Sunday, July 22, 2007

Censure Is Not The Way Forward

Russ Feingold has a diary up at Daily Kos today about why he opposes impeachment, and the two new censure proposals he is bringing forward as a way to address the various constitutional crimes of the Bush/Cheney administration.

I can often be a compromiser. Compromise is how legislation does get forward, so it's not an opposition based on that objection. What is offensive is treating torture, violation of the Geneva Conventions, habaes corpus, dismantling of the professional justice department for partisan purposes and the like as something that can be waived away with a strongly worded letter.

That is what censure if passed would accomplish. There would be no other actions. It would be the compromise position. Wiretapping without a court order? No biggy. You will get a letter in your permanent file.

If this congress lacks the moral constitution to defend the constitution, then don't bother. Writing a letter rebuking Bush may be "something", but it's actually worse than doing nothing.