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50 Blogs for Feingold Action Team
“It's time to stand up - not to cheer, but to fight back.”
--Senator Russ Feingold, On Executive Power. (Daily Kos, 2006-02-02)

Thursday, March 23, 2006 Write Letter Supporting Feingold's Censure Resolution

Today's E-Mail from MoveOn:

Dear MoveOn member,

Senator Feingold's resolution to censure President Bush for breaking the law is resonating with Americans across the country. With more than 400,000 of us signed onto the petition urging them to support his resolution, Congress is faced with apowerful call for accountability.

In response, the Republican National Committee is already on the attack, running ads accusing Senator Feingold of being "more interested in censuring the President than protecting our freedom."1 They can't defend President Bush's lawbreaking, so they're trying to intimidate dissent by changing the subject.

We need to demonsrate that we're behind Senator Feingold so the media knows how many of us support holding the president accountable for breaking the law. Can you take a moment to write a letter to the editor of your local paper? Our tool makes it easy, all you have to do is click below:

This is a critical week because the media and politicians are still forming their opinions on the censure resolution. The opinion pages are the most popular pages in the newspaper, and if thousands of us write, we can help shape popular opinion and make sure the Republican attacks don't stick.

As Senator Feingold said yesterday, "The President has broken the law, and the censure resolution I introduced is intended to hold him accountable. Nobody says that we shouldn't be monitoring suspected terrorists. Of course we should, and we can under current law." 2 This isn't about whether we track terrorists, it's about whether the Republican controlled Congress thinks the president is above the law.

Here are some points to help you with your letter.
  • This isn't about terrorism, it's about accountability. The president already had the authority to wiretap suspected al Qaeda terrorists and get a warrant days later. But he went around the court set up to prevent abuses and protect innocent Americans—a court that approves virtually all of the wiretapping requests it receives. When the president breaks the law, he must be held accountable.
  • Censure is a reasonable first step to holding the president accountable. Even Republicans have acknowledged that the president broke the law3 and now they're discussing plans to retroactively make his program legal.4

    This isn't about partisan politics, it's about the rule of law. If Congress doesn't support censuring the president, they're saying it's OK for the president—any president—to break the law.

  • All of Congress should be standing with Senator Feingold to protect the rule of law. Senator Feingold is standing up to the Bush administration's attack on our Constitution, and he shouldn't be fighting alone.

This is a crucial moment for Congress. They must hold the president accountable and preserve their role as a check on the power of the presidency—America is watching to make sure they do.

Republicans know the president broke the law, and they know just how serious this issue is. That's why they're desperately trying to change the subject to terrorism when this is really about whether they're serious about accountability. They're in dangerous waters. Now is the time to turn up the heat. Can you take a few minutes to write one today?

Thanks for all you do,
–Eli, Nita, Tom, Adam and the Political Action Team

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

1. "RNC Releases New Radio Ad Entitled 'Censure'," Republican National Committee, March 21, 2006

2. "GOP to air ad criticizing Feingold for censure proposal," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 20, 2006

3. "FACT: Members of Both Parties Believe Bush Broke the Law," Thinkprogress, January 23, 2006

4. "GOP senators propose NSA spying bill," CNN, March 8, 2006