Note to moronic Democratic senators: Americans can't stand George Bush
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This post first appeared at the Huffington Post and is reprinted here with permission.
The Republicans are unbearable. They break the law, lie, spin, spend, invade, torture and give away our money to lobbyists. So, I'm trying my best to not disparage the Democrats, since they're our only hope left.
I don't want to perpetuate the image of them as soft, feckless and spineless. I am worried to death that will turn off some voters and have them vote for Republicans who are driving this country over a cliff instead. But the Democrats sometimes make it impossible to not criticize them.
Senator Russ Feingold wants to introduce a resolution to censure the President for breaking the FISA statute. There is no question that the President has done this -- he admits it. The law clearly states that you must have a court order to spy on Americans. The President says he doesn't need one and won't get one. It is brazen law breaking.
The cowardly Republicans talked a big game about holding the President accountable and then buckled instantly. The big talkers like Chuck Hagel and Olympia Snowe and Mike DeWine all threatened to keep the President in check. Then they turned around and not only voted to make sure this is not investigated but went further to try to make the illegal actions legal in retrospect. The way they put their party above their country sickens me.
These are the same guys who had the nerve to try to impeach Bill Clinton because of their "respect for the rule of law." Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.
But on the other hand, the Democrats refuse to be outcowarded. In the face of overwhelming facts -- on their side for the love of God -- they will not back their fellow Senator in pressing forward with a censure.
This is not an impeachment. This is not to throw the guy out of office. This is something that is obvious -- and absolutely necessary. The President says he is going to continue to spy on Americans WITHOUT getting a warrant. I have never seen a clearer violation of a federal law in my life. If the Senate doesn't censure him, he is rightfully going to believe that he is above the law. We are supposed to be a nation of laws, not men.
So, why oh why, would the opposition party not support this move to censure -- because they are worried about the effect it is going to have on centrist voters? Are you fucking nuts? George Bush is at 36%!!!!!!!! America can't stand him. They think he is incompetent, that he has blown Iraq and Katrina and Social Security and the budget and the economy. And you're worried that you are going to alienate centrist voters by coming out against him?
This is unjustifiable. Independent voters give the President a 27% approval rating -- that is stunningly low. It's hard to imagine that number being lower for any President at any time. What are you waiting for?!!!
Cenk Uygur is co-host of The Young Turks, the first liberal radio show to air nationwide.