriG

    For having the courage to stand up for what is right.

    My Senator is Frist, much to my shame. I call but to no avail.Ill be listening this afternoon.

  •  Proud to be from Wisconsin (2+ / 0-)
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    WisVoter, XStryker

    Although I don't live there anymore, your actions make me proud to be connected to Wisconsin.  Thank you for your principled stand.

    I just called my Senators, Dole and Burr.  Although they're unlikely to support it, at least they'll know that some of their constituents are watching this issue.

  •  Excellent (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    Feingold gets it right again!

  •  I sure hope you have 100% partisan support (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    Senator,

    Your political party has proven, time and again, that it cannot act as one.  I hope that this is one time that you manage to obtain the support of all true Democrats.  You are speaking for the American people.  Millions of us, I think, although I'm not sure that everyone is up to speed on this issue as much as they are the finalists of American Idol.

    I hope that the Republican Party will show us that they also speak for Americans on this issue, although I am not holding my breath, there are few in that party willing to take a stand against the Cheney/Bush Administration.

    Even if you fail to censure the president, I hope you continue to do the work for us, to speak out against this move toward fascism and dictatorship for us.  I hope that the Democratic Party will be able to pull together, one f'ing time, as a united party against these bastards.  Rest assured, I'll still be breathing, however, because holding my breath could prove fatal...I have low expectations.

  •  Thank You Sen. Feingold (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    For your courage to speak to power.
    I support your efforts.  

  •  Thank you, Senator. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    You have my enthusiastic support.

    Ignorance is never random. - Gunnar Myrdal

    by ThomasAllen on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:48:19 AM PST

  •  Thank you! (1+ / 0-)
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    L0kI

    No one else will stand up for the rights of Americans--I have seen you do this continuously.  Please run in 2008.  I would be glad to volunteer for your campaign in Florida.

  •  I have emailed both of my Senators (2+ / 0-)
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    L0kI, XStryker
    in Arkansas.

    Feingold, you have my vote.

  •  Thank you, Sen. Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for consistently standing up for the Constitution and for all citizens of this country.

  •  Thankyou Senator (0+ / 0-)

    You make me proud to be from Wisconsin.  I live in California now, and can't vote for you for Senator, but I would vote for you for President.

  •  The President and executive office (3+ / 0-)
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    NYC Sophia, bmaples, blueoasis

    has undermined the Constitution, betrayed the public trust, violated the their collective oaths of office, and repeatedly lied to the people as well as obstructed both Justice and Congressional oversight.

    Among all the violations and betrayal, the purposeful exposure of a covert CIA operative -- an act of treason in a time "of War", if we are to believe the WH in this undeclared war against terror -- and the encouragement & support of violations of the Geneva Conventions stand out as particularly heinous.

    Censure is a necessity, but it should be kept in mind that it is a first step.

    The role of several Congressional members, primarily of the opposition party and in plain view of all, in the active stalling of oversight and the undermining of same (refusing to swear the oil execs, who were soon shown to have lied, and refusing to swear Gonzales, who had been shown to have previously lied, as well as refusal to accept or demand oversight roles and investigate the Constitutional violations) must also be carefully documented.  While these individuals appear to be beyond the scope of legal recourse while they maintain the majority seats, they have played an active role in a complicit conspiracy to undermine the government of the United States.  A reminder that their actions constitute not only a breach of contract and a betrayal of the public trust, but also (and most importantly) constitutes treason against the nation, is also needed.

    Please get some type of accountability rant on the record, citing the members who actively worked to impede the proper role and functioning of the government, and who actively played a part in running interference for the criminal actions of the Executive Branch and its offices.

    George Bush isn't the only criminal.  

    We cannot afford to simply give the others a pass, and ignore their involvement, if we truly hope to rein in this out of control beast.  We cannot permit these types of abuses to continue, and that behooves us to properly lay the responsibility for it at the feet of all involved.

    It's not a matter of politics.  Now, it's a matter of the law, of patriotic duty, and calling halt to continued treason.

    Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
      Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
    Tempest even in reason's seat.

    by GreyHawk on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:53:41 AM PST

  •  Feingold,censure (1+ / 0-)
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    bmaples

    I agree with censuring Bush. I also think any wiretap involving an American citizen should have a warrent.  This Republican habit of breaking the law then changing the law so as not to be held accountable is rediculous.  I'd like to change that damn stop sign law too!  Secrecy in the name of security is a lie. It's another one of their black is white tricks. We have no security when the Gov operates in secret!

  •  Thank you Senator (2+ / 0-)
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    L0kI, NYC Sophia

    I fear you are fighting an uphill battle. Hopefully other senators will finally come to grips with the fact that W is an unethical moron with littlemans syndrome. We can only hope and pray that this will soon pass and we will be free from this bullshit once and for all. Bravo Zulu!!

    a splendid time is guaranteed for all

    by KBueno on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:56:18 AM PST

  •  Thank you, thank you, thank you... (2+ / 0-)
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    L0kI, NYC Sophia

    You give us so much hopefulness and so much to be proud of. Thank you, Senator.

  •  Screw Canada... (6+ / 0-)

    I'm moving to Wisconsin!

    n/t

  •  We're with you all the way on this (2+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood Liberal, L0kI

    I e-mailed my Senators from work and I will now be calling from home. Don't let them think for a moment we will complacently accept the dismantling of the consitution.

  •  Once again, thank you Senator Feingold (1+ / 0-)
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    Has anyone heard if Kennedy has signed on? Kerry's office said he has.

    anything by Leonard Cohen

    by Lillygirl on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:02:16 AM PST

  •  Video Clip of Feingold (2+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, XStryker

    Here's the Senator explaining his measure brilliantly, and making CNN's Soledad O'Brien look like a Republican apologist.  (Then keep watching for a report on Claude Allen, another White House lawbreaker).
    http://www.clipblast.com/...

  •  Thank You Senator Feingold. Nelson & Martinez (3+ / 0-)

    Thank you Senator.

    I called both of my US Senator's, Senator Martinez and Senator Bill Nelson asking them to support censure.

    "Hey, Bill O'Reilly. It's me, Mike in Florida...Keith Olbermann..(Censored)....has the best show at 8 O'Clock."

    by FloridaVoter on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:04:32 AM PST

  •  America ate crazy pills (2+ / 0-)
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    after 9-11 except for a few who were brave or clear enough to see and act correctly. People have behaved no better then the Germans under Hitler. Thank you for standing up to the Big Lie.

    "Is that a can of impeachment whoop-ass under the tree? Let's open it now!"

    by omfreebogart on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:05:17 AM PST

  •  Keep pushing .. (1+ / 0-)
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    Donna in Rome

    I am so proud that you are at point of this effort to reclaim our country. Thank you for having the clear sense of dignity and true patriotism to stand up for us.

    The only thing I would mention ..

    During those days our President showed great leadership

    It was not 'great' leadership on the part of Bush - any American would have done the same thing. It was necessary leadership. I never felt proud of GW Bush's actions.

    The bullhorn calls of Bush at the WTC, his demands of false moral retribution, all echo hollowly now.

    My questions to Bush's bullhorn call:
    "Where is Osama Bin-Laden?"
    "How secure are we?"

    "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty, soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

    by shpilk on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:06:30 AM PST

    •  I never felt it was leadership at all... (0+ / 0-)

      it was simply leadership posturing.

      And that "resolute" expression in his eyes was just his usual dim-witted squint being passed off as focus, seriousness, and firm resolve. Deftly packaged with a swagger and "strong" words in a convincing mix, it was all easily swallowed by a frightened, confused population eagerly needing, looking for, and hoping for a leader.

      In other words, it was all a show... as the subsequent events and his later conduct have demonstrated.

      "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

      by Donna in Rome on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 07:32:09 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Whatever you do, Senator, (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm behind you 10000%.  Just do us all a favor and stay off of small planes, ok?  

    "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."

    by ssundstoel on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:06:38 AM PST

    •  Wellstone (3+ / 0-)
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      I get a little knot in my stomach every time I remember the fate of Senator Wellstone - gone when we needed him most. I always paraphrase Wellstone when talking about Senator Feingold - he's from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.

      2006 Dem predictions: +2 Senate, +7 House, +5 Governorships, +2 State Legislatures

      by XStryker on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:14:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Censuring the President (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    Senator Feingold thank you for your continued efforts to PROTECT OUR Constitution.

  •  Thank you for defending the Constitution (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hollywood Liberal

    This naturalized citizen admires you and your efforts. Thank you, Senator Feingold. We love you for defending this country.

  •  I will add my sincere thanks. (0+ / 0-)

    It is a disgrace that we have so few Congressmen standing up for the "rule of law" when it concerns this administration. Impeachment is what is called for, but censure would at least be a first step.

  •  Thank you, Senator! (0+ / 0-)

    Called both of my NY Senators this morning in both the local and DC offices and will follow up again this afternoon and tomorrow - as long as it takes.  I wish you - I wish us all - luck with your brave and critical resolution.  Thank you for remembering principle.

  •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)

    I've emailed Senators Feinstein and Boxer and sincerely hope they are on board.

    "Be not another, if thou canst be thyself." Paracelsus

    by Tami B on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:10:44 AM PST

  •  go senator!!! (0+ / 0-)

    i just contacted my senator. i'm gonna be cheering you on from the sidelines!!!

  •  thanks from me, too (0+ / 0-)

    Your standing up for honourable behaviour and civil liberty in America - when so many around you appear apathetic or unaware of the consequences of not so doing - is  enormously appreciated. Thank you so much, Senator Feingold. You have a lot of supporters around here.

  •  Thank you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I actually appreciated your response to the "Are you running for President" question more than the censure measure.  That Stephano-whatsis fella really got on my nerves.  Your "I'm too busy trying to do my job dealing with the utter incompetence of this administration to consider running" response made my Sunday.

    I have contacted my Senator, Mr. Nelson asking for his support of your measure.  My other Senator, Mr. Martinez, being useless, probably wouldn't sign on.

    Thank you again, sir.

    I only shop at "Osama's Homo-abortion Pot n' Commie Jizz-porium".

    by Byrd the Stampede on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:13:51 AM PST

  •  Thanks, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    You are "my" Senator---and I'm really thankful for that!  You are doing the right thing here.  You have my full support as well as that of my husband and many of our friends.  Keep on keeping on.  We need your courage and integrity.  I'm contacting every member of the Senate to let them know they ought to be supporting you.  NOW is the time.  We're going to find out who the courageous ones in the Senate are--and who are the cowards are.

  •  God Bless You (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Feingold, you are a true patriot and friend of the American people.  I hope your courage and love of country will inspire others, on the left and the right, to come together to reclaim our country.

  •  MSNBC poll (2+ / 0-)
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    Question of the day:

    What do you think of Sen. Feingold's proposal to censure Pres. Bush?  

    • 14310 responses

    Political grandstanding 26%
    A way to hold him accountable 74%

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold! (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for all your work.  I'm happy that you're at least out there trying. :) I'm also happy to hear that Kerry is supporting you as well.

  •  Be strong - you have my support and thanks (0+ / 0-)
  •  Attention other Democratic Senators (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    3goldens

    We are your base. We want you to support this. We are watching.

  •  Does failure express confidence in W ? (1+ / 0-)
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    This is where it gets dangerous on both sides.

    Republicans want to bury the issue under an oversight panel, weighed down by a 4-3 partisan majority (with heavyweights Roberts, Hatch, DeWine and Bond on the GOP side).

    That means they're not comfortable. Is that because they don't want the factual case ventilated? Or because they're not sure they have the votes?

    If they have the votes, a showdown will strengthen W's hand.

    Next question: can we prevent the resolution being peppered with expansionary amendments, some of which will create pretext to strip potentially embarrassing votes -- giving wobbly R's a free pass.

    Final question: should the resolution be framed as a censure (which requires a high standard of support, but not as high as e.g. impeachment)? Or as an explicit vote of confidence (which puts the burden of argument on Bush supporters)?

    None Dare Call It Stupid!

    by RonK Seattle on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:25:18 AM PST

  •  thank you senator, wish there were more like you! (0+ / 0-)

    n/t

  •  Thank You, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    Censure AND Impeachment for war criminals.

