Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act

It's time to show Sen. Russ Feingold some heart. He's the only one sticking out his neck and calling the Patriot Act renewal authoriztion bill for what it is: a bill that will not make us safer, only less free.

The Wisconsin Democrat is crusading against the bill, and he finds himself in a familiar place. He has almost no support - and some outright hostility - from his colleagues, just as he did after the Sept. 11 attacks, when he provided the sole vote against the original Patriot Act, just as he did when he was one of the few clear voices against the war in Iraq, and just as he did when he was first in the Senate to call for a reduction in U.S. troops there. As he surveys the debate, Feingold sounds dismayed by fellow Democrats who have given up opposing the bill as an invasion of civil rights.

"If Democrats can't stand up on something like this when the president's poll numbers are 34 percent, I just wonder how much right we have to govern this country," Feingold said in an interview Tuesday. "You've got to show people you believe in something, not just that you're gaming the issues."

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    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 11:04:44 PM EST
    He has my vote for President in '08. The only sane one in the bunch. Regarding the patriot act vote he says:
    "I cannot understand it. It doesn't make sense. I don't know how anyone can have voted for the filibuster in December, and then say that it's OK to vote for it this way now."
    I do not get it either. With Bush at 34%. What are the Dems thinking?

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 11:52:29 PM EST
    "Wait until he hits 5%!" "Wait until he hits 5%!" "That's when we'll make our move!" ... "Uh, whatever it is... gosh, maybe we better print up some flyers or summin." I agree with you on the vote for Feingold. I'll vote for anyone who stands a strong, principled stand against Bush. Maybe Hillary'll take some notes from Feingold. I'd like to be able to vote for her, but I just can't justify it at the moment.

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 01:34:25 AM EST
    Just to remind you, he has a senate site for comments and thanks and a campaign site for suggestions and contributions. It seems reasonable for those of us who are impressed with, or opposed to, the position that one of our representatives takes, benefit from putting our ideas, and if we feel so moved, our money, where our mouth is.

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 05:02:47 AM EST
    There are a ton of Russ '08 sites on the web as well. A good place to start is RussForPresident.com, they have been organizing meetups in the past few weeks. Glad he's my Senator!

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#5)
    by roy on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 06:55:46 AM EST
    Are you sure this post complies with political speech restrictions, er, campaign finance regulations? (This is a one-time snark, lest I jack the thread, but let's not pretend Feingold is freedom's golden boy.)

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#6)
    by TomK on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 07:48:17 AM EST
    Can I explain something about the way politics works to you people? There is a shadowy board of military industrial corporate elites that run both political parties after all. Neither of the parties stand for anything at all. Here is how politicians (republicans, and democrats) decide an issue. They receive a phone call from the kennedy assassination museum in john negroponte's voice "You will fillibuster the patriot act and then vote for it 6 weeks later." Then, a laser sight swoops across the politicians field of vision and the politician says "Yes my dark lord." The democrats will not save any of us. They are run by the same corporate elites that run the republican party. Every single politician in both parties is beholden to this entity. The only question elections ask is "Do you want corporate puppet one, who hates fags and women, or corporate puppet two, who likes them?" Then I say "But I don't want a corporate puppet." Then we read on talk left 2 days later "TomK was arrested on terrorist relatead drug charges after TIA indicated he was a credible security threat. Freedom loving people have already lost. Lets recap. Democrats are not actually different from republicans, in the same way that a manniquen wearing a blue hat is no different then a manniquen wearing a red cap. The same manniquens! Time to get me a skill set in scarce demand in amsterdam so I can get me the hell out of this country.

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#7)
    by aw on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 08:21:25 AM EST
    For what it's worth, I sent messages to both my senators urging them to stand with Feingold.

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#8)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 08:24:54 AM EST
    HOW CAN WE SUPPORT FEINGOLD for his outstanding bravery? Can you please UPDATE this post, and invite people to take a particular action in support of Feingold? Thanks

    Re: Feingold Stands Alone on Patriot Act (none / 0) (#9)
    by Che's Lounge on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 08:30:23 AM EST
    My info has it that he voted for the impeachment of Clinton and voted in favor of John Ashcroft's appoinment. He's also got marriage issues. Is that an issue for me? That doesn't matter. What matters is what Karl Rove will do with it. I'm guessing Fiengold will be "Naderized" quite effectively by Karl, with a little help from the DNC. Oh, I'm sorry. Does that surprise anyone that Karl Rove and the DNC have the same agenda? Well good mornin amerika how are ya?