Russ Feingold has announced that he plans to submit a resolution censuring President Bush for authorizing surveillance without the warrants required under FISA, for not briefing the full Intelligence Committee on the program as required by law, and for misleading the American people about it. I agree with Reddhedd:
"It's a gutsy move, not without risk in the polarized environment that is Washington these days and with the hatchet squad that Rove and his ilk generally deploy when their actions are questioned, so you have to hand it to Sen. Feingold for having the guts to raise the censure issue -- not just in the privacy of his office or at home, but right there on national television for all the world to hear.
So, what am I asking you to do? Something small by comparison, but if enough of us do this, it could start a little snowball rolling down the hill. By the time it reaches bottom, who knows how big it will have gotten -- but I sure like the sound of the word avalanche, so I say we get it going.
Your action steps: call both your Senators first thing in the morning and ask if they support Russ Feingold's censure proposal. If they don't, ask what their position is on the issue -- and why.
The more people we have calling, the more staffers in the offices start to realize that Feingold struck a political chord with a bunch of us in America. And then the more we continue to call, the more that message starts to sink in...and then some. Plus, it forces Senators to go on the record one way or the other, which is useful information for all of us to have."
You can find your Senators' phone numbers here. Call and ask whether they support Feingold's resolution. It's important for those of us who think that a President should not be able to violate the law with impunity to make our voices heard.