Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Senator Russell Feingold, Wings of Justice Honoree

When the Patriot Act first came up for a vote in the United States Senate four years ago, Wisconsin Democrat Russell Feingold was the lone Senator to vote against it. That took courage.

Feingold knew that the Patriot Act, which was written by the administration and shoved down the throats of the Congress, was less about fighting terrorism and more about the expansion of White House imperial powers. It was, and still is, truly an UnPatriotic Act. That is why Feingold has accused Bush of taking away the privacy and freedoms of the American people and acting like a king.

On Friday, December 16, Feingold led a coalition of Democrats and Republicans in filibustering a renewal of the UnPatriot Act, because it included onerous violations of our rights. The lone dissenting voice had become a chorus of patriots who value the Constitution.

As the BuzzFlash reader who nominated Feingold noted in a letter to the Senator, "Ben Franklin stated: 'They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.' If he were alive today, he would be standing shoulder to shoulder with you and would be proud of you, Sir."

Russell Feingold, BuzzFlash and our readers thank you and honor you with this week's BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award."

Addendum: In regards to Bush's illegal and police state spying on Americans, Feingold stated that he believes that Bush made up a law that was never passed. In short, he was acting illegally.

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Nominated by Mary MacElveen of Maryland

LINK: We could not agree more!
 
Makes us wonder what Feingold knew that no one else did, at the time.

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