Feingold just said ‘no’

A profile in courage: Russ Feingold, the only U.S. senator to vote against the Patriot Act, back when there was overwhelming pressure from the George W. Bush administration to crush civil liberties. A profile in political expediency: Barack Obama, who last year signed into law a four-year extension of the Patriot Act.

From Raw Story:

Civil liberties advocates have condemned the [Patriot Act] because it allows authorities to conduct surveillance without identifying the person or location to be wiretapped, permits surveillance of non-U.S. persons who are not affiliated with a terrorist group, and allows law enforcement to gain access to “any tangible thing” during terrorism investigations.

Let’s not forget who stood up for us, or who sold us out.

5 thoughts on “Feingold just said ‘no’

  1. Can’t you see the headline now “First Black President Refuses to Keep American’s Safe”. That the Patriot Act exists at all is the fault of the Democrats. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the fault of the Democrats. The fact that the banks got so big that they couldn’t fail is the fault of the Democrats. And so on. Obama had nothing to do with any of that crap. He has tried to minimize the damage, in his three years in office, that the Democrats and their Republican 1 percenter pals did long before he ever became the president. Isn’t it about time for everybody on the Left to stop being holier than thou when it comes to what Obama has and has not done since taking office?

  2. Feingold also just says “yes” to co-chairing Obama’s reelection campaign.

    How does he deal with the cognitive dissonance, between what he believes about civil liberties and Obama’s actions as president?

  3. Jawbone: He tells himself Obama is the lesser of two evils. It’s an arguable point. Not good enough to persuade me to vote for Obama, but arguable. The only other options are to not vote or to vote for someone who has no chance of winning.

  4. Alex, I’ll take “or to vote for someone who has no chance of winning” for $100, please.

    Just because I can no longer stand the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils. Because you still end up with evil.

    Of course, if you just wanted to rent evil for the short term, then of course you would vote for the lessor of two evils.

  5. Feingold is a raelist. That is, he’s someone living in the real world. He’s not a person wishing and hoping that things were different. Not voting or voting for a person who is sure to lose is an exercise in futility. That’s often referred to as a Don Quixote complex. You know the romantic who drove himself so crazy that he began attacking windmills. Put on your big boy or big girl pants on and vote for Obama so that the Republicans lose. That’ll be payoff enough.

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