I was so aghast at what I was seeing, namely almost all of the democrats voting YES with the republicans, to end debate on the Patriot Act. I thought perhaps I misunderstood what this vote was for, but after double checking with my senator's office, I was assured that this vote WILL end debate and then send the bill up for a yes or no vote.
So much to my dismay, and unfortunately for America, the democrats are voting to cut off debate. And at this point I have no sense whether or not many democrats will vote YES or NO in the final vote.
It really bothers me to see a good man like Feingold, left all to himself to argue passionately for a chance to modify this horrible Patriot Act. The changes that were made to the Patriot Act were insubstantial in terms of its final version and how it will adversely affect civil rights in America. I just do not understand why the democrats do not want to argue for more substantial changes. Where is the third party when you need one?