  •  Thank, thank you, a MILLION thank yous!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    ssia

  •  Thanks, Senator (1+ / 0-)
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    Perdition

    The Republicans are trying to spin this as a move by a man who wants to be President. Yeah, so?  Anyone who wants to be President of this country SHOULD be taking a bold position like this. Senator, you are defending our Constitution and the rights of our people.  Very presidential.  I've called Biden and Carper and told them to get on board.  

    One-party rule has made the Republicans much more sloppy in their corruption.--Ohio State Senator Marc Dann

    by olddembroad on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:26:56 AM PST

  •  Thank You, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I am starting to feel a faint hint of optimism about the country. It's been such a long time - not sure!  Please keep in touch with us and count on the members here for support. And, if possible, please swap home states with the junior senator from my state :)

  •  Thank you, Senator! (0+ / 0-)

    I truly admire your adherence to principle, your reasoned approach to politics, and your willingness to call a spade a spade. I wish my state had senators like you.

  •  Thanks for doing the right thing (0+ / 0-)

    I just want to thank the Senator for standing up for the rule of law.  I have already called my two Senators, Levin and Stabenow of Michigan to urge them to support you.  It sounds like Levin may be in favor.  I didn't get any confirmation from Sen. Stabenow's office as she was on the road and not in Washington but the person that I spoke to sounded pretty interested so everyone in Michigan - keep calling.

  •  Senator Feingold, (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you very much for all of your hard work in the Senate.  I only wish you were my Senator.  

    I'm stuck with Lamar "I'm a Tennessean because I walked around the state wearing a flannel shirt, but then I went to Washington and put on my yellow power tie! Boy, I fooled all of 'em good!" Alexander, and Bill "Catkiller, I can diagnose a patient from a video tape" Frist.

    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei

    by Dittoz on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:30:40 AM PST

  •  God bless you, sir (0+ / 0-)

    I support you all the way. All the way to impeachment!

    News is what they don't want you to know. Everything else is publicity. --Bill Moyers

    by RobLewis on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:31:52 AM PST

  •  Intrepid Hero (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks, Russ.

    You've been a rock while so many other legislators have succumbed to the corporate imperialism of this administration (call a spade a spade).

    You and the progressive must wrest control of the Democratic Party, or we need to build a new one. Please keep making noise for We, the People.

    peace all ways, Jim

    by jimprues on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:32:27 AM PST

  •  It'll never happen, but... (0+ / 0-)

    the effort needs to be made anyway. Just because your congressional collegues have put partisan politics above the rule of law, doesn't mean you can stop pointing out the truth.

    "A man who won't die for something isn't fit to live." -MLK

    by gjohnsit on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:33:45 AM PST

  •  Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    What can I do to help you to get the Democratic Senators behind you in this effort?

    My senators are Bond and Talent. I could write and call them about my concerns daily and it would not do any good.

    Please let the other Democratic Senators and Representatives know that if their consultants are telling them to avoid the NSA spying issue because they will appear weak on terrorism, that they should fire them for their poor advise. All polls that breakdown the results by affliation (D, R, or I) show that a large majority of Democratic and Independent voters do not want to be spied on without a warrant and that they feel this act is illegal.

    The only way the Democratic Party will become the majority party is if they prove to the American people that they will stand up for what they believe in. If the Democratic Party does not think the Constitution is worth fighting for, then the American public will not trust them with the leadership of the country. Dems roll over now - they lose. Stand up and fight - they win.

  •  I realize your aweful busy, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    But you should really start dating my mother (attractive, intelligent, progressive with Wisconsin roots).

    You all think I'm kidding. I'm not :-)

  •  Thank you, Senator (1+ / 0-)
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    please let us know where to sign up for the presidential campaign!

  •  Once Again We (0+ / 0-)

    can all thank our lucky stars Senator Feingold is simply doing his job; using the framework of the laws of the land to hold the executive branch accountable for its actions.

    it's going to be intriguing to see how many of our other congressional representatives vote for censure, and thus demonstrate they are doing their job as well.

    "Think of Iraq as a military base with a very large oil reserve underneath.... You can't ask for better than that." Fadel Gheit

    by Superpole on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:36:39 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Mr. Senator (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    3goldens

    Your courage and leadership over the course of the last 5 years has earned my undying gratitude and respect. Many, many American stand with you. Please keep speaking for us.

  •  Bravo! (0+ / 0-)

    You speak for many Americans who demand accountability from our elected officials.  No one is above the law.

  •  Go Russ Go! (1+ / 0-)
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    IL dac

    As a charter member of the yet-unformed "FIBs for Feingold" -- both Senators Durbin and Obama have already received calls voicing my strong hope that they will support your resolution.

    I guess everyone's got their own blog now.

    by zonk on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:40:01 AM PST

    •  Count me in! (0+ / 0-)

      FIBs for Fiengold!! Count me in!

      I'm became a Feingold fan during his last campaign.  We have a summer cottage in Wis and consequently I had the pleasure of seeing Russ run a very competent campaign in the face of many negative attacks by his opponent.  In one commercial, Feingold spoke directly to the camara/public and fought back against every negative attack that had been made by his opponent. He was so strong.

      I witnessed this excellent senate campaign during the same time period that I watched our Pres candidate Kerry say nothing as he was being so viciously attacked.  I kept wondering why Kerry wasn't being advised to do the same.

  •  i just called sen. smith's office (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
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    and he said that smith hasn't made a statement but that he'd likely not support censure.  he also said that most democrats weren't on board for it?
    and then he also said that sessions was introducing legislation that would clearly delineate that what shrubya is doing is impermissible.

    i thought they were working on something (specter, snowe, et al) to bring the spying program under the umbrella of FISA?  

    does anybody know about sessions?

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:40:36 AM PST

  •  Well Done! (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you, Senator Feingold.  I emailed my other Senator (Kohl).  If only he was as good a representative of WI as you are!

  •  Prob lost cause, but I emailed my Repub Senators (0+ / 0-)

    As I said in my email, I wanted them to hear the voices of all their constituents.  If pigs fly and Dole or Burr vote yes on this thing, I'm taking credit :-).

  •  Thanks Russ (0+ / 0-)

    YES

    You can't lick the system...but you can give it a damn good fondling!

    by buhdydharma on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:43:52 AM PST

  •  God bless you, Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for fighting for us!

  •  Thank you, Senator! (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    I can't tell you how proud I am to be one of your constituents today.  Keep up the great work.  

    Also, Senator Kohl's office is not giving a "yes" or "no" yet.  Someone needs to remind Senator Kohl what that (D) behind his name stands for.

    A Beginner's Mind

  •  Support in the West (1+ / 0-)
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    Senator, you have many supporters on the west coast.  Continue to stand up for the rights of everyday Americans and we will support you in future endeavors, including any higher office you choose to pursue.

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    for trying.  Please fight.  Walk out or do something to make sure you get heard.  So far the media is laughing.

  •  I've contacted both of my senators (0+ / 0-)

    Mikulski and Sarbanes...they said they'd pass on the message that I support the censure motion.  Sarbanes' aid sounded a bit more enthusiastic, and took down my name and address.

    John Locke: "All just power is derived from the consent of the governed."

    by billlaurelMD on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:52:36 AM PST

  •  NY Kossacks:Meet Sen. Russ Feingold this Saturday (0+ / 0-)

    Attention New York Kossacks!

    This Saturday evening, March 18th, Senator Russ Feingold will be among the honorees at a very special event in Brooklyn.
     
    LOUD & CLEAR is the annual gala of Kolot Chayeinu, a progressive Jewish congregation in Park Slope.  For progressive Brooklynites and other New Yorkers, this is your best chance to meet Senator Feingold, hear him speak, and thank him for fighting our good fights.

    Sorry for diary pimping, but I think itâ€TMs justified in this case â€" for more information on this great event, see my diary:

    Diary on Brooklyn event honoring Russ Feingold

  •  Finally!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Someone with actual balls in the Halls of Power!

  •  You rock! (0+ / 0-)

    I called Mark Dayton's (MN) office and the staffer said they've been getting a lot of calls in support of censure.

    I couldn't get through to Norm Coleman's office - but sent an email and had to pick a category/topic.  I didn't see CENSURE or IMPEACH, so I picked CRIME.

    Senator Feingold - you are a hero!

  •  A true American patriot (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you, Senator, for never giving up in your fight to protect the very thing that we hold dearest, the US constitution.  

    You ARE a true American patriot, and we support you 100%!

  •  Capital News Poll (8+ / 0-)

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    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:56:04 AM PST

  •  I feel comforted by this (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you Senator Feingold. Keep fighting the good fight and don't ever stop being the man of principles you obviously are.

  •  Censure...at least... (1+ / 0-)
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    michelle

    Dear Senator Feingold:

    Keep up the great work on behalf of ALL Americans, (not just those who give you money, like all Republicans and many Democrats do).

    George Walker Bush's behavior is nothing less than criminal. He deserves a censure by the U.S. Senate...at the very least. He should also be tried for crimes against humanity by an international tribunal...and then serve time in prison.

  •  called Levin and Stabenow no position yet n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Look in his eyes--it's all lies. The stars and stripes, have been swiped, washed out and wiped..." Mosh, Eminem

    by lizah on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:23:50 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Feingold you are a true Patriot, and do not be humiliated by those who have not seen the light of this corrupt administration.  Remember that some  Americans support you totally. This administration must be held accountable for their illegal crimes.

    They have broke the law.

  •  I realize I am waaaaaaaaaay down the list here (2+ / 0-)
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    And the chances of you getting to see this, Senator, are slim anyway, even without your very IMPORTANT schedule today, but I simply want to say thank you.

    Thank you for being an honest, upfront, plainspoken and simple-truthed representative of the people.  I live in Missouri, so you're not actually my senator, but given the ones we have, I have adopted you as mine.  So I consider myself and honorary Wisconsin voter!

    You have the support of throngs of people across DailyKos and America.  Thank you so very much for stepping up and speaking out.

  •  Maine's Sen Olympia Snowe had this to say (8+ / 0-)
    about President Clinton:

    "I rise in support of censure because while I do not find that the
    President's behavior constitutes high crimes and misdemeanors requiring
    removal, I do believe that it compels us to record for history our
    recognition of the damage we all acknowledge he has inflicted upon the
    Office of the Presidency and the Nation."

  •  NY Senators on the fence? (1+ / 0-)
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    Called my local New York City offices... told them my support for censure.

    Schumer's office says he hasn't decided whether to support.

    Clinton's office says the Senator still has "No comment."

  •  Respond to the 'running for President' meme (3+ / 0-)
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    Dvalkure, donnas, SherriG

    Remind the reporters that insist on framing your censure in this way that somehow when Frist and other Republican candidates criticized the President in recent days the media did not seem to find it necessary to point out at every turn that they are considering a run for President.  

  •  Senator Finegold, thank your for this and (0+ / 0-)

    your stand on the patriot act. i am personally contacting all democratic senators and asking for their support for censure. thanks, thanks, thanks! i'll be behind you if you choose to run for president.

  •  Go Russ Go! (0+ / 0-)

    I can't wait to vote for you in '08; maybe with Obama as VP (hint, hint)!

    You make me proud to be a Democrat!

    Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939 [-4.38, -3.18]

    by peteri2 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 11:36:42 AM PST

  •  Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    You're awesome!

  •  No mention of Censure at Democrats.org Home Page? (0+ / 0-)

    Why is it that the DNC has no mention of this historic event on the front page?

  •  i believe we are seeing the beginning of the (4+ / 0-)
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    nio, Basil, WisVoter, SherriG

    end of our national nightmare thanks to senator finegold. and i used to be a republican, sir.

  •  Would censure hurt impeachment? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a little concerned that we're setting our sights too low by putting our efforts behind censuring Bush.  Impeachment is what's really called for.  I'm aware that impeachment remains technically viable after censure, but realistically, won't censure take some wind out of the sails of impeachment?  Bush's supporters will be able to say, "You've already censured him, time to move on."

    Maybe it's the other way around; maybe censure helps impeachment somehow.

    What do those savvier than me say?

    •  Impeachment not realistic now (1+ / 0-)
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      onanyes

      Unfortunately, with the current makeup of Congress, impeachment is simply not viable at this time.  After Congress changes hands in November, we can have that discussion. For now, a motion of censure will force the GOP to publicly support the President, while planting a seed that the Prez has done something wrong and needs to be held accountable.

