In 2001, when my Senator Russ Feingold did not stand in the way of the Ashcroft nomination for Attorney General, I exercised my right to be disenchanted with him, to criticize his naivete, to oppose him at every turn unless and until he found a way to redeem himself in my eyes. I have contributed no money to him, I have responded openly and negatively to every questionnaire and survey his office has provided, and I have told his staff that he lost my vote when he voted for Ashcroft.
I am not the only one to have given him this kind of feedback. We are looking for ethical leadership, a leader with principles. I'll support Feingold for national office and I'll oppose any Democrat who doesn't support him and his censure motion. The line is drawn in the sand. There is no real hope for a Democratic Party resurgence because that party is so hopelessly corrupt and tied to the new American fascism, albeit in a different way from the Republicans. But there is hope that the people can begin to turn this big ship of state before it is beached on the sands of economic ruin, or worse. There is hope that we can return to clarity regarding government and community, that we can understand anew why we organize a government for public good, and who has the public good in mind.
Respect Russ Feingold. And you might want to catch the clip of Feingold and Jon Stewart at One Good Move.