All too often, those who proclaim to have strong principles regarding free speech or domestic spying or torture when “the other guy” is in power abandon those concerns when it’s their own party’s turn at the helm.
Not Russ Feingold. He’s the rare person of conviction who stood alone and heroically voted against the Patriot Act when every other member of the Senate voted “aye.” If you want to know what political courage looks like, read what Russ said on the floor of the Senate before casting the only “nay” in a 98-1 vote.
In the wake of 9/11, that took guts. What’s more, Russ’s principles don’t change just because there’s a new resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
But he’s is in a tough battle. He’s trailing his well-funded opponent by a wide margin. If Russ loses, while party bosses on both sides of the aisle can conspire to keep Joe Lieberman in the Senate, it sends a message to every member of Congress that there is no popular support for those who put themselves on the line in defense of our first amendment rights.
Our country can’t afford for Russ Feingold to lose this election.
Please donate $5 or more to Russ Feingold and fight for our civil liberties. It’s critical we keep his voice in the Senate.
Feingold voted against TARP under Bush, and he voted against it again under Obama. So he can’t call on the fat cat bankers to fund his race like so many others can.
There’s only one yardstick, and Russ applies it to everyone.
Feingold’s opponent, Ron Johnson, has more “flexible” principles. He’s a millionaire installed by the party chieftans over the objections of local activists. When Wisconsin activists asked Johnson whether he supported the Patriot Act, he said “I wasn’t overly concerned with George Bush in power. I’m a little more concerned about the Patriot Act when you have Barack Obama.”
Johnson, like Joe Lieberman, is no fan of free speech either. Lieberman famously said that “in matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril.” Likewise, Johnson said that Feingold was “undermining our troops” by speaking out against the war in Afghanistan, and that it was “extremely harmful to our nation.”
Russ needs your help.
Russ Feingold is the best defense of civil liberties in the Senate. His defeat would be an enormous blow to the tenuous wall holding back things like biometric ID programs that Joe Lieberman’s Department of Homeland Security is simply salivating over. And if Russ goes, Lieberman could well be casting the deciding vote in the Senate for the next two years. And don’t think he doesn’t know it.
The time is coming when Americans will have to decide: do we stand and fight for our right to privacy and individual freedom, or do we capitulate to the continued erosion of our civil liberties?
If you choose “fight,” then join me in fighting for Russ Feingold.