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If you look at the whole flock of 535 congress critters, it’s hard not to giggle – or break out in uncontrollable sobs at the thought that – oh my God! – this is the United States Congress. As Peggy Lee sang years ago: “Is that all there is?”
Well, no – within the manure pile, there are quite a few genuine gems, and one of the finest is a fellow who consistently stands for common sense and the common good. He’s Russ Feingold, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.
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He’s a Democrat – but really he’s a populist maverick who has refused to go along to get along, even when that means going against his own party and against what the political consultants tell him is his own best interests. For example, he was the lone senate vote against the autocratic, liberty-busting Patriot Act in 2001. Feingold also had the stuff to vote against Obama’s escalation of the misguided war in Afghanistan, and not only did he oppose the 2008 bailout of Wall Street banksters, but he also said “no” this year to Obama’s Wall Street regulatory reforms, blasting them as too week and meek.
So, this sensible senator is now targeted for defeat by the moneyed elites. They’ve found a multimillionaire corporate Republican (who made a fortune in plastic) to use confused Tea Party forces as a ramrod to oust Russ. The corporate contender attacks Social Security as “a giant Ponzi scheme,” calls health care reform “the greatest assault on our freedom in my lifetime,” and insists that the science of global climate change is “unproven.” If this guy gets any dumber, we’d have to water him twice a day!
But he’s a rich corporate honcho, backed by the moneyed powers, so he could join the congressional manure pile – if We the People don’t rally around one of our own. Connect with Russ Feingold at www.russfeingold.org.
“Feingold faces unexpectedly tough race,” www.msnbc.com, July 6, 2010
“Filibusters for the Big Money,” The New York Times, July 12, 2010.
“Obama’s Awkward Speech: Not Quite Peace and Nowhere Near Prosperity,” www.thenation.com, August 31, 31, 2010.
“In Wisconsin, An Incumbent Holds On Tight,” The New York Times, September 1, 2010.0