      •  Too clever by half? (0+ / 0-)

        a motion of censure will force the GOP to publicly support the President

        Or not.  Recognizing a way to put the whole mess behind them, they may jump on the censure bandwagon, especially with all the talk lately about "GOP looking to 2008."

        •  Wouldn't put it past them (0+ / 0-)

          Although, it'd be real interesting to see where McCain played that one.  He has already showed his cowardice in backing Bush, now he'd be forced to really show his hand.

        •  Albatross! (1+ / 0-)
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          Perdition

          Bush is the GOP's Poster Child.  Make sure he's on Every.  Fucking.  Poster.  He is their cast-lead Albatross, and they need to go down gurgling with him chained around their fucking necks.  We do not let them run away from him.

          Iraq has seen more corners than a two-hundred year old hooker made out of Rubik's Cubes. -- David Rees, GYWO

          by slippytoad on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:28:29 PM PST

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  •  Senator Feingold: (0+ / 0-)

    In the summer of 2005, I wrote you a letter urging you to run for president because I believe you are the only honest and reasonable voice in the US right now. Every time I hear you speak, I become more and more convinced that I was right.

    Senator Feingold, you have my complete support in your efforts. I am currently spreading flyers around my university campus (University of Alabama at Birmingham) to learn more about you.

    TO ALL KOSSACKS: Iraq. Patriot Act. Censure. Feingold has been right on all the major issues of the day. How can we not support this man? Name me one person who has been a stronger, more honest, and more consistent voice against the GOP and for change?

    Russ Feingold for President!

    by Basil on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:02:36 PM PST

  •   Thank you Senator (0+ / 0-)

    Keep on Rockin' Senator Feingold our hearts beat to the drum.

  •  Thank you, Sir (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for finally pointing out that NO ON is above the law, not even the president. Hang in there againt the baseless attacks you are about to receive.
    Thanks again.

    Shared pain is pain lessened; shared joy is joy increased--Spider Robinson.

    by Maggie Pax on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:25:03 PM PST

  •  War Criminals (2+ / 0-)
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    bostonjay, Andrea inOregon

    Impeach him and his entire regime and then try the warpigs for treason, war profiteering and war crimes.

    Anything less is just more of the same old BS.  

    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

    by Damnit Janet on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:27:54 PM PST

  •  Why not? (1+ / 0-)
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    IL dac

    Here's my thought: why not attach this concurrent resolution to ANOTHER resolution bill?

    It happens all the time, one piece of unpopular legislation piggybacks on a more popular bill. The Dubai bill was piggybacked on Afghanistan/Iraq/Katrina appropriations.

    Why not create a resolution praising the troops in Iraq and democracy in Iraq, and add censure to that?

    "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

    by Jonathan4Dean on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:28:00 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator (0+ / 0-)

    For doing what is right!  For doing your job and I don't mean as a Democratic senator (although that for sure) but in your obligatory role to provide the proper checks and balances to the Executive Branch.

    -5.0,-5.54 "Much Madness is divinest sense - to a discerning eye - Much sense, the starkest madness..." Emily Dickinson

    by SherriG on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:29:52 PM PST

  •  Senator Feingold, Thank You. My husband (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    stodghie

    went out the door this morning saying, "Feingold is my man." My aunt in Indiana emailed me the headline of the NY Times article stating that you were going to move to censure the president.

    I find it very worrisome that Congress is letting Bush get away with many illegal acts, effectively weakening the position of the legislative branch of government.

    Cheney lied--you can see it in his eyes.

    by lecsmith on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:31:11 PM PST

  •  If Not Now, WHEN? (0+ / 0-)

    It takes a CheeseHead to let them know what's up!

    What more does the Bush crime family have to do to this country before someone calls them on it?

    History will note who spoke up in this dark time and who remained silent.  Any Senator who doesn't sign on should be very very ashamed.

  •  Aloha, Russ, I wish you success (0+ / 0-)

    with this.  If only we could . . .

    TVL-WCO&STS: Meeting your conspiracy and adhesive needs with Jack and a Beck's back

    by blogpotato on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:36:22 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator. (0+ / 0-)

    I've called and asked my senators to support your motion.

    Actually, I told them that I'd rather see them support impeachment, but since all that's on the table is censure, it'll have to do.  For now.

    "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

    by ogre on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:38:37 PM PST

  •  Censure is too good for bu$h (0+ / 0-)

    Don't let the pretzeldent get away with breaking the law.  He's not "commander in chief" to anyone except military.  To the rest of us, he is our public servant.  He is not above the law no matter what fantasyland he lives in his head.  Censure is a pithy slap on the wrist.  The bum belongs behind bars in Gitmo where he should be personally attended to by the Abu Gharaib bunch.  

    Pain is temporary and sorrow is fleeting, but hope, determination and courage in the face of adversity are forever.

    by Zen Warrior on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:38:55 PM PST

  •  Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    I commend your action, and hope every patriot in the congress follows suit.  It is time for this president to be stopped in his tracks and made to understand that while his administration serves "at the will of the president"  He and his administration collectivly serve "at the will of the people".  Apparently he has forgotten this.  We live in a democracy that is being dismantled piece by piece.  He must be stopped while we still can stop him.

  •  Thank you, Senator Feingold... (0+ / 0-)

    ... and good luck today.

  •  Senator, a question... (0+ / 0-)

    What will a censure do essentially? And do you see this step leading to impeachment? How I wish someone had come forward to censure, impeach, or do something after they stole the 2000 election from all of us in order to stop this so we could have had our true President serving the people where he wanted to then serve them. That it took so long for this to even be suggested is so unbelievable.

    However, I do appreciate you doing this now, and hope it leads to what we need to see. We could have avoided so much bloodshed, disaster, death, war, debt, and a future that certainly looks uncertain had we stood up enmasse right away. It wasn't as though we weren't warned. I wish you the best with this resolution (and will contact my representatives about sponsoring it,) and hope representatives on both sides of the aisle will wake up to what they are doing to this country by their silence and enabling. Bush and his cohorts not only broke the law regarding FISA, they have not stopped shredding the Constitution since November 2000. I think it's about time we see justice for that as well. Thanks for taking the first step.

  •  Is this going to be a live censure thread? (0+ / 0-)

    -6.88/-5.64 * You know what's happening. Fight it.

    by John West on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:50:11 PM PST

  •  Mr. Feingold Comes To Washington (2+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk, Levity

    Russ Feingold has been a consistant supporter of progressive causes since his election to the US Senate in 1992. As a college student looking to enter what looks to be a more and more depressing national political situation each day, Mr. Feingold is a breath of fresh air to any idealistic young person in this country and beyond (if they've ever heard of him!).

    Yesterday the NY Times Magazine ran an article by Matt Bai entitled "The Fallback" about Mark Warner, the ex-Governor of Virginia and current anti-Hillary candidate for 2008. Russ was mentioned in the article. For those of you who have not read it, I urge you too but most likely, if you react like I did, it will only make you angry because of it's message that Democrats need to sacrifice their beliefs and values in order to cater to red-state voters. By far the best quote in the article is this:

    "The party's online activists don't want to hear about the compromises it takes to govern; they want someone who will derails the Republican agenda, even if he (or she) has to strap himself to the tracks with two fistfuls of dynamite to do it."

    I think those of us within the "Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party" need to ensure that the nominee in 2008 is not some centrist sellout like Hillary Clinton or Mark Warner but rather a Democrat with balls (literally) like Russ Feingold and, day by day, he proves himself as a true progressive and liberal and I applaud him for being inspiring in today's gloomy political scene.

  •  Is anybody watching CSPAN-2 right now? That ca (0+ / 0-)

    that can give us a play-by play of Russ Feingold's speech?

  •  everytime (0+ / 0-)

    i'm ready to give up on the current group of Democrats, you do something to remind me that hope abounds. Thanks Senator.

    A hungry man is a angry man.

    by blacklib on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:02:52 PM PST

  •  Here we go!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Frist saying we're only aiding the terrorists - what a low life...

  •  Go Russ Go!!! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jeffwtux

    Senator, I support you whole-heartedly in this and all your fights.  You are now the leader of the Democratic Party.  I want to move to Wisconsin so you can be my Senator.  I am ashamed of my Senator Lieberman in CT, and hope Ned Lamont will join you in the Senate next January.  Russ Feingold for President!!!

  •  frist is trying to move forward with a vote (2+ / 0-)
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    Sanuk, Jordan LFW

    without debate. hmmmmmmmmmm now sarbanes is objecting. screw frist! screw him. i hope the devil has a special place in hell for this asshole.

  •  vote at 5:30 (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Frist is saying there will be a vote on the Feingold motion at 5:30

  •  Frist wants vote on censure by the end of the day (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    progressive pete

    No doubt trying to seize upon any Dem apprehension.

    Calls this a "political stunt" (heard that before). What a tool.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass

    by big dave on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:11:54 PM PST

  •  Today Russ is Captain America n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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    DeadB0y, Sanuk

    I'd like to add myself to the long and growing list of those who thank you for this Senator.
    We have grown very very weary of watching this president run roughshod over our constitution with nothing more than a few murmurs of disapproval from our elected representatives in the House and Senate.
    I realize that the odds of getting this passed in a Republican dominated Senate are small. I don't care, I want to see the Democrats united behind this. I want the President to know that for at least one of the two major parties, the constitution is still more important than politics.
    Any Senator that refuses to go along with this is declaring just the opposite, regardless of which party they belong to.
    It's time to come out and pick a side, the constitution or the political consultants.

  •  I placed my calls to the New Jersey senators. (0+ / 0-)

    The offices of Senators Menendez and Lautenberg both stated that the Senators hadn't yet decided on their positions on censure, but that the staffs were tallying the opinions of the constituents.  I left comments to both saying ... well, since I'm posting here, you can probably guess what my opinion is on this.

    My specific statement to Lautenberg's office was, actually: "if President Clinton's indiscretions warranted impeachment, then President Bush's violations of the law certainly warrant censure, at the very least."

    Don't know how much that's worth.

  •  Russ is preparing to speak right now.... (0+ / 0-)
  •  Why doesn't someone just borrow some of Delay's (0+ / 0-)

    old extermination chemicals and spray the insect commonly known as Bill Frist.  grrrrr

  •  email all the democratic senators. ALL OF THEM! (0+ / 0-)

    I DID THIS MORNING.

  •  Here we go... (0+ / 0-)

    You can tell the Democrats are ready for the "WE'RE GOING TO FUCK WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY" approach of Frist and the other Repug whores who continue to try and stifle debate through their disgusting, nefarious, devious, FUCKED UP bullshit....

    FUCK THOSE MOTHERFUCKERS HARD.

    I hope Feingold hands them their heads...bloody.

  •  How many people would be here if this wasHillary? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm guessing ZERO.  Why does Matthews and the DC media keep pumping Hillary and saying she is the slam dunk nominee?

  •  now i am yelling at my television. (1+ / 0-)
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    someone get a cat. frist will stop talking and starting chasing it for sure.

  •  Thank you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    From Florida.  History will judge this gesture favorably, and if it can be made into more than a gesture you have done a great service to us all.

    One day my children will have the opportunity to go abroad.  But they will not be met by a grateful world as I was, but by an angry world, a world which is fed up with American corruption, American hypocrisy, and American war.  They will learn to be ashamed of being American.  There is so much that I could be angry about, but this cuts deepest.  For we are our government, and we should all be ashamed.

  •  Finally he gets to speak n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Specter . . . (4+ / 0-)
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    what a dick.
  •  Try to call in to Washington Journal tomorrow (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    omfreebogart

    let them know you support this

  •  Call your Senators NOW at all their offices (2+ / 0-)
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    stodghie, omfreebogart

    We need to make our voices heard!
    Let's all help Senator Feingold to be our voice.
    Call your Senators today and every day at any and all their offices until our message gets through to them. They must join Senator Feingold to make our Senate do its job and hold this president accountable and answerable to our Congress.

    Hurray! We have a voice!

  •  Go Senator (1+ / 0-)
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    stodghie

    Go Senator Go!  Hold the President accountable.  Thank you.

