Rep. Virginia Foxx (R.-N.C.) just finished speaking on the House floor about Sen. Russ Feingold’s resolution to censure President Bush. I could be mistaken, but it appears congressional Republicans are as giddy as children on Christmas morning about Feingold’s stunt.
Here’s the text of Foxx’s one-minute floor speech:
Mr. Speaker, in their rush to be against everything that President Bush is for, Democrats have once again given us reason to question their timing and judgment. A resolution has been introduced in the Senate to censure the President for ordering the National Security Agency to intercept communications of suspected al Qaeda members or related terrorist groups.
Apparently, this offends some Democrats so much that they seek to scold the President in the midst of the War on Terror. To them, I ask: How would you monitor terrorist operatives who move to this country, blend in and wait to strike? Do you think they hang a shingle on their front door reading "terrorist in waiting?"
The NSA program is one that provides the speed and agility that is needed as we fight this new kind of war. We must adapt because in this day and age, terrorists move faster than any court possibly can. A span of just a few hours could make the difference between life and death.
Mr. Speaker, we are not questioning the Democrats’ patriotism as they so often charge; we are however questioning their poor judgment. They are unwise in opposing what is clearly a vital tool against terrorist organizations and in allowing a censure resolution on the Senate floor which could damage the President as he fights this War on Terror.