Feingold for President - Minnesota

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Who else has put themselves on the line?


I am sitting here noticing that there is no Feingold news lately but the thing that strikes me is that no one else has had the courage to call this president to account. All the other prospective candidates are quiet as mice waiting and watching while good men die and our rights are trampled.

The only item today from a democrat is about Hilary fund raising and that she is not polling so well. Unfortunantly she and other supposed candidates are too worried about the future race to actually defend our rights right now. I just don't believe that any of these candidates have a record to encourage us to believe that they would scale back the executive branch.

Kerry -god love him- thinks that there should be a line item veto for the president. While it is a clever way to make the president responsible it smackes of brinkmanship that is too dangerous now. Kerry will stand up but he is rarely the leader in these movements.

Edwards will be likeable and has a good heart but has only served one term in the Senate. In the end I come back to Feingold.

Feingold has stayed effective within his office while getting important conversations started.

Conversations about human and civil rights.

Convesations about the legality of this President's actions.

Hilary could have been having these conversations but I think she is focusing on fundraising instead of her constituents. The only serious balking she had with this president was over the port deal. A tempest in a tea pot and of course the saddest thing about that episode was that it relied on fear. I think it is important to remember that the only issue that has united the republicans and the other candidates for president is the agreement that fear mongering is a valid political strategy. This means to me that we can expect more of the same fear mongering from the non progressive democrates. I guess the questions is at what price victory?

Issues of justice, peace, equality have been washed away by the idea that the use of fear and fundraising is the most effective motivation to the american people. If that is the path of the democratic party then they will win a meaningless victory.

It is not that republicans are intrinsically bad for the country. It is that their leadership is ethically challenged and cynical about the political process. Let's not make the same mistake. Russ Feingold for President.

2 Comments:

  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger Joel said…

    Congress took a recess so the D.C. news that would include Russ is in hiatus as he spends with his constituency. He did rate a mention in the Borneo Bulletin on Friday (I'm not making this up; see http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/fri/apr21w28.htm)

    More on point, see http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2006/04/21/news/z01feingold.txt
    to read what Russ is saying to folks back home. He says he will make a decision about running for President after the November elections. I
    n addition, there is the following from the LaCrosse paper:
    To win in 2006 and 2008, he said, his party needs to focus on two or three issues — he mentioned universal health coverage, increased funding for alternative fuel research and job retraining for laid-off workers — and “repeat them over and over, every candidate, every event.”
    What do you think about that as a mantra? I'd rather that the second mention conservation and the third mention income equality. Too dangerous, I guess.

    Joel

     
  • At 5:44 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said…

    I had lunch with Russ today and if there's one thing I walked away with aside from a feeling that he's a genuine person with strong values and principles, it is that he has the guts to stand up for his convictions.

     

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