  •  sigh! i am in love! oh, well a girl can dream! (0+ / 0-)

    think about it! our politicos are so much better looking than those rethug jerks.

  •  Thank you, Russ Feingold! (0+ / 0-)

    Well-behaved women seldom make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    jc's designs

    by jaysea on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:35:12 PM PST

  •  A Senator with balls! (1+ / 0-)
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    Senator Feingold,

    The President has BROKEN the law and there needs to be action and accountability.

    Finally, someone put it out there on the record.

    Thank you.

  •  i waited 5 long years in fear and despair for a (2+ / 0-)
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    politican to stand up for us. today, one did. and i have tears in my eyes watching him.

  •  My emails to Senators Levin and Stabenow (1+ / 0-)
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    Senator Levin/Stabenow,
      I'm wondering how you will be voting on Senator Feingold's motion to censure President George W. Bush today at 5:30.  I strongly support this motion.  President Bush's unwarranted domestic spying program has violated the checks and balances laid out in our constitution that form the fundementals of accountability of our elected leaders that our nation was founded on.  I agree with President Bush that at times we need to be willing to sacrifice some of our freedoms for security as long as we have faith and accountablity of our elected leaders that are asking us to do so.
       At no time, however, should we ever be willing to sacrifice the accountibility of our elected leaders.  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is more important to our nation than the accountability of our elected leaders, not even(no ESPECIALLY NOT EVEN) national security.  President Bush and the supporters of unwarranted domestic spying are asking us to do just that.  A vote of censure will send the message that this isn't to be tolerated

               Thankyou,
       Jeff Warren

  •  My Hero, My hero for President 2008. (1+ / 0-)
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    Jordan LFW

     I have been paying attention to Senator Feingold and I want him to be our next president.  Can we clue in Tweety Matthews in mass mailings since he seems to have elected Hillary.  I would rather see Clark, Edwards or even Kerry to straighten out our country, but Feingold is the MAN!

  •  Bravo, (3+ / 0-)
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    stodghie, DeadB0y, jeffwtux
    Senator. Open the doors. Fling wide the windows. Let the sun shine in!
    •  'So I want you to get up now. (0+ / 0-)

      I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!.."  (Peter Finch as Howard Beale, from the film "Network", 1976)

  •  now i think spector is going to make a total fool (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mjd in florida

    of himself. he did.

    •  Yep, he is playing the lapdog Buchco cabal member (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      stodghie

      Is Specter a Buchco member or maybe has he been wiretapped?  How do we Americans understand any politician that doesn't oppose Bush lying and doing illegal wiretaps?  Senator Feingold is my man for President in 2008!

      •  Spector's comments were not quite that simple (2+ / 0-)
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        SarahLee, SherriG

        Is Specter a Buchco member or maybe has he been wiretapped?

        I don't think it is quite as simple as that.  He started out saying that the question on inherent article powers should not just be dismissed without a full examination because, if a valid argument,  it would trump FISA, and he pointed out that the Attorney General supported that proposition and certain others did too.  He then seemed to say that it was hard to evaluate this argument without knowing exactly what it was that the President had authorized but that since the Administration was not willing to go into a closed session with the Judiciary Committee that had not really been looked at.

        He seemed to suggest he was disappointed that the Intelligence Committee had not had such a hearing either and then he went on to say that he hoped that the resolution would be referred to  his committee so that these still unresolved things could be look into in more depth.  He also totally rejected the idea the use-of-military-force-against-al Qaeda resolution could support bypassing FISA. He also seemed to suggest that perhaps congress could act to authorize the federal courts to decide whether the secret NSA program violates FISA or is a proper exercise of Article Two power notwithstanding FISA.

        While Spector's comments took the form raising certain questions about the resolution, as a defense for the President it seemed an intentionally weak one.

        Later when Senator Durbin spoke he said that he thought that this resolution should be the basis for more hearings.

        The thing I was picking up between the lines was that there are at least a few Republicans who might be willing to let Senator Specter hold more hearings on the issues raised and that that might be the real significance of this resolution.

        I think that perhaps the demand, at least to Republicans, should be that there should be hearings in the Judiciary Committee on the issues raised by the Feingold censure resolution -- including closed sessions that look at exactly what has been and is being done.

  •  Will Scillary Clinton vote for this? (0+ / 0-)

    or will the DLC neocon alter-ego take over?

  •  All yours, Senator.. (0+ / 0-)

    My vote, my time, and whatever money that I can spare in this dysfunctional economy that they are telling me is going "great guns."

  •  Give 'em hell, (0+ / 0-)

    Mr. Feingold.

    "If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. "-Eisenhower

    by Bulldawg on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 02:03:42 PM PST

  •  We finally found a patriot (0+ / 0-)

    who will stand up to raw power. Even if you are a lonely voice in the wilderness the republicans cannot hide from us anymore. They can propose investigations... delay, procastinate, but you said it all, and so clearly. You have forced the fox to come out of his den into the clear! The truth is out there for all to see. Thank you Senator Feingold. You are a true patriot!

  •  Yes, Senator Specter,, (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    Our president has acted in bad faith. Not only has he acted in bad faith, he has lied to us Americans about wire-tapping and his reasons for attacking Iraq.  He was missing in action with Katrina and needs to be found in bad faith with recovery there also.  Bush needs to be impeached, bad faith is a given!

  •  Resolution (0+ / 0-)
    Senator Feingold, I just watched you present your resolution to the Senate.

    I want to say thank you for your integrity and bravery. I truly hope you receive a tremendous about of support from your colleagues. I've written to both of my Senators requesting that they support your resolution.

    Thank you again.

    P.S. Don't let Senator Specter's hissy fit because you left his sandbox before he spoke get to you. He's always like that. For all they dish out, Republicans are very thin-skinned themselves.

  •  I called my senators to support censure (0+ / 0-)

    Support Allan Lichtman for US Senate in Maryland. It's time for a real Democrat.

    by Theo McCarthy on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 02:14:02 PM PST

  •  We finally found a patriot (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    historys mysteries

    who will stand up to raw power. Even if you are a lonely voice in the wilderness the republicans cannot hide behind lies and deception anymore. They can propose investigations... delay, procastinate, but you said it all, and so clearly. You have forced the fox to come out of his den into the clear! The truth is out there for all to see. Thank you Senator Feingold. You are a true patriot!

  •  Action going up on ActForChange soon... (0+ / 0-)

    A little late to the party, but we'll have an action alert up on our site in just a little while here...

  •  Well, it's 5:30. Are they actually doing the (0+ / 0-)

    vote, or is it being postponed for some "procedural" reason?
    (I'm betting the latter)

  •  Senator Jeff Sessions, (2+ / 0-)
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    Sorry buddy, you didn't ask my son in Afghanistan or his best friend in Iraq what they considered best for them.  They want to come home and support Americans looking out for their opinions.  Our military is in trouble!

  •  Right on! (0+ / 0-)

    Senator, thank YOU for standing up for the Constitution and the people!!  

    I both called and sent letters to my Republican Senators supporting the censure!  YOU ROCK, SIR!!

  •  Which will make you more excited:the censure vote (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    klw1963

    passing or your favorite team winning the NCAA tournament?

  •  Great job today Senator! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Wife of Bath

    I watched you on Cspan and am proud of your efforts.  Keep up the good work!

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    klw1963

    You are the one who gives us hope that change can happen, that there are some who represent the people, and look beyond the polls and look at what is right.

    Thank you Senator for having not only the morals to do the right thing, but the cajones to follow through.

    I am citizen and appreciate your honesty and hard work for the people.

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

  •  Thanks Senator!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida

    Remember, we got your back!

    Anyone who messes with you has to mess with us, too!!  And vice versa, apparently!

    -Legalize Freedom!-
    Proud blogging member of Someone Took In These Pants

    by JohnnyCougar on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 02:54:56 PM PST

  •  Not good enough (1+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida

    Impeach. Arrest..Frogmarched out of the Whitehouse with full coverage on all networks along with Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.  Anything short of that is truely a disappointment.

  •  Senator Feingold (1+ / 0-)
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    Nonie3234

    Please dump this god damn useless Party and run as an independent.  You, Bernie Sanders, Howard Dean - we need to get rid of this anchor called a Party.  I am so pissed that they wouldn't support you that I have told Harry Reid, the DSCC, the DCCC and the DNC (sorry Howard) to kiss my ass; and I cancelled my bond.  I am done. This Party sucks.  We really need a third party or a strong independent to make a run.  I don't know which party is the biggest pile of crap - Dems or Thugs.  

    Dean speaks for me!

    by dkmich on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:03:06 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold (5+ / 0-)

    Thank you for reading the Patriot Act.
    Thank you for voting against it.  Twice.
    Thank you for continually trying to protect the Constitution and our civil rights.
    Thank you for standing up to this Administration with your Censure Resolution today.

    I live in CA and have to admit had gotten lazy.  I expected my Senators to vote in my best interest without me having to pay too much attention.  I was wrong.  They have both received the following letter from me today:

    March 13, 2006

    Senator Barbara Boxer
    Senator Diane Feinstein

    Via fax: (415) 956-6701
           (202) 228-3954

    Dear Senators Boxer and Feinstein:

    I am going to make this simple...

    WAKE UP!!!  

    There is a grave constitutional crisis occurring in this country right now.  Our president has decided he is above the law.  He has repeatedly broken the law, lied about it, and still intends to continue doing so in the future.

    The Republican controlled Senate and Congress are obviously going to do nothing about it.  In fact they are now taking steps to retroactively legalize this presidentâ€TMs clearly illegal actions, and they are attempting to make it a federal crime to expose or report any such actions in the future!

    Your constituents and all citizens of this country need for you to take a stand against these illegal actions.  WE NEED YOU TO PROTECT OUR CIVIL RIGHTS!

    I urge you to stand with your colleague, Senator Russ Feingold, in his efforts to censure this out of control president.  I was dismayed by your failure to support his recent efforts to protect our rights when trying to amend the Patriot Act before it was passed again.  I urge you not to make the same mistake twice.  Critics of the Democratic party repeat time and againâ€" they have no plan!  they will not stand together for anything!

    Come on Senators, WAKE UP!  the future of our country depends on you.  We need you to be strong, fight for us or we will not return you to office!

    Sincerely,

    TH
    San Francisco, CA

  •  Thank you Senator Feingold. (3+ / 0-)
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    I am quite simply speechless, so I will borrow the speech of others:

    There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
    William J. Clinton

    Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
    Calvin Coolidge

    A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
    George William Curtis

    And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
    John F. Kennedy

    Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
    Adlai E. Stevenson

    It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
    Voltaire

  •  I am with you totally (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mjd in florida
    on this one.

    Thank you for taking a strong stand for the principles upon which this country was founded.

  •  Good for you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I am thankful we have people like you--those who serve the interests of the people.

  •  Keep the pressure up !! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SarahLee
  •  Sen. Feingold (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    I really appreciate your doing this.  I heard you speak last year at University of Miami's law school.  A childhood friend of yours arranged the event.  I was very impressed.  I've only been in law school for about 2 years and I completely realize how illegal this is.  How any republican who has a law degree can sit there and not realize how the executive branch is totally abusing their power is beyond me.  I keep hoping the Republicans would put their own selfish desire for power above partisanship but they don't mind being the President's lap dog. It is very sad, our founding father's are rolling over in their graves.

    It's not easy being a Floridian.

    by lawstudent922 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:10:45 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you Senator for your brave stand. You are one of the good ones.

    "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts." Senator Moynihan

    by 1seeker on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:15:24 PM PST

  •  Support Feingold AND destroy Diebold (0+ / 0-)

    Jeb Bush and his thugs are still trying to conceal their Diebold crimes. Please vote in this Tallahassee newspaper poll in support of Ion Sancho, who proved Diebold machines can be hacked. http://www.tallahassee.com/...

  •  Thank you Sir and (0+ / 0-)

    if there is any desire for straightning this country out and getting it back on the right track, you Sir will be the man for 2008.

    My big fear is that all the Beltway Dems huge war chest will derail your efforts at 2008.

    God I wish we still had a Democratic party with some guts and a desire to do what is right for our country. Of course Sir that reference does not include you.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart even if it does nothing but get it on recoard.

