Okay, I don't know what is going on, but I had like 12 visitors yesterday because of those US Senate Sergeant at Arms posts. And obviously 12 visitors is not that many, and I'm writing things in a public forum, so I should probably not be so confused by visitors, but 12 is seriously, honestly, three times my average daily visitors.
Anyway! In order to both pander to people who've found this blog by searching "feingold" and to inform those of you who found this blog some other way, I would like to announce the inauguration of what I'm calling "Feingold Fridays." I'll give you one example of why Russ Feingold is awesome, you will listen and learn and then vote for him when he's up for reelection in 2010. And if you're not from Wisconsin, well, I am sorry for you. How long will Feingold Fridays last, you ask? Until I run out of ways that he is awesome (so never) or until I tire of it (possibly next week).
Okay, today we're going to start slow with an example from Russ's Senate website, feingold.senate.gov.
I am very proud of Senator Feingold's consistently strong support for civil rights. He was the only US Senator who voted against the USA Patriot Act, he is fighting to end racial profiling, he opposes the death penalty, and he is committed to protecting privacy. That last point is perhaps most pertinent now, as Senator Feingold leads the fight to prevent warrantless wiretapping. According to his website--
"As the Senate resumes consideration of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s FISA bill, Senator Feingold will continue to oppose any FISA legislation that does not adequately protect the privacy of innocent Americans or contains immunity for telecommunications companies that allegedly participated in the President’s illegal warrantless wiretapping program. He also plans to offer a series of amendments to help fix the deeply flawed bill."
Awesome, right? Also! You heard about how Feingold introduced a motion to censure the president over warrantless wiretapping, right? How awesome is that? Again from his website--
"It has come to light in recent months that the President authorized the National Security Agency to wiretap Americans on American soil without obtaining the necessary court orders. The President must be held accountable for authorizing a program that clearly violates the law and then misleading the country about its existence and its legality. Congress should censure the President in order to uphold the constitutional principle of the separation of powers and the rule of law."
If you want more information on Feingold's resolution to censure the president and his opposition to the illegal wiretapping program, it's all on his website. I'll end here, as this is getting long, and I am getting hungry. I'll go eat lunch; you go read more about how awesome Senator Feingold is. Next time on Feingold Fridays, I will try to find better adjectives than "awesome."