10.14.2010

"I am deeply worried about an America without Russ Feingold as Senator. "

A friend wrote this on his Facebook wall last night.

I couldn't disagree more.

I am deeply worried about an America where the New York Times presumptuously tells the people of Wisconsin how to vote (and especially one where Wisconsinites submit and comply).

I'm deeply worried about an America where a multi-term public official feels entitled to his seat (and especially one where supporters agree the incumbent is sacrosanct).

I'm deeply worried about an America where just because a politician claims to be a maverick and points to a few things, he's allowed to obscure the reality that he's situated well to the left on the American political spectrum when it comes to most issues and he helps to maintain a Democratic majority.

I'm deeply worried about an America where Russ Feingold's legislative efforts to stifle free and open political discourse in election periods hold sway.

I'm deeply worried about an America where a man like Ron Johnson is impliedly dismissed as a legitimate option for U.S. Senate because he has managed to acquire wealth by running a business.

I'm deeply worried about an America where the New York Times insults the people of Wisconsin by attributing their growing conservatism solely to "misinformation and simplistic solutions propounded by talk radio and the Republican Party" - this while the incumbent administration and congress have done and failed to do a host of things that were likely to provoke a groundswell response.

I'm deeply worried about an America where a major newspaper and a prominent elected official believe that our staggering long term debt and entitlement crises will be solved by creating a new entitlement and voting for an even larger version of the failed spend-money-we-don't-have stimulus.