    You are our only hope at the moment in the Senate.

    From a  very sad Democrat from MS.

    The Christian fundies have forgotten one major thing about religion . If God wanted to enforce his will on people he is capable of doing it himself.

    by eaglecries on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:21:38 PM PST

  •  Thank you senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    I hope many in our senate will join you in this necessary first step to taking back our country.  Thankyou for having the strength of will and spirit to take the step that most would be too timid to take.

    Thankyou.

  •  What's So Bad About Crime? (0+ / 0-)

     I mean, Bush is a Republican, after all.  

     And, for that matter, what's so special about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and all that boring history stuff?  

     I mean, don't you think Big Pharma, CitiBank, HCA, Halliburton, and the Entire Oil and Insurance Industries would go on functioning    just.     fine.     thank.     you.   without worrying about what some oldy-moldy parchment says and, thus, taking up valuable Senate time that could be used to screw the middle- and working-classes some more?  

     When you going to get your priorities straight, Senator Feingold?

     BenGoshi
    ___________________

    We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

    by BenGoshi on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:37:54 PM PST

  •  Over the weekend... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...I watched "The Weatherman."  There's a moment in which Michael Caine says to Nicholas Cage, "The right thing is never easy."  (That idea has been expressed a variety of ways -- this is merely the most recent time it has crossed my path.)

    Well, true to form, it's looking like censuring Bush is not going to be easy.  But it is definitely right.  

    "...the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    by Roddy McCorley on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:48:49 PM PST

  •  I Heart Senator Feingold!! (0+ / 0-)

    -6.00, -4.41 "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions" - poet James Russell Lowell

    by Deano963 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:50:44 PM PST

  •  Somebody has to do it (0+ / 0-)

    Even if there is no chance of sucess, if only to make  the point that someone has to hold the executive branch accountable under the law.

    Since a Republican Congress will not (and never has) ever held its own acountable under te law, and in fact seems to hold to the theory that every four years America elects a dictator.

    It is sim[ply time for someone to stand up and say no.

    I salute you Mr Feingold.

  •  Thanks. I hope it ends up bringing (0+ / 0-)

    more action to deal with this lawbreaking.

    I am tired of being told that wanting the law followed is the same as aiding the enemy.  As far as I can see, breaking the law is breaking the law.  If we break our own laws and remove our own freedoms the terrorists have won.  It doesn't matter that the excuse for breaking those laws and removing those freedoms is the terrorist threat.  

  •  Thank you, Senator. (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you very much, Senator Feingold, for your courageous leadership on this critical issue.

    I have written to Senators Martinez and Nelson from Florida to express my support for your resolution.

  •  Senator - a Question re Impeachment (0+ / 0-)

    Senator, I want to know why the Dems aren't even trying to call for impeachment. I mean, if Bush isn't the poster child for term, it has lost all relevance.

    Are there no Republicans who respect the law? And why did your fellow Dems turn their backs on that as well?

    Seriously, what is going on in DC???? Those of us in the real world just can't understand whatever "strategy" is being played out here....

    Enlighten us???

    Real History Lisa http://realhistoryarchives.blogspot.com

    by Lisa in Los Angeles on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 04:13:40 PM PST

    •  Conyers (1+ / 0-)
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      Impeachment has to come from the House. Rep Conyers is investigating to make a good case, and is seeing who would support it. Last i heard (a day or two ago) only 30 Representatives had signed on.

      "Murrow had a child. The damn thing went wild." -- Fleetwood Mac
      (-8.63), (-7.03)

      by Perdition on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:53:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you senator Feingold (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SarahLee

    It's great to see you take this brave and important step in holding the president accountable for his illegal and dangerous overstepping of the law and constitution.

    I wish you the best of luck with this resolution, and hope that you keep introducing it until the rest of the country finally understands what you and other political and legal experts and leaders and many of us here in the blogosphere have understand since the existance of this program was revealed late last year, that it is not only blatantly illegal, but threatens our democracy, civil liberties, and possibly even national security.

    To support you in this courageous and necessary resolution, I have contacted my Washington State senators with the following email

    I urge Senator Cantwell/Murray to support Senator Feingold's Censure Resolution against President Bush for his authorization of the illegal NSA wiretap program. As countless constitutional experts have stated publically, this program is absolutely illegal and outrageous, and a danger to both civil liberties and the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government.

    By being outside the legally required oversight of both the judiciary and congress, it is not only illegal and a dangerous precedent, but it also prevents the courts and congress from knowing whether the program is not overstepping its bounds by spying on innocent Americans and foreign nationals, not to mention whether it's effective in actually defending our national security.

    The president cannot be allowed to continue with this illegal and potentially dangerous program. The program must either be stopped immediately or forced to comply with FISA, investigations must be held right away to determine whether it has restricted its operations to legitimate eavesdropping and has been conducted efficiently and effectively, and the president himself must be held accountable for his blatantly illegal actions in repeatedly authorizing this program.

    I would eventually like to see impeachment proceedings brought against the president eventually, but that is the role of the house, not senate. But as a senator, it is within your power to support Senator Feinfold's Censure Resolution to begin the vital and necessary process of holding the president accountable for his actions and bringing this wiretap program fully within the law.

    With Democrats being in the minority, I realize that chances are that this resolution won't pass. But the message that you will send by supporting it, and by having as many senators as possible supporting it, will be heard loud and clear by the GOP, by the White House, by the public, and by the press. And it is an important message to send right now, to make it clear that the Democratic party, and all patriotic senators who put the interests of the country above those of their president or party, do not and will not support this illegal program.

    Senator Cantwell/Murray, by supporting this Censure Resolution, you have the power to let the president, his supporters in the senate and house, and the public, know that you do not and will not stand by while this illegal and dangerous program continues unabated, and that you will do everything in your power to bring it in compliance with the law, and the president to task for authorizing it. If you do not vote to support this resolution, you will effectively be sending the president, his supporters and the voting public, the message that you support this program. Do you want to send them that message? I certainly hope not.

    Please vote to support Senator Feingold's brave, legitimate and necessary Censure Resolution!

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 04:16:44 PM PST

  •  Censure is not enough (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lisa in Los Angeles

    he needs to be investigated and impeached.  I realize that the republican senate will block this, still I think it is important to make the statement that nothing less than an investigation by a special counsel will do.

  •  I'm joining the Gratitude Chorus (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you, Senator Feingold!   You are courageous... Know that you have many, if not a majority of, citizens behind you.  

  •  I have two GOPers ... (0+ / 0-)

    for senators, should I be just as loud? Well, I am going to write them and write my friends to write them with a form letter of sorts. Frankly, I know that they will not do it out of party loyalty, but it is my civic duty...

    They still teach civics in HS right?

    From the Southwest, Living in the Midwest & Loving the Purple that is Ohio.

    by Loganpoppy on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 04:29:52 PM PST

  •  I for one am so glad you did this (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    historys mysteries

    We needed to keep the illegal surveillance issue in front of people. And if our Senate is not to go the way of the Roman Senate, we need more Senators to assert the oversight prerogatives given to them by the Constitution. It's about time somebody put this on the table. Good job, Senator Feingold.

  •  Thank you, Senator! (5+ / 0-)

    You make me proud to be a Democrat. I believe you are about the ONLY Dem senator with a backbone worth a damn in the Senate!

    If you run for president you are the clear leader in my book!

    I am so impressed with you!

    •  I second that (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      osterizer, klw1963

      A lot of things Democrats have done lately, like abandoning you on the Patriot Act and not standing more solidly against this corrupt incompetent stupid waste of lives and treasure don't make us proud, but you by contrast are setting the standard for what we do want our Senators to be like.

      Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

      by rktect on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 04:40:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  it'd be very nice to go into the 2006 elections (0+ / 0-)

    with all the Senators on the record as to whether they support Bush in lying about his illegal warrantless surveillance.

    Ok Bush made a lot of mistakes, he's not you, but are you going to continue his flawed policies with the same incompetent cronies continuing to make the same mistakes?

  •  RUSS, YOU ARE A PATRIOT WITH GUTS.... (0+ / 0-)

    And that is in short supply. I am making out my second check this year for $100.00 and sending it to the Progressive Patriots Fund. Thank you sir, waiting to help work on the West Coast Feingold for President campaign after 2006. Oregon needs you!

    The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements. - Senator James W. Fulbright

    by american pastoral on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 04:45:04 PM PST

  •  One Man Can Make a Difference (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bruised toes

    Thank you Senator Feingold for standing up to this administration and the illegal domestic surveillance of American citizens.  We are behind you.

    Hopefully, the rest of the Democratic Party will find the courage you have to stand-up for the rule of law.

  •  Standing alone? (0+ / 0-)

    Congratulations, Senator Feingold!  Your heroic action will serve to separate the wheat from the chaff in the U.S. Senate....but I'm afraid that (as usual) there's more chaff (most notably among members of the erstwhile 'Opposition Party' aka 'Democrats', aka 'Republicrats', aka 'Gutless Cowards', aka 'LOSERS'!).

    I'm sure there are those who will make all kinds of excuses for the usual 'presidential hopefuls' who will desert and disown you. Those people are welcome to keep whatever is left of the 'Democratic Party' after this plays out.

    "Don't wait to be hunted to hide." - Samuel Beckett

    by aybayb on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 04:53:25 PM PST

  •  Senator, you're too good for the Senate (0+ / 0-)

    Please run for President.

    Don't be so afraid of dying that you forget to live.

    by LionelEHutz on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 04:56:34 PM PST

  •  Goosebumps while listening to you on CSPAN radio (0+ / 0-)

    I was at work today, secretly listening to you, Senator Feingold, with my headphones. I felt like cheering as you spoke. I was so proud, so amazed at your courage. Thank you for doing the right thing.

    You are a hero, and I will not forget what you did today.

  •  Thank you, Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you so much for submitting this resolution.  I called Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez today to express my support of it.  

  •  Dear Senate Dems: you are COWARDS (other than RF) (0+ / 0-)

    From now on you can pull your campaign contributions out of your butts because they won't be coming to me.  Disgraceful and sickening.

    No American left behind - in civil rights, in health care, in the economy.

    by JLFinch on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 05:04:30 PM PST

  •  Every Dem Senator needs to support this. PERIOD! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SarahLee, bmaples

    We are a country of laws. This is beyond what is best politically.

    The US faces its biggest constitutional crisis since Nixon.

    Saying the President is not above the law is absolutely required. To not do so would be a slap at our constitution, would be unpatriotic and would support the values of our enemies.

    I do not want an Emperor - from either party.

  •  One of the few with integrity (1+ / 0-)
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    greeseyparrot

    Senator Feingold is one of the few in Washington DC with integrity.  The MSM is already saying that the Rethugs are chomping at the bit for Feingold to run in '08 and are going to label him a Jewish McGovernite.  I'm afraid that it is becoming clearer and clearer that the progressive agenda will not be represented by a Democrat candidate.  Is it time to back an Independent?  I've been a Democrat for 33 years, but feel lost in the wilderness of hypocrisy and spinelessness.

    •  Amen, brother. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      greeseyparrot, bruised toes

      I want to support the Dems so much. But with this lack of support for Russ, it is obvious that they do not represent any kind of alternative. I really hate to say it, but the Dems are part of the problem. I admire Feingold, he gives me hope, strength, and courage to believe that this country can be changed in a non-violent way. But if he can't move the party toward integrity, who can?

      The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements. - Senator James W. Fulbright

      by american pastoral on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 05:18:20 PM PST

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  •  Thank you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I just heard the rundown of the abuse you had to take from various Republicans, led by the beloved Deadeye Dick, before even getting to offer the resolution. So thanks for being tough enough to take it - even knowing in advance.

    -8.25,-8.36 The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    by sidnora on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 05:22:57 PM PST

  •  Feingold for President '08 (1+ / 0-)
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    whodat527

    While I don't agree automatically with all of the distinguished Senator's positions, I know NO ONE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY will explain their positions with more vigor or be more resolute.  

    "These guys are the biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen."

    by NyLib05 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 05:34:27 PM PST

  •  Go, Russ! (0+ / 0-)

    The country needs to hear the truth.  The President blatantly and consciously violated the law.  He must be held accountable.

