Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Democrats fold on Patriot Act

Russ Feingold is dissapointed with his party (Salon link -- reg. or daypass required).
It took a long time for Democrats to step up and challenge the administration's baseless assertions that the Patriot Act could not be changed without threatening the security of the American people. When we finally did so, when we decided to make the case that we can fight terrorism and protect our American principles at the same time, it looked like Democrats were finally ready to stand on principle and offer strong leadership.

Instead, too many Democrats have folded, and momentum for critical changes to the Patriot Act to protect our freedoms has been squandered. Some Democrats may be breathing sighs of relief that the president can't use this issue to paint them as "soft" on terrorism. But we're not doing the party or the country any favors by refusing to challenge an administration that views our freedoms as collateral damage in the war on terrorism. If Democrats aren't going to stand up to an executive who disdains the other branches of government and doesn't worry about trampling on the rights of innocent Americans, what do we stand for?
If the Democrats keep this up, even the current wave of anti-incumbent fervor won't be enough to sweep them into any legislative majorities. Their natural supporters have all but given up hope...

(via a Medley furling)

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