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Why You Should Vote for Russ Feingold (Part 1)

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Let's go back to just after 9/11. Everyone was scared. Everyone was nervous. It wasn't helping, of course, that Fox News was suggesting terrorists might attack us with dynamite-laced cows and the such.

So the Republicans in Congress decide the best way to deal with this is to pass the PATRIOT Act. See, the only way to keep us safe is to take away our freedom of privacy as much as possible and make it a lot easier for our government to spy on us. They used scare tactics and told us terrorists were everywhere and when it came time to vote, the PATRIOT Act pass with near-unanimous consent!

With the exception of one guy. That's right: Russ Feingold was the only senator to vote against the PATRIOT Act. Why? Because it was a blatant infringement upon our freedoms. It made it easier to abuse citizens. No, there's nothing more American than using fear to cram new laws down the throats of the people that make it easier to spy on each other.

Why did Russ Feingold vote against it? Because he actually read the law. Which apparently is a big deal in Washington, where senators regularly vote for laws they don't even bother to read. Feingold understood then (just as he understands now) that fighting terrorism doesn't require a broad madate for the government to intrude upon our private lives. Click here to read his response.

You think Ron Johnson would ever vote against a law like this and protect your civil liberties? Really? The guy who won't stake out a position on anything (except health care) because he's afraid of public backlash?

Or do you think Russ Feingold, the Rhodes Scholar with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, will protect your civil liberties better?

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