  •  Senator Feingold, thank you!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Fear will keep the local systems in line. -Grand Moff Tarkin Survivor Left Blogistan

    by boran2 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 05:40:49 PM PST

  •  Our Modern Patrick Henry (0+ / 0-)

    Russ:  Our Republic was born because of Statesmen like you and SHALL NOT DIE because of Statemen like yourself. I admire your courage.  Keep fighting "for the higher good".  Only History will judge us.  

  •  I emailed Wyden to support censure. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Senator Feingold--my undying thanks (0+ / 0-)

    for standing up to these thugs (and for citing Patrick Henry--as a fourth grader I read his "give me liberty or give me death" speech, and immediately set about learning it by heart--I knew it was important information!)

    ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

    by bibble on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:02:01 PM PST

  •  maverick (0+ / 0-)

    Thats why here in Wisconsin we call him our maverick, with pride.

  •  I add my humble thanks to the many above. (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for fighting for democracy.

  •  Keep It Up Senator! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    greeseyparrot, bmaples

    Thank you for all of your efforts from a North Carolina democrat. I did call both of my Senators (Burr and Dole) and urged each one to support your resolution.

    May the God I believe in bless you.

    "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools" -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    by JayIsConfused on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:28:37 PM PST

  •  Thanks Senator (0+ / 0-)

    We got a fight on our hands (and not just against Republicans) but no matter how it turns out thanks for having our backs.  We got yours.

  •  Your speech today on the Senate floor (0+ / 0-)

    was terrific.  You have my heartfelt thanks for speaking truth to power.  

  •  Sen. Feingold - thank you for your courage! (0+ / 0-)

    We're with you.

    It's time to be a Democrat!

    by annefrank on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 06:41:47 PM PST

  •  Censure is the least Bush deserves (0+ / 0-)

    Senator, i hope for once, just once, all Democrats close rank and send this powerful message to Bush and his band of out of control Republicans -- enough is enough!

  •  Broken other laws? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SarahLee

    As Commander and chief of US forces has Bush also broken other laws by committing crimes against humanity?  I suspect, and please let me know if I'm wrong, that the majority of the congress is in collusion with the president. Bush's crimes against humanity and the violation of the people of the United States are congress' crimes.

    It's business as usual for the corrupt politicians who consider the funding for thier next campaign well before considering what their oath of office meant, or what representing the people actually requires on to do.  

    I don't see how any member of congress can sit idly by and watch what is happening in Washington.  Fact is, they aren't sitting idly by, they are assisting the president.  Trying to make it seem that the position of a senator or house rep have a level of sanctity, some dignity and honor.  I believe the office has distinction, but those who occupy the position today are patently false.  Why else would one not stand up and do his rightful duty?

    Well, In my wide open eyes, the whole of congress stinks, and the exec's are not significantly more rotten.  The values and ideals that the congressional and executive branch were founded on have been allowed to wither and die.  The judiciary is not far behind.  All the responsibility lies in the hands of the people however.  Those values and ideals are our responsibility to look after, to guarantee for the next generation and the one after that.  

    Thanks for standing up Senator.

  •  Thank you for (0+ / 0-)

    continuing to stand up for what's right.  

    I've called both my senators and sent emails calling for them to support your resolution.  I'll be calling Harry Reid's office tomorrow.

  •  After hearing Frist's response to censure (0+ / 0-)

    I can only deduce that the importance of keeping bush from the consequences due him have nothing to do with bush himself but with keeping the republican party in a dominant position... his words were so ludicrous... thank goodness there are still sane people in the legislature...

    Thanks Senator

    Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. -James Bryant Conant

    by crkrjx on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:16:50 PM PST

  •  Thank You, Senator. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SarahLee, bmaples, pi1304

    Right now, you are the only Democrat for whom I would cast my primary vote.

    The fact that you (Dem) guys and gals cannot work yourselves up to kicking Bush when he's down, despite his almost overwhelming disapproval, is proof positive of how lost the Dems are, and why I will never give up my "independent" voter status.

    I called both my Senators today to express my support for your move.  I am made angry and scared by this Administration, and will confess openly that I did not see a dime's worth of difference between Al Gore and George Bush in 2000.

    But Bush has taken "accountability" to new levels of hypocrisy.

    So I do now.

    Sincerely,

    John Onorato

    IL

    •  you said it well (0+ / 0-)

      ... though I'll be less diplomatic and more irritated:

      There's no room for pussies on the Democratic docket.

      Dems - stand the hell up, or I'll have no reason to think you're any better than the Repubs. And that's a damn shame.

      Thank you, Senator Feingold, for leading by example.

      Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do. - James Harvey Robinson

      by pi1304 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:48:23 PM PST

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  •   I Admire what Senator Feingold is doing ! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm looking for working class Democrats with a spine :)

    Mark Warner / Wesley Clark 2008 **

    by Susan Easley on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:21:35 PM PST

  •  GRATEFUL (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Feingold, please know how grateful many, many Americans are for your courageous fight for the protection of our Constitutional rights.  

    We sincerely thank you.

  •  Russ never sleeps. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SarahLee, whodat527

    The king is gone, but he's not forgotten. This is the story of Georgie Rotten.

    Don't burn out or fade away, Russ. Keep up the good work!

    No act of peace is ever wasted. peacepositive always.

    by peacepositivemike on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:47:55 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator! (0+ / 0-)

    It's good to have someone stand up and do their job! I'll be calling Senators Boxer and Feinstein tomorrow, and let them know that unless they back up your censure resolution, I will not be backing EITHER Senator on their reelection bid.

    "...war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial."--Daniel Berrigan.

    by Rico on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:49:16 PM PST

  •  We Are All So Proud Of You (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Valtin

    Thank you so much for standing up for our Constitution, Senator, it only takes one to change things around.

  •  If only (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bmaples, bruised toes
    other Dems in Congress had your courage and sense of duty to uphold our constitution and preserve our system of checks and balances.  

    What will it take to get other congressional Dems to do what must be done to stop Bush?  Tell us - we'll do it whatever it takes to make sure they do it!  We've written LTEs, signed petitions, called our representatives, marched, cried, pulled out our hair, voted, riled up blogs, sent out action alerts - in short we've done everything we know how to do to try to make congressional Dems stand and fight with you.  What will it take to make them see what you can see and make them start fighting?

    We Need REGIME CHANGE  

  •  Intregity (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    fbb, klw1963

    Some people, like my repug friend, see this move as political,I see it as a matter of intregity. Similar to your vote against the Iraqi war.  You've got my vote.

    "The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country..." - Thomas Paine

    by elveta on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 07:56:41 PM PST

  •  What the fuck are Democratic Senators doing? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    fbb, Valtin, american pastoral

    They should have been behind this immediately after Senator Feingold proposed it.  There is no hope for this country when our best hope are political opportunists like Hillary Clinton, "reasonable men" like Joe Lieberman and Chuck Schumer who consistently put political expediency over principle.

    Frankly, I prefer people like Rick Santorum and Tom Delay over the Democratic leadership.  They are unabashedly filthy pieces of scum, and they don't try to hide it behind some veil of respectability.

    I hope someone is watching over Senator Feingold.  I find it very difficult to believe that the powers that be will let him survive to see November of 2008.

  •  Saloot! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    fbb
    Sen. Feingold, I admire your courage. There was a time not too far back when a different party was in the White House and the minority party gave two hoots about whether there was political support for impeachment - they just thought it was the right thing for them to do, and charged ahead.

    The Democratic party is too weak to take any major positions that would bring swift attacks from the right and their lapdog media. They lost the right to any moral conviction when they gave their collective assent to this misguided war in Iraq.

    You stood against that tide. Now you stand alone amongst the pigmies of your party. Let me remind of you another such lonely figure in history - Mahatma Gandhi. When Gandhi first started his non-violent civil disobedience movement in India against the British rulers, there was considerable opposition from his party. At one point during the struggle, he visited the Indian literature Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore wrote a special poem in Bengali for Gandhi whose first two lines are:
    Jodi tor daak shuney keu naa ashey
    Tobey ekla cholo rey

    Loosely translated it reads:
    If no one hears your call and comes
    Then walk it alone

    I admire your courage in doing the right thing, during the AUMF, and now.

  •  Thank you, Senator! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oaktown Girl

    Thank you for making  your couragous and principled motion.  It's now time
    for the rest of the Senate to follow your lead.  I've asked both my Senators
    to support your motion:

    Please support Senator Feingold's resolution censuring the
    President of the United States for his willfull violation of
    the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

    We often hear President Bush talking about "The rule of law".
    It is high time that America practices what it preaches - even
    the Republicans.

    It seems amazing to me that President Clinton was impeached for
    lying about a private, consensual act - and President Bush
    is allowed to break the law and violate the Constitution
    with impunity.

    Please show America and the world that our legislative branch has not
    become a rubber stamp for the misguided, illegal and unconstitutional
    behavior of President Bush.  Help bring back the balance of power that
    our country's founding fathers built into the Constitution, and
    support Senator Feingold's resolution censuring the President.

  •  Love You! (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for fighting!

    Madelyn

    It's about holding the tyrant and his accomplices accountable.- Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights, 03/01/06.

    by scamp on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:14:03 PM PST

  •  What leadership after 9/11? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oaktown Girl

    I disagree that I felt any leadership was exercised after 9/11. Bush went into a school room to read  "My Pet Goat" to school children AFTER learning about the first plane that hit the World Trade Center when he should have been leading  our military's attempts to locate and neutralize other suspcious airplanes. Could a real leader have prevented other terrorist plane attacks on that day?

    Several days after 9/11, he did have his cheerleader moment at Ground Zero (all was safe there). His leadership consisted of telling Amerians to continue shopping and visiting tourist sites, not conserve on oil or question why Saudi Arabian citizens deem us enemies.

    I have seen no example of leadership from this President. It was embarassing how he didn't even understand the election process during the 2000 election. He kept walking out and saying he had been elected multiple times. Had his brother not been governor of Florida and so dishonest as to thwart the attempts of thousands of voters, what a different world!  

  •  emailing your Senator (2+ / 0-)
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    SarahLee, Oaktown Girl

    I just emailed by two Senators the following:

    It is my strong desire as one your voting constituents that you support Senator Russell Feingoldâ€TMs Resolution to Censure George W. Bush for openly violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

    This is not a question of politics, it is a question of law and of accountability to the law. If the Senate does not pass the Resolution to Censure George W. Bush, a fundamental bedrock of the American republic â€" that ours is a government of laws and not of men â€" will have been shattered, â€oechanging our way of life” and â€oerestricting our freedoms.” It will then be clear that the terrorists have won. (quotes from Remarks by President George W. Bush In Photo Opportunity with the National Security Team The Cabinet Room, September 12, 2001).

    I remind you, sir, that you swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. This sacred obligation, Senator, makes you my personal bulwark against the unfortunate and misguided actions of this President, as described in the Resolution to Censure George W. Bush.

    I would like a response from you or your office within the next 48 hours as to whether you will fulfill this sacred obligation or not.

    END email to Senators

    Unfortunatley, since the anthrax scare, snail mail to your Senator or Congressman can take almost two weeks to reach their office. However, every Senator or Congressman now has a web site, that usually includes a standard form that you can use to email the Senator. You should bookmark these forms for your browsers "Favorites." For the Commonwealth of Virginia, the web forms for the two Senators are:

    http://warner.senate.gov/...

    http://allen.senate.gov/...

    Feel free to copy my message in whole or in part.

    Is private credit the friend and patron of industry? -- The Federalist Papers, No. 15, Alexander Hamilton

    by NBBooks on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:31:52 PM PST

  •  Go Russ Go! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oaktown Girl

    In Texas, it will be nearly impossible to get our senators' support, but we will be on the phone with them in the morning.

    Thank you, Senator Feingold, for your leadership.  The democrats should use this opportunity to join you and do the right thing and show us where they stand against this corrupt administration.

