Feingold: Time to censure Bush

Liberal Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold said Sunday he wants Congress to censure President Bush for his management of the Iraq war and his “assault” against the Constitution.

But Feingold’s own party leader in the Senate showed little interest in the idea. An attempt in 2006 by Feingold to censure Bush over the warrantless spying program attracted only three co-sponsors.

Feingold, a prominent war critic, said he soon plans to offer two censure resolutions — measures that would amount to a formal condemnation of the Republican president.

The first would seek to reprimand Bush for, as Feingold described it, getting the nation into war without adequate military preparation and for issuing misleading public statements. The resolution also would cite Vice President Dick Cheney and perhaps other administration officials.

The second measure would seek to censure Bush for what the Democrat called a continuous assault against the rule of law through such efforts as the warrantless surveillance program against suspected terrorists, Feingold said. It would also ask for a reprimand of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and maybe others.

“This is an opportunity for people to say, let’s at least reflect on the record that something terrible has happened here,” said Feingold, D-Wis. “This administration has weakened America in a way that is frightful.”

At the White House, spokesman Trey Bohn said, “We realize that Senator Feingold does not care much for the president’s policies.”

Bohn said Bush wants to work with Feingold and other Democrats on such matters as supporting U.S. troops, improving energy choices and securing health care and tax cuts for families. “Perhaps after calls for censure and more investigations, Congress may turn to such things,” Bohn said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Feingold’s proposals showed the nation’s frustration. But Reid said he would not go along with them and said the Senate needs to focus on finishing spending bills on defense and homeland security.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Reid said. “The president already has the mark of the American people — he’s the worst president we ever had. I don’t think we need a censure resolution in the Senate to prove that.”

As for the Senate’s top Republican, “I think it’s safe to say Russ Feingold is not a fan of George Bush. I think that’s the best way to sum that up,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Feingold spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Reid appeared on “Face the Nation” on CBS, while McConnell was on “Late Edition” on CNN.

Comments

  1. erika morgan

    Whatever keeps up the pressure is a good idea. I hope that our democrats in Congress begin to speak to truth with their colleges from across the aisle in their many social settings; to convince them to come over to the side of reason and reality, and away from the fear delusion that we must engage in war in Iraq to keep terrorists away from America.

  2. gene

    (Seal) above..your first statement is right on the mark and from what I have read within the last several months strongly suggest this nation is CLOSE to…as you said “stressed to the point where they can’t maintain the american dream”.

    I’m not going to start listing all the reasons why (in one of my lazy moods), I will suggest however that the next 6 months should be very interesting.

    I personally am not looking forward to all the chaos that will (more than likely) occur because of this global financial scam. Joe public is fixing to receive the “sucker punch” from hell.

  3. SEAL

    I have always said they american people won’t do anything until they are stressed to the point where they can’t maintain the american standard of living. So far they have been able to do that by refinancing over and over, mortgaging themselves into the future so far they will never be able to recover. Apparently they just figure they will die and that will cancel the debts.

    The other day I heard the average person was spending one-third of their income on fuel for their cars. The value of the dollar continues to decline but wages don’t increase. The availability of adequate paying jobs are decreasing. Workers are being let go from good jobs that have been shipped overseas to find the only job available for them pays much less.

    Considering the above, it shouldn’t be much longer before they are forced to get involved. I think the creditors are out of new gimicks to keep them going. I do think the people have waited too long to get mad and we are facing some serious depression. I don’t see how any president and congress can fix the damage at this point.