Like all Americans, I woke up on the morning of September 11th, 2001 as though it was simply another day. The horrific events that unfolded made it anything but, and our lives were changed forever. In the days after 9/11, I was proud to stand with the President in strong support of the authorization to use force against those who attacked us. During those days our President showed great leadership. Politics were put aside, the country pulled together and for a brief time we were united.
In the four-plus years since, everything changed. The President exploited the climate of anxiety, misusing the trust he was given in the wake of the attacks on 9/11 to, among other things, grab intrusive powers in the Patriot Act, and take us into a war in Iraq that has been a diversion from the critical fight against terrorism...
Read the rest of Senator Feingold's diary here
It does my heart a lot of good to see at least one senator is willing to stand up and fight for the constitution. Many law makers have been scared shitless by a president with a 37% approval rating. Feingold ain't one of them. He voted against the patriot act when Bush has a 70+% approval rating. He never cower to the fear mongering that has become bush's policies. The man has cojones. If he ever ran for president come 2008, he can count on my vote.