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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-03-14 01:00
  Subject:   [MeFi] Sen. Russ Feingold pushes resolution for Censure of Bush.
Mr. President, when the President of the United States breaks the law, he must be held accountable. That is why today I am introducing a resolution to censure President George W. Bush. The President authorized an illegal program to spy on American citizens on American soil, and then misled Congress and the public about the existence and legality of that program. It is up to this body to reaffirm the rule of law by condemning the President’s actions. All of us in this body took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and bear true allegiance to the same. Fulfilling that oath requires us to speak clearly and forcefully when the President violates the law. This resolution allows us to send a clear message that the President’s conduct was wrong. And we must do that. The President’s actions demand a formal judgment from Congress.



Just getting the @#$%ing morons in Congress to do anything at all besides licking up Bush & Co's lies sure would be nice, even if it is purely symbolic. Plus, we get to throw some hurt down on the people who have been propping up Bush. Like the 29 senate "Democrats" who voted for the invasion of Iraq. (Fortunately, no senator yet has voted to allow Bush the power to illegally wiretap without the permission of the FISA courts. Though some Republican senators have proposed a bill that would make it explicitly legal.)

The more I watch of this (very good) speech and maneuver, the more I realize that its audience is other Democrats moreso than Bush, Frist, or the usual suspects. This is all about calling on Congressional Dems to decide whether they're for the rule of law and standing up to incompetence and fear-mongering, or whether Dems are going to offer yet another "stay the course" candidate in 2008.

This is going to hurt Clinton, Biden, and Kerry more than anyone else. Because it illustrates how spineless they've been since 9/11. Good.

(I mean, what's not to like? Most of what Feingold is doing is quoting Bush himself, along with Gonzales. Well done.)


Nobody in Congress will have an excuse after this. You either voted to tell Bush that shredding the constitution is wrong, or you had the chance but decided against it.

If you have a minute today or tomorrow, call Ken Salazar and explain to him why you support censuring Bush for his illegal wire-tapping. I'd like to see him vote the right way on this one. And call Wayne Allard and do the same, even if it won't do any good.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-03-15 02:04 (UTC)
  Subject:   Also, if you want, sign MoveOn.org's censure resolution.

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osmium_ocelot: Konoko
  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2006-03-15 03:11 (UTC)
  Subject:   This _sounds_ good...
... but all it really is, is more partisan politics.

Feingold is only pretending to have a sack and some backbone so he can try and "solidify" a "democratic base" in the delusional belief that the democrats have any chance whatsoever of taking any number of seats in any government position. If he had any sack, and believed at all in the oath of office that he took, he (and all other representatives in the senate and the house) would have stood up and Impeached our tinhorn dictator of a President long ago. Then they would have given Dick Cheney a royal one finger salute and actually run the government and gotten some real business done. Instead, we get an interstate transportation bill with several _thousand_ pork barrel projects attached. We get a bunch of sackless, backboneless fucktards that roll over for anything the executive does, no matter how egregious; until they think they can take advantage of it for their own political ends.

This attempt at a censure is (like the entire state of affairs in Washington) a bad joke.

Or maybe I'm just a cynic.

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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-03-15 06:41 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
This attempt at a censure is (like the entire state of affairs in Washington) a bad joke.

Even pretending that they have some kind of backbone would be an improvement for the Democrats at this point. :P

I spare no particular love for the cowardly bastards, but they're the only ones who have a chance in hell at doing anything even remotely effective against Bush.
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Alex Belits: abi-station
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-03-15 08:30 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I am not even sure, hijacking which party (organized joining in large numbers with a goal to change the party program into something that it's not) would be more effective at this point.

Not that I have any idea, what group would be able to pull it off, but I certainly don't expect to see a viable third party as a saner alternative.
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