March 13th, 2006


The Feingold Censure Resolution

93, all!

I grew up in America. You know -- where no man was above the law, and sometimes you had to do the right thing, even when it might hurt you at the ballot box. I'm serious about this, btw: President Lyndon Baines Johnson, not one of my favorite presidents, signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965*, and as he did so told press secretary Bill Moyers, "There goes the South for a generation." He was absolutely right, of course: the racist base, and with it the "solid South," deserted the Democrats for the Republicans, and have been providing the GOP's major support not only for a generation, but ever since.

Johnson knew the effect it would have, and he did it anyway. It was the right thing to do.

Senator Russ Feingold has introduced a measure in the United States Senate to censure the President for flagrant violations of the law: that is, for committing the sorts of "high crimes and misdemeanors" that, were there an actual U.S. Congress, would long since have seen to the removal of the cult that's captured the White House. I don't usually "get involved" -- blogging to forty people isn't "getting involved," and emailing your two U.S. Senators isn't much better.

But that I have done. I wrote:

Re: Feingold censure: SUPPORT

Dear Senator XXXXX:

I well understand our Party's distaste for Sen. Feingold's censure resolution. Alas, the Constitution sometimes has to trump party, and elections, and most everything else.

This President not only violates laws; he repudiates them as irrelevant to the conduct of his office. Censure is a pitiful enough option...but since it's apparently the only one we have, I urge you to support it.


I hope that those of you who remember the rule of law -- yes, including Republicans, most especially those who insisted that the rule of law was so paramount in their concerns that they wanted President Clinton impeached and removed from office -- will let your own two Senators know how you feel: Republicans or Democrats, I believe it's important they hear from you.

You can find your Senators here:

God bless America, and God save the Constitution of the United States.

93 93/93 -- AJ

* EDIT: I had originally typo'd "1964." Duh. :/