  •  thanks russ (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oaktown Girl

    you are a true patriot and i know what that word means.  thank you for leading this attempt.  you are our best chance in congress to hold back the tyranny of an administration out of control.  shut down the senate and don't stop.

    how many miles per gallon does your bike get?

    by onenoiseleft on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 08:48:49 PM PST

  •  Bottom line is lawbreaking (0+ / 0-)

    We are a government of laws and not men.  The President broke the law.  Mr. Feingold is pointing out that truism and it makes people feel uncomfortable.  Tough.  No one relishes saying the President broke the law, but he did and yet what has happened?  Nothing.  If we don't attack the illegal behavior now it will only embolden the law breakers to continue and escalate their crimes.  Attack! Attack! Attack!  

    I hope Democrats, and Republicans for that matter - I know Republicans who are disgusted by the syping -chuck political polls and reelection concerns and simply do the right thing.  Assert their Constitutional duties before it is too late.  

    I recall Congressman Hyde saying he had a Constitutional duty to impeach President Clinton for lying about getting a blowjob.  It seems to me the Constitutional duties in the current circumstances are over far graver issues and yet we hear silence from the right - and possibly the left.  And who will pay?  All of us.  

  •  Good Hunting n/t (0+ / 0-)

    n/t

    When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?' -Don Marquis

    by illustriousyank on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:12:23 PM PST

  •  Thank You! (0+ / 0-)

    Add my voice and support from Alaska!  Sent my e-mail's off!

    Thank You!

  •  We've got your back. (0+ / 0-)

    You're a hero and a patriot.  We've got your back.  Whether the clowns in Congress do...  well they like playing hard to get, I guess.

    Point-blank: I wish Bill Frist would stop being an accessory to Bush's bid to destroy the Constitution.  That jerk is getting really annoying.

    But YOU, Senator Feingold, are doing a great job.  Keep up the good work!

  •  Thank you for your courage and determination! (0+ / 0-)

    I watched your speech and was very pleased that there was one Democrat who would do this. The opposition was just ridiculous as always. But I believe you acted with great dignity and conviction. You have earned tremendous respect and you have mine.

    I firmly believe that Bush should be impeached as should Cheney and Rumsfeld for all of their crimes. If their acts go without any censure our country has lost a great deal and may never recover from the loss, I fear. So thank you very much for stepping forward today.

  •  Weak-kneed Democrats...again. (0+ / 0-)

    I would like to see Feingold take this to the floor and see which Democrats will stand with him.  I am aware that this is not a "politicall strategic" move and that it may alienate the swing voters and cause the Democrats to lose the election.

    But there has been enough pussy-footing around and Democrats need to find out whether there just going to do what is necessary to try and win an election (any election) or stand for something worth fighting for in terms of real liberal values.

    Force the Democrats to take a stand - so what if you lose an election (or two or three) at least you would have stood for something.

    •  Excellent Idea. (0+ / 0-)

      When will the party leadership get it?  The grass roots Democrats in this country are begging for the party to take a stand.  A PRINCIPLED STAND.  Playing it safe is a recipe for failure. Again.

      The rank and file Rethugs in the country gravitate to strong leadership, regardless of how incompetent that leadership may be. (BUSH-REAGAN-NIXON).  So why can't the Democrats show some strong leadership?  Couple this with the ideas that Democrats have for solving all the Republican messes and you will see a mandate what a real mandate is come Nov 2006 and Nov 2008.

      It's also time to start comparing LOUDLY the failures of the Bush admin with the successes of the Clinton administration.  Both had a Republican congress.  But despite the constant lack of cooperation, we had peace and prosperity.  With Repukes controlling all branches plus the judiciary, they have created a mess.  Time to start drawing attention to that.  And while we are at it let's start bringing up LOUDLY the ineptitude in Bush ignoring all the warnings and allowing 9-11 to happen.  Same with Iraq. Same with Katrina.  Its his M.O. Dereliction of duty yields disaster.  This from the Disaster President.

      So a heartfelt THANK YOU Senator Feingold. Let's jumpstart our Democratic Senators and Reps to get in line behind this.  We need this attention to educate those who are now beginning to have a problem with Herr Bush.

      Let's start pushing!

      "What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?" - Elvis Costello

      by Calisher on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:56:25 PM PST

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  •  Preponderance of the Evidence (0+ / 0-)

    convinces the impartial observer that these people are "trading for their own accounts", and not doing the jobs they swore, and are paid, to do.

    Nothing less than immediate removal or resignation will suffice.

    If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State...

    by HenryDavid on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:41:16 PM PST

  •  The fact that he CONFESSED to it, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    American in Kathmandu

    and announces he INTENDS to go on breaking the law, has DOUBLY raised the stakes on the necessity for us to respond, purely to protect the Constitution.

    ACQUIESCENCE has its consequences in law.

    Is it true that most "citizens" of our nation do not recognize when their Constitution is being stolen out from under them?

    Thoreau answers that dodge, in "Civil Disobedience", for those who do.

    "It is not so important that many should be as good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump."

    If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State...

    by HenryDavid on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:48:15 PM PST

  •  I am hoping for a war crimes tribunal (0+ / 0-)

    but this is a start. Thank you!

  •  I support you (0+ / 0-)

    Please Senator Feingold, convince your fellow Democrats in Congress to sign on.  Only by showing unity on this very important issue will you penetrate the media filter and show that this is not some "crazy partisan" issue, as the Republicans try to make it out to be.

    This is truly your moment of courage.

  •  blowjobs vs. 4th amendment (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DeadB0y

    well we can see what some people in government find important, shoring up their base rather than upholding the constitution.

    Thank you Senator.  When people start showing up with torches and pitchforks, I'm sure your office will be spared.

    The moral and self-righteous think nothing bad will happen to them, especially at the hands of their own government.

    by Yankee in exile on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 01:23:49 AM PST

  •  Dear Senator Feingold: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    vetfordean

    It is simply not fair that Wisconsonites get you all to themselves.  The rest of us deserve the chance to vote for someone who so deserves our votes.  I'm afraid I must insist on my privilege to do so; when may we expect your announcement for 2008?

    Of course, we are not entirely unsympathetic to some trepidation regarding running for president.  We would be accepting of any configuration led by you and Mssrs. Gore and Clark, in whichever government positions best suit each of you.  

    Let us know of any way we can bring this about for the good of the nation.

    Most sincerely,

    A constituent at heart

    a snarky letter, but 100% heartfelt.  i would never speak so haughtily towards a senator, or at least not one i like.  and I &hearts Russ!

    speak out to Save Our Public Lands - the deadline is March 30.

    by Cedwyn on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 01:38:43 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for standing for our constitutional republic.

    Thank you for standing for the rights and liberties of everyday ordinary citizens.

    Thank you for standing for wiretapping suspected terrorists within the confines of law.

    Thank you for having the courage to step into the void that is leadership in the Democratic Party.

    It would be a miracle if even a majority of your Democratic Senate colleagues joined you...

  •  Thank you Senator (0+ / 0-)

    for all you are doing for our country

  •  You have given us a voice. (0+ / 0-)

    And said everything I've wanted to say for so long now, and more. With dignity and great intelligence. Thank you.

  •  Good For you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    Keep the pressure on the bastard.

    JP
    HTTP://JURASSICPORK.BLOGSPOT.COM

    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 04:40:56 AM PST

  •  Strange: No Feedback Heard From Dem Senators (0+ / 0-)

    On TV last night and on NPR (FM radio) this morning, the feedback from other senators was limited to strictly Republican feedback, mainly Frist and Sessions.

    What is going on here?

    Do the Democratic senators really have no comments about the censure?

    Does the big media really intend to continue to cover up all the comments and support from the Democrats?

    Which one is it??

    I am going to call the two NJ senators Lautenberg and Menendez what their position is on the censure for warrantless wiretapping, and why their position is not being heard on big media.

    It stinks of a media coverup of the supporters of the censure.

    I find it very hard to believe that the entire rest of the Senate actually support illegal wiretapping and have no balls to speak out and support a just censure.

    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson

    by mrcoder on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 04:49:39 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for all you do.  You really have shown that Democrats could offer a clear alternative.

    I have contacted my senators (CT) to support your resolution.

    Thank you so much!

  •  Mr. Independence (0+ / 0-)

    You embody the spirit that made America great. That in part explains why the US is not so great today; there are far to few individuals like you. I want to salute you for opposing the bombing of Serbia, pushing the Clinton impeachment hearings forward, creating McCain-Feingold Bill, opposing Bush 1 in the first Gulf War, opposing NAFTA, supporting the invasion of Afghanistan, opposing the PATRIOT Act, opposing the Gulf War II, and now this. Your record is fantastic! I know of no one else who is so consistent in voting for independence. I will jump on your campaign and work my tail off to see you move forward. Wish I lived in Wisconsin. Great job, yesterday I was proud to be an American.

    The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements. - Senator James W. Fulbright

    by american pastoral on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 05:22:49 AM PST

  •  We support you (0+ / 0-)

    It must be tough living and working in the dyed-in-the-wool establishment of Washington, and it must be even tougher to buck the trend and tell the truth.  Just remember that there are a LOT of people outside Washington who don't think in doublespeak and who are pissed about what's going on.  You're just about the only person representing us.  Thank you.

  •  Thank you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    You're framing the issue perfectly, and making us all very proud to be Americans again.

  •  Senator Feingold, (0+ / 0-)

    I applaud you for taking a stand for what is right! Please do not back down from this. It's pathetic that the other democrats in Congress don't have the courage to do what is right for the people.

    When this goes in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, make a big point that the Republicans would not let AG Gonzales testify under oath! Who goes in front of the SJC without taking an oath to tell the truth??? (This is a serious question...how often does this happen?)

    I hope you keep going on CNN - with Lou Dobbs, with Wolf Blitzer, with Jack Cafferty, with Larry King, with Anderson Cooper. Don't give up! Do what the Repubs do...take it and run with it and talk it to death until the people of this country get really angry. You saw what happened when the country got angry over the Dubai deal - and you saw what the repubs did after it hit the MSM!

  •  Senator, You do Wisconsin proud. (0+ / 0-)

    Keep on. Even if you stand alone on that Hill you have the best and the brightest behind you.

    A society of sheep must beget in time a government of wolves. Bertrand de Jouvenel

    by Little Red Hen on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 06:27:41 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    May your number increase!

    "Cold hearted orb that rules the night, removes the color from our sight... but we decide which is right -- and which IS an illusion" The Moody Blues

    by spinarama on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 06:32:44 AM PST

  •  Thank-you Senator Feingold... (0+ / 0-)

    You are the only politician that I have any confidence in.  I am very happy that you are my senator and I will gladly support your run for the White House.  Stand your ground and don't give an inch.  You have the truth on your side.  I keep hoping that today is the day that our country awakens from the nightmare that is this republican administration.  You give me that hope.

  •  From the Land of Minutemen, Thank You Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I drive by Lexington and Concord every day to work, and your actions speak just as loudly as theirs did two centuries ago.  

    You quote Patrick Henry;  one day patriots will quote Russ Feingold.

  •  thank you, Russ! (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Feingold, you are truly an American Patriot.  Our forefathers and mothers would be proud.  Thank you for keeping the hope alive that our democracy is not completely moribund.  I look forward to supporting you in 2008!

    When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross. -- Sinclair Lewis

    by jtc on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 07:37:25 AM PST

  •  MY Husband and I watched yesterday (0+ / 0-)

    and my hubby looked at me and said "he should be president".

    It was almost laughable to see Frist with his  clown costume on trying to mimic you and get a heads up.

    You did us proud. We love ya!

  •  So, Where can we get a non-PDF copy (0+ / 0-)

    of the Resolution?

    I reserve the right to revise and extend my remarks in Sozadee CA.

    by The Messenger on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 08:02:31 AM PST

  •  Diversion? (0+ / 0-)

    Tens of thousands of dead Human beings is a diversion??  What in the hell has happened to people in the US government that they would even think this way?

    Fine, censure Bush, I`m all for it.  But why not try him for war crimes?  Oh wait, I know, because Democrats have also always played the Empire Game too.  Can`t go there, can we?

    Goddammit, I`m absolutely sick of killing innocent human beings for no reason being called "diversions" or "collateral damage" or "moving away from the war on terror".

    "Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization." - Eugene Debs

    by Smyslov on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 08:22:34 AM PST

  •  Need answers, not just attacks (0+ / 0-)

    I think Dubya clearly deserves censure, and also life in prison.

    I think it's clear that the Republicans have given up on Dubya as a human being but are clinging to the carcass of the Dubya racketeering syndicate for career reasons.

