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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

They stood up and cheered

Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) ripped aWol and many of his Congressional colleagues in a speech yesterday. Excerpts:
The President was blunt. He said that he had authorized the NSA's domestic spying program, and he made a number of misleading arguments to defend himself. His words got rousing applause from Republicans, and even some Democrats.

The President was blunt, so I will be blunt: This program is breaking the law, and this President is breaking the law. Not only that, he is misleading the American people in his efforts to justify this program.

How is that worthy of applause? Since when do we celebrate our commander in chief for violating our most basic freedoms, and misleading the American people in the process? When did we start to stand up and cheer for breaking the law? In that moment at the State of the Union, I felt ashamed.
And what's particularly disturbing is how many members of Congress have responded. They stood up and cheered. They stood up and cheered.
Just like the Politburo and the Reichstag used to do.