3/13/2006

Constitution? What Constitution?

History will regard the 109th Senate as the most corrupt ever.

In the same way that President Bush fixed the facts to fit his neocon war plans in Iraq, the Republican leadership in the 109th Senate uses its power to short-circuit meaningful debate and independent investigations of presidential wrongdoing.

On March 13, 2006, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), called upon the Senate to censure President Bush for ignoring the Constitution and misleading Congress and the American people on the use of warrant-less wiretapping. Bush loyalists claim that the president has the right to circumvent existing statutes and to use whatever means he sees fit in the so-called “war on terror.” One chief loyalist, Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH), even wants to introduce legislation making Bush’s warrant-less wiretapping on American citizens legal in order to cover the president‘s past illegal actions. What a sham!

Senate Majority Leader Frist (R-TN) wanted to force an immediate vote on the Feingold resolution with no discussion on the Senate floor, a tactic that seems just plain wrong in a supposed constitutional democracy, but the resolution will likely be sent to the judicial or intelligence committee, where the Republican majorities will quietly squash it.

It is unlikely that the Feingold resolution will get any support from a single Republican. As for Democratic support, well, let’s just say that the Democrats in the 109th Senate are spineless jellyfish and have been known to buckle under to the Republicans. A clear violation of the U.S. Constitution is not even enough incentive for more than a handful of Democrats to consider censoring Bush during wartime.

Feingold did what needed to be done in order to preserve the integrity of the Constitution and President Bush deserves censure -- and eventual impeachment -- for his illegal actions.

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