Russell Feingold is not running for president.
Unlike Joseph Lieberman, he is a mensch.
I want to take this morning’s post for a moment to discuss
what we expect the senate to do. What do the members stand for and what will they stand for?
Will the Republicans follow their own base instincts? Yes, and not one of them now in the senate voted against the military commissions act of
20072006 — the act of abominations.
Why do I bring up Joe Lieberman? Because he is emblematic of what we face, a then-democrat he also voted for this monstrous war crime.
Why did Joe vote for torture? People have a lot of reasons they do things, but they come back to a fundamental question of whose interests they serve. Joe is accused of being the senator from Israel. It’s an unfair accusation, and assumes as well that Israel speaks with one voice. If America were held to the same standard it would be the tyrant’s voice the world would hear.
We have many voices, every country and nation. We have those within our number who pervert our desires for peace and turn it to warfare. Why do they do this?
Of course, as soon as I begin to explore the landscape of what motivates others, it becomes self-analysis very quickly, as it should. So I can only really speak to what thoughts are imaginable, conceivable to me.
Hubris is a possibility. Maybe Joe Lieberman sees this as his ticket to the presidency somehow?
At least for now, we know that Russ Feingold is not seeking the presidency. He is trying to preserve what is left of our nation before the tyrant destroys it and turns us into a banana republic.
Russ Feingold is the conscience of the senate.