The Lady Speaks

Arlen goes tummy-up for Bush

Thanks Arlen. Jack Cafferty said you were our last hope, and now we see just what a faint hope it was that any Republican would stand up for the rights and freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution. Instead, yet again, you've proven that the only thing the Republican party stands for is greed and more greed. You and your kind have done precious little for anyone who isn't one of the wealthy elite.

Now, you're busy 'negotiating' with the BushCo to retroactively legalize the administration's illegal domestic spying.

From the Associated Press:

Bush and senior officials in his administration have said they did not think changes were needed to empower the National Security Agency to eavesdrop — without court approval — on communications between people in the U.S. and overseas when terrorism is suspected.

But Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and other critics contend the program skirted a 1978 law that required the government to get approval from a secretive federal court before Americans could be monitored.

[snip] 

“We’re getting close with the discussions with the White House, I think, to having the wiretapping issue submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,” Specter told “Fox New Sunday.”

The administration has asserted that a post-Sept. 11, 2001, congressional resolution approving the use of military force covered the surveillance of some domestic communications.

[snip]

“I’ve talked to ranking officials in the White House, and we’re close,” Specter said. “I’m not making any predictions until we have it all nailed down, but I think there is an inclination to have it submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and that would be a big step forward for the protection of constitutional rights and civil liberties.” [emphasis mine] 

Why don't you and the rest of the Rubber-Stamp Republicans just give up any pretense of being representing "the People"?
You and your collegues represent nothing, stand for nothing, and govern nothing. You have empowered an administration with all the earmarks of a monarchy — after nearly 230 years of democracy.

By 'negotiating' to make the administration follow a law they were supposed to be following already, you will give the President the power to do what he wants, when he wants, to whomever he wants, without having to go through that pesky "advise and consent of Congress" deal. 

Pretty soon, instead of just writing signing statements on the laws you and your cronies have passed, he'll just start writing the laws.

Congratulations, Arlen. You and your buddies in the Rubber-Stamp Republican Congress who are phasing out your own jobs. (You might want to read up on what happened to the German Reichstag in 1933 after they passed laws to "protect the homeland" – giving all their power away in the process.)

June 26, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Cheney, Congress, Constitution, Culture of Corruption, Domestic Spying, Government, Pennsylvania, Politics, Protest, Republicans, Specter, White House

2 Comments »

  1. When they think of “the people” they think of “themselves”…and the irony in that is like the taste of rotten milk.

    Comment by thepoetryman | June 26, 2006 | Reply

  2. Exactly – the only people they care about are themselves and those with big wallets.

    The more time that goes by, and the more we learn about the constant and outright circumventing of the Constitution by this administration and its buddies, the more I despair for this country, and for its future generations.

    Comment by PA_Lady | June 26, 2006 | Reply


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