MoveOn is mobilizing to stand behind Russ on the censure of the Resident. They're aiming for 250,000 signatures. Off the top of my head, it seems like they got a million signatures against Alito. I'd hope we could at least match that. In any case, let's all do what we can to circulate this message:
Update 15 Feb 15:00:
Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday, Senator Russ Feingold introduced a resolution to censure President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping American citizens.
Censuring a sitting president is serious business. But when the president misleads the public and Congress while willfully and repeatedly breaking the law, there must be consequences—that's how the law works for everybody else.
While most politicians sat back and weighed the political pros and cons of holding the president accountable, Senator Feingold stuck his neck out and did it. Now it's up to us to show broad public support. Can you sign our petition asking Congress to join the call for censure?
Right now it's unclear how many of Senator Feingold's colleagues will stand with him in this important fight. If we can reach 250,000 signatures, we'll deliver your comments to your senators this week to demonstrate widespread public support censuring the president for breaking the law. We'll also send a copy of the complete petition to Senator Feingold to show our support for his courage.
President Bush already had the authority to wiretap suspected terrorists—he could even wiretap first and get warrants 3 days later. But he chose to get no warrants at all, clearly violating the law set up to protect innocent Americans and then he misled the Congress and the public about his program.1
Censuring the president means Congress officially acknowledges that the president broke the law and condemns him for doing it. Given the scale of the president's problem, it's a very reasonable first step to holding him accountable. This is a key moment for Congress to show that they're serious about checks and balances.
Our country was founded on the idea that everyone—even the president— has to follow the law. Supporting censure is the best opportunity we've got to keep that ideal alive. Can you sign our petition today?
Thanks for all you do,
–Eli, Nita, Tom, Adam, Joan and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
Update 15 Feb 15:00:
"Since yesterday afternoon, when we launched the petition, over 200,000 of us signed up to support Senator Feingold's call to censure President Bush for his illegal wiretapping. Thousands more are signing by the minute..."