Monday, March 13, 2006

Censure

Right now I'm watching Senator Russ Feingold from Wisconson introduce a resolution on the floor of the Senate to censure President Bush for authorizing illegal warrantless spying on Americans as part of his so-call "war on terror." The president's actions violated the 1978 FISA law explicitly requiring a warrant for any such surviellance. Bush, assuming the powers of a king, simply decided, with no foundation, to ignore the law.

A very strong argument can be made that impeachment is the appropriate remedy for what Mr. Bush has done. According to polls, about half of the American people agree. In classic afraid-of-their-own shadows, though, the Democrats in Congress won't touch it.

Censure, then, could be seen as a compromise -- a chance to strongly rebuke the president for his actions and make a statement that even after 9/11 the US is still a nation of laws, but without taking the nation through the trauma of an impeachment.

GOP senators are right now trying to wreck Feingold's flow. Frist of Tennessee is trying to take time away from Russ, while Specter of Pennsylvania is demanding to see a copy of the resolution before Russ speaks. Feiny is having none of it. He's speaking his peace. He's acting like a member of Congress -- something in shockingly short supply these days among both Democrats and Republicans.

The disturbing thing is that most Democrats are afraid to support even this half-measure. Think about that: they are afraid to make a statement that the president broke the law and his actions were not acceptable. What are they afraid of? Half of Americans agree that his actions were wrong. It's just a statement of how you feel. When you're afraid of how you feel about an issue of significant importance, you're useless as a so-called representative. You should resign. Even worse, if you don't think what Bush did is wrong, well...

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