Tuesday, March 14, 2006

To Censure or Not to Censure

For one Senator that is an easy question to answer. Yesterday, Senator and Presidential hopeful, Russ Feingold started the process of a Senate censure and now the Senate Judiciary Committee will look into formally condemning President Bush’s domestic spying program.
Feingold said Bush broke the law and violated the Constitution when he authorized the National Security Agency to conduct a warrantless wiretapping program as part of the war on terrorism.

"Congress must respond," Feingold said Monday on the Senate floor. "A formal censure by Congress is an appropriate and responsible first step to assure the public that when the president thinks he can violate the law without consequences, Congress has the will to hold him accountable." (From Forbes)

Sadly, Democratic leaders in the Senate are maneuvering away from a debate on the issue in attempts not to alienate “swing voters”. The most brazen line of the day has so far been Joe Lieberman, Senator from Connecticut, who said he had not read it and wasn't inclined simply to scold the president.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, attempted to capitalize on the fact that Democrats are shying away from the fight and attempted to call an immediate floor vote on the censure.

This is another story of one Democrat doing the right thing and the rest running away.


At 10:44 AM, Blogger Right Of Texas said...

This Censuring was a bad move for Feingold..it's not even being receieved well within his own party.

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

Looking at the polling data from Kos it looks like the public supports it.

At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Demosthenes said...

I don’t care if the polls, Hillary Clinton AND Santa Claus are all against a censure of the President – we’re never going to get anywhere if somebody isn’t willing to show some guts! If Russ Feingold decides to run for President, I’ll be supporting him for this act alone.

What? Because Howard Dean got edged out for the ‘04 nomination, having some guts and being willing to speak your mind is now considered a losing strategy? Horse hockey! You’re never going to win big, if you don’t take some risk – no guts; no glory.

I want a leader who is going to LEAD, not just jump in front of a crowd that seems to be going in some direction or another. That’s why we’ve been getting our hindquarters whupped; we’re all acting like sheep, huddled in a flock, hoping that the big bad wolf isn’t going to be too hungry tonight.

You tell it, Russ!!


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