9 thoughts on “Feingold “On the Issues”

  1. I took a couple good notes on that I’ve been meaning to post. While I have the chance:
    1. At about 11:00, Feingold articulates that while he is against war, he has no problem dropping a 500 pound bomb on the head of a terrorist, and that may be the best way to go after them.
    2. 45:00, term limits are a terrible idea.

    1. Jim, like I wrote over at your place, I’m surprised by Sen. Feingold’s comments on term limits, given that he ran his first U.S. Senate campaign promising to only seek two terms (if I recall correctly).

  2. The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress is :


    Don’t let anyone serve more than one term. Some of the reasons to do this:

    • It gives us a one-term-limited Congress without using amendments
    • It encourages ordinary citizens to run for Congress
    • It would be supported by 70% of the country who want term limits for Congress
    • It is completely nonpartisan
    • If repeated, it ends career politicians in Congress
    • It opens the way to a “citizen Congress”
    * It would open a torrent of fresh ideas to improve our government
    • It ends the seniority system that keeps freshmen powerless
    • It doesn’t cost money. But you MUST vote! Just don’t vote for an incumbent
    • It is the only guaranteed, infallible, unstoppable way to “Throw the Bums Out”
    • It takes effect immediately on Election Day
    • If it doesn’t work, do it again and again! It will work eventually


    nelson lee walker of tenurecorrupts.com
    send for your free NEVER REELECT bumper sticker

    1. And failing to reelect any incumbents would result in a tremendous loss of institutional memory, especially in the House of Representatives.

      Further, I’d love to hear you explain how not allowing any elected official to serve more than one term would encourage ordinary citizens to run for Congress. After all, I don’t know many “ordinary citizens” who could financially afford to run for Congress.

    2. There are so many reasons why this is a terrible idea. Private sector business doesn’t fire people after two years…because experience is a good thing.

  3. Zach

    “Institutional memory” is a highly overrated concept, especially
    relative to the danger we face with a virtually permanent Congress
    (95% reelection rate) which grows more arrogant over the years.

    In a country of over 300 million people, I’m certain that we will find
    many patriots who are willing and able to run (even for one term) when
    they find that professional career politicians have stopped running.
    They will be glad to run for one term if only to get a chance to vote for
    the constitutional amendment that Jim DeMint is fruitlessly proposing.

    1. Nelson, you didn’t answer my question. How are these patriots and ordinary citizens going to run for Congress, given how expensive a proposition that is? How many ordinary citizens do you know who can either self-fund or raise the hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars necessary to run a viable campaign?

  4. Zach

    I’ll bet that the future will hold lots of congressional district elections
    which will come about thru internet activity and donations alone, which does not
    require hundreds of thousands of dollars to win.

    And money is going to win fewer elections in the future.

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