While I do not think censuring Bush & Cheney goes nearly far enough, I do appreciate that my favorite Senator, Russ Feingold, is at least doing something about these criminals.
(I still wish he was running for President.)
From Progressive Patriots Fund:
Hold The Administration Accountable
Millions of Americans agree that the time has come to demand accountability from the President and his administration.
The two censure resolutions that Senator Feingold proposed will hold the President, Vice President, and the administration responsible for the destructive path down which they've taken our country.
The White House can no longer be allowed to shred the constitution, and thumb their nose at the American people.
Over the recent months and years, we've learned that this President, and his administration, have used mistruths, spin, lofty-rhetoric, hyped-up intelligence reports, and scare tactics to drag this country into a war that can only be described as the worst foreign policy mistake in our nation's history.
In addition, the administration, in an attempt to justify this mistake, has repeatedly distorted the situation on the ground in Iraq.
And the President continues to keep our country bogged down in Iraq – in a civil war that has no military solution and actually hurts America's ability to fight those who attacked us on September 11th, 2001.
What's equally dangerous is the blatant disregard President Bush has had for the rule of law on which our country was founded.
Future generations must understand that at a time in our nation's history when the very foundation of our government was threatened, Congress was not silent.
Regardless of whether you are for or against the impeachment of the President, Vice President, and other administration officials, Senator Feingold's censure resolution is a powerful way to hold this administration accountable.
Congress needs to stand up and condemn this administration for their actions.
Americans are demanding accountability and censure is a step in that direction.
It's time for the President and his administration to return to the law.
The focus of Senator Feingold's first censure resolution intends to condemn the President, Vice President, and the administration for getting the United States into the Iraq war under false pretenses. Possibly including:
The assertion that Iraq was linked to al-Qaeda;
The claim that Iraq harbored weapons of mass destruction that threatened the U.S.;
The knowingly false declaration in the 2003 State of the Union Address that Saddam Hussein tried to purchase yellow-cake uranium from Niger;
Insufficient war planning;
The failure to protect troops and preserve the military;
Fiscal mismanagement of the war.
The focus of Senator Feingold’s second censure resolution will likely focus on the Bush Administration’s relentless refusal to abide by the rule of law. Possibly including:
The implementation of the illegal, domestic wiretapping program and for misleading
The American people regarding the legality of the warrentless program;
The use of military commissions;
The politicization of the U.S. Attorney scandal;
The refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas
Senator Feingold is seeking input from folks in Wisconsin and across the country on what should be in these final resolutions. You can let him know that you're on board with his demand for accountability, and give him feedback, here: http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/input.html.
Senator Feingold seems to be a great Senator , I just don't think the Censure Resolutions are going to do much.
The Senator knows what everyone wants and that's impeachment, but I guess he already knows that it's a battle that cannot be won unless there were more Democrats in the Senate.
At least it would tell the people of the future that we tried to stop the SOBs
Feingold is the absolute best person we have in this country to run for president. A Gore/Feingold ticket is my dream ticket.
Like you say, it doesn't go far enough (nowhere near) but at least it's a small step.
Who Hijacked Our Country
Do you think more than three Senators will support him this time? I would sure hope so... He is the only Senate Democrat who currently seems to have any spine.
LT, I don't think a censure resolution would do much either, but at least there would be a historical record that this President is out of control.
PoP, I agree. Gore/Feingold or Feingold/Gore would be like a dream come true.
Tom, Yep, it's not enough.
Snave, I think he'll get more than 3, but not much more. : (
Call me a grumpy old frog, but seems to me that censure is for when you know that your chamber has become irrelevant.
I hope the Dems can spin the next 544 days so that the voters will remember that they have been making efforts to do the will of the people and what they were put into office to do, but that they are being thwarted at every turn either by not having enough members in the Senate or by the administration.
The Senate isn't irrelevant, but Bush and Cheney want to make them at least SEEM irrelevant, if not outright suspend their activities.
I guess theres just to many people who would rather see this administration leave office without being held to account, and that just doesn't cut it with me.
Essentially if there not judged in office (rather then in public life) they'll essentially get away with a clean slate.
Its better to attack the politician then it is to attack a failed legacy.
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