by John Hawkins | March 14, 2006 3:04 pm
The Democrats have been putting politics ahead of national security for roughly four years now, but it looks like Russ Feingold’s partisan and ridiculous attempt to call for the President to be censured has finally been judged by Republicans up on the Hill as going beyond all bounds of decency.
Here we have George Bush authorizing wiretaps of international calls between terrorists and Americans and we have Democrats who think this is a bad thing. Sure, nobody questions that Bush can fire a missile at these terrorists without asking for anyone’s permission, but they’re all upset that he’s listening in on their phone calls. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?
To the Democrats, it doesn’t even matter that Bush’s actions were completely legal and have probably saved a lot of American lives:
Negroponte replied that the NSA program has been “effective and important … in dealing with the terrorist threat,” and then asked his deputy, Hayden, to elaborate.
Hayden said the intelligence community had “learned information from this program that would not otherwise have been available,” and that it has “helped detect and prevent terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.”
None of this matters to liberals like Feingold because politics comes before the safety and security of the American people to them. But, on the upside, Feingold’s ludicrous censure resolution has inspired Republicans in the Senate to start firing back.
Here’s Jack Kingston:
“The fact that the Senate Democratic Leadership has failed to call this stunt what it is – political grandstanding – is outrageous. Senator Feingold’s actions reaffirm that the Democratic Party is more interested in playing politics than coming up with their own ideas.
“Do Democrats have another way to monitor surveillance on communications with al-Qaeda? Do Democrats have a better way to protect Americans from another terrorist attack?”
“Of course they don’t, that’s why Democrats are always willing to heckle the starting quarterback from the cheap seats but they are never willing to get in the game themselves.
“Not one Democrat has offered an amendment or a bill to repeal this important national security program. They like to harp about it at Democrat fund raisers and at red meat partisan clubs but when it comes to actually trying to stop it they don’t have the guts. Once you get past their left wing rhetoric, even their own members know this is a vital program.”
Here’s Tom Tancredo (received via email from Kingston’s office):
“I thought the Democrats’ national security agenda couldn’t get any whackier, but they’ve outdone themselves once again. Russ Feingold and the Democrat base want an immediate troop withdrawal in Iraq and an end to monitoring terrorists’ calls into the U.S. What’s next, creating a Department of Radical Islamic Understanding? Feingold should at least be consistent and censure the Democrats who for months were briefed on the terrorist surveillance program and didn’t raise an objection.”
Here’s John Cornyn:
Democrat co-sponsors of Feingold Resolution: 0
al Qaeda communications intercepted by Feingold Resolution: 0
Terror attacks prevented by Feingold Resolution: 0
Also, according to Drudge, Frist plans to try to force a vote on the censure resolution:
“Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist plans to push Democrats for a vote of censure against President Bush!
After facing down Senator Russ Feingold’s censure bill on Monday and seeing Democrats of all ranks fold, Frist thinks it’s time to call Democrats on their antics, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
“He pushed them to the mat today, and they blinked,” said one Frist associate. “He dared them to vote, and Democrat Leader Harry Reid looked like he was going to be sick as he said ‘No.”’
Hey, you liberal weenies, don’t sing it, bring it. Let’s have a vote, right there in the Senate, and we’ll see who’s serious about America’s security and who’d rather cater to the wackos at the Democratic Underground and the Kos crowd. America deserves to know where the Senate stands on this issue, so, by all means, let’s have a vote!
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