    But I find the general tone of discussion here troubling because I think it assumes as a given that we're powerless to effect real change in government, and because we're powerless we don't have to consider about compromises or even to think about Republican members of Congress as if they were human beings.

    I guess this is a side effect of the damage the Bush Rovies have done to our political system. They have trafficked in vicious nihilism for so long that it a little of it has rubbed off on us.

    But I think this is the scene in the movie when the scientists tell us global warming is clearly going to drown our coastlines, disrupt agriculture and end human civilization as we know it if we don't do something. This is the scene in which the Harrison Ford character on the bad guys' side overcomes his cynical detachment and decides to mobilize the bad guys to help the good guys save the world.

    Punishing Dubya is a worthy goal, but, to some extent, he's already a censured man walking. He has lost his mojo.

    What I think is more important is somehow to give the Harrison Fords in the Republican ranks the right mixture of ideas, criticism and support to mobilize them to help us save the world -- even if that means they get to play little games to protect their egos and maintain the illusion that they're still loyal Dubya supporters.

    Maybe somehow this censure campaign is a necessary strategic step on the path to fighting global warming, but I think we should keep in mind that the ultimate goal has to be to cope with the medium-term threat of global warming, and to deal with the other threats that could wipe us out or cause needless suffering in the short term.

  •  Thank you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I'm grateful for your courage on this and other issues. It's refreshing, and sadly, all too rare.

    I've just contacted both of my Senators from New Jersey.

    Please visit me at www.billcamarda.com/weblog.htm

    by bcamarda on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 10:21:38 AM PST

  •  Something to consider (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't read all the posts so maybe this has been discussed:  what about the idea, as talked about on KO last night, that as a political move this is not in the Democrats' best interests?  This may, supposedly, turn off some voters as an "attack" on the President. So most Dems will not support the resolution.

    (For the record I believe censure is totally warranted and see most Dems as simply spineless).  Any truth to this?

    •  For sure, but I'll sum it up. (0+ / 0-)

      It is in their best interests.  A vote on censure keeps the illegal wiretapping in the news, forces republicans to back a massively unpopular president in an election year, and begins to show Democratic leadership on security issues and individual rights.

      Not voting for censure is a loser for any dem.  They'll continue to refuse to differentiate themselves from the ruling party, and the bad numbers for congress as a whole (not just Republicans) will continue and plague dems as November closes in.

  •  Dear Mediocre Democratic Politicians (0+ / 0-)

    pissing your pants to see so much support for Senator Feingold and so much contempt for the likes of you: Don't you wish you had the guts to stand up for something important? Well, it's not too late to crawl out of the petri dish of moral ambiguity, rair back on your wobbly hind legs, and make some noise!

    The impeachment of Bush will be the major redeeming act of this cowardly congress.

    It's in your and your party's interest to support Feingold now, in order to advance the cause of justice.

    Believe it, the impeachment of Bush will restore America's respect not only in the first world but in the streets of the Middle East.

    Impeachment is a step toward global peace.  

    Crazy talk? Think about it.  

    "Hey, Sarge, what do I do with this bunch of surrendering Republicans?"

    by omfreebogart on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 10:23:27 AM PST

  •  Thank You Senators Feingold and Kerry (0+ / 0-)

    many green, yellow, blue and now purple dogs are a majority.

    by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 10:35:42 AM PST

  •  A Hero Among Us: Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you, Senator Feingold, for the example of courage and for the inspiring act of standing up for the Constitution, for the People, and for the truth.

    You, Sir, are our leader now.

  •  Like Water in the Desert... (0+ / 0-)

    You have offered the Democratic Wing and Every Single Real Democrat a chance to slake h/her thirst for political principle, over a matter of fundamental citizen importance, and for a clear differentiation between Democrats and Republicans. After so so many disappointments over the last decade, and after one of our few champions died in the snow, this for me, too, is a defining moment. You have led the Democratic Party to the Pool, but will the "kick ass democrats" dare to drink? Thank you for being you.

    Bush Republicans: Co-Conspirators in an On-Going Criminal Enterprise

    by vetfordean on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 11:30:51 AM PST

  •  RAW: Senate Democratic Offices are Fuming (0+ / 0-)
    •  I'm now pissed at Russ (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      souldrift

      He should have gotten some broad support from his fellow Senators before going public.
      I'm really pissed.

      •  Oh, stop it (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        milofischi

        How much more time do these "Senators" need to know whether or not they'd like to censure the President?  This is a cop out by the spineless weasels who still claim they are Democrats.   You're an opposition party.  Act like it.

        •  I admire Feingold's speaking truth to power (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          NYFM

          At the same time, if he really didn't coordinate this it's a PR mismanagement issue on Russ' part.  Think about it, you know Karl Rove wouldn't have let Bush step out on a limb without being prepared--they play for keeps, our guys should too.

          •  This is not a new issue (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            souldrift

            And this should have been no surprise to anyone that Feingold was going to do this.  The main question here should be, "Why weren't the Democrats ready to act on this?"  Conyers and Feingold have talked about this for some time now.  If Reid and the rest of them were unprepared, then I guess it's just business as usual and let's just bring back McAuliffe and Daschle.

            •  You do have a point (0+ / 0-)

              At the same time, there's a difference between an awareness of the misdeeds you're fed up with and submitting a censure motion about them.  He should have worked with the team.. still, his fellow members should be backing him up on it anyway.

        •  actually, you're a PARTY... Act like it. nt (0+ / 0-)
          •  Yes, and every party needs true leaders (0+ / 0-)

            The current "leaders" of the Democratic Party know that a full-scale support of Censure would empower Sen. Feingold within the party.  Heaven forbid someone who doesn't rely upon corporate and institutional support would rise to their level of influence.  Instead, they cower away and horde the little power Dems have left.  Pathetic.

  •  right on (0+ / 0-)

    Right on Senator Feingold -- and sorry to clutter the thread without adding anything except one more set of hands clapping, but -- right on!

  •  Where is Howard Dean? (0+ / 0-)

    Can't somebocy control these weak-kneed Democrats?  I can't stand saying no to Democratic fund-raising calls, because everyone uses it as proof that Howard Dean can't do a good job -- but I will keep saying no as long as the Democratic Party continues to stand for bullshit!  Is Russ Feingold the only one with any testosterone!  

  •  Everyone call your Senators NOW (202)224-3121 (0+ / 0-)

    Everyone call their Senators and demand a censure of the president for blatantly and defiantly continuing to break the law and demand that he stop the illegal wiretaps.

  •  Thank you Senator, (0+ / 0-)

    and my 20.01 is on it's way to you as a reward.

    -5.13,-5.63 IMPEACH...IMPEACH...IMPEACH...

    by rickeagle on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 12:54:09 PM PST

  •  never again ...right (0+ / 0-)

    seems history repeats till someone wakes up and musters the real patriots and the people who really have ethics to speak out .Thanks for your leadership,Sen.Feingold

  •  Feingold for President (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for all you do Senator

    When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. - Sinclair Lewis

    by taserTodd on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 01:58:05 PM PST

  •  McClellan Vs. Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    Dear Senator-

    Thank you.
    At the White House press briefing,
    Scotty was asked about the Censure.
    He basically pitted it as a case of
    supporting the war, or supporting
    censure....
    All Democrats need to support Sen.Feingold
    on this measure, to finish the crack in
    the Republican facade/charade.

    If you run in 2008, I would volunteer to
    work on your campaign.

    Thank you again.

    Peace.

    K.L.Murphy

  •  Senator Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    People have a right to be wrong on their own terms.

    i have a great amount of respect for your values.

    i have very little respect for you on how you treat your fellow dems.

    they, RESPECTFULLY, disagree.  right or wrong.  that's their right.  wether you like it or not.

    you and repugs have that one thing in common.

    they characterize dems they disagree with as cowards.

    you DO THE SAME DAMN THING!!!!

    people you disagree with have a right to be wrong.

    I THINK THEIR WRONG.

    but i also think you're wrong when you call people you disagree with cowards.

  •  I can not believe what a bunch of sissies (0+ / 0-)

    the Democrats are for not supporting you! It is sickening.

    Think about it. Don't these seem like the same folks that told
    Kerry to "play it safe" during his bid for Prez.

    What else can we do to help Mr. Feingold.

    I support you like crazy!

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 02:53:15 PM PST

  •  Feingold's Post (0+ / 0-)
    What follows are some comments on various statements contained in Feingold's post. They follow roughly the order of appearance in that post.

    I lived on the West Coast on September 11. When I woke up that morning one plane had already hit the World Trade Center, and so it was already not an ordinary day. The problem with empty generalities is that they are often wrong.

    I am sorry that Senator Feingold is proud to have stood with George Bush in those days, particularly since George Bush did not appear publicly for quite some time after the WTC attack, and showed very little leadership then, or ever.

    Because politics were put aside we have now the Iraq war and a dictatorially minded administration that poses a serious threat to the long term structural stability of the US government.

    That the country was united simply means that many people were too afraid to speak their minds, something which should never be celebrated. In any case, it is not at all clear why national unity is a desirable goal. The Democrats have failed for a long time because they declined to confront and criticize the Republicans (who have never acted with `unity' as a motivation, except the sort of unity obtained by domination). It is a shame that the concept of a political party in `opposition' is alien to US politics.

    The `fight against terrorism' is an Orwellian platitude and should be cast out of our discourse. The actions characterized as 'terrorism' are so many, and have so many distinct causes (what have the Earth Liberation Front and Al Qaida in common?) that to lump them altogether and to call for an endless struggle against them - where does this lead concretely? The politicians are fond of saying that the fight against terrorism begins at home, and in this they are not all wrong. George Bush is a terrorist. His administration is directly responsible for the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis.

    Is the problem with the Iraq war just that it is a `diversion from the critical fight against terrorism'? Here we see clearly what is wrong with the mentality in Congress.

    If there is a `right to privacy' in the antiquated US Constitution, then it should certainly not be limited to `innocent Americans', but extended also to non-citizens and to guilty persons. Anything else would mean that it would be not a `right' and that it would be immoral.

    As Feingold points out Congress approved the Patriot Act. The first time the approval was nearly unanimous, and the debate nearly zero. All this just goes to show - the Democrats also are to blame for what the current US government has done. Iraqi blood is also on their hands.

    What is ridiculous about Feingold's post and Feingold's censure motion is that if Feingold has it so clear that Bush broke the law, then Feingold should be clamoring for impeachment, not for censure, whether or not either censure or impeachment is realistic.

    What the Democrats never seem to understand is that without some unrealistic clamoring the ground work is never laid for realistic efforts at opposition. The impeachment of Clinton was prepared by the Republicans, as was the Iraq war. The ridiculous charade of Colin Powell in front of the UN was an indispensable element in converting an obvious untruth (e.g. Saddam Hussein responsible for WTC) into something believable to many. The Republicans understand well that when lies are repeated over and over again they become believable. Imagine how  well the same process works when what is being repeated is at least partly true.

    That Feingold found no support even for his resolution for censure only shows again what has been evident for decades - that the Democrats are incompetent, and not all that different from Republicans, except in that they lack completely a coherent agenda and an idea of their own.

  •  Russ Feingold for President in 2008 (0+ / 0-)

    To put it simply, Senator, you inspire me the same way Howard Dean inspired me back in 2003.  We need you in the White House.  Badly.

    Go, Russ, Go!

    •  Here, here. (0+ / 0-)

      Russ Feingold seems to be the only senator willing to take a stand for the majority of the country. A majority that wants to bring back honesty and accountability to Washington.

      Feingold is Batman! Go Russ!

  •  Melissa like the Patriot Act. (0+ / 0-)

    USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act - Vote Passed (280-138, 14 Not Voting)

    The House gave final approval to this companion bill to the PATRIOT Act reauthorization that includes several provisions intended to resolve privacy concerns.

    Rep. Melissa Bean voted YES.....

  •  GAO HAS EXCELLENT REPORT (0+ / 0-)

    It will back up anything you say, fiscally speaking.
    Good for policy matters, too.
    Hope you read this.

    GAO DAVID M WALKER COMPTROLLER OF THE USA

    Non-partisan analysis of America's fiscal future.

    If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

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