Swimming with the Razorfishes

Friday, January 27, 2006

Shit

"Conducting war is a responsibility in the executive branch, not the legislative branch."

I couldn't agree more, Mr. President. I think, therefore, it is time for you to shit or get off the pot.

We are not at war. Amid your declarations of L'Etat c'est moi, you seem to have forgotten that clause in the Constitution giving Congress the power to declare war.

Congress declares, you execute.

We are not at war. You were given authority to use force in specific circumstances:

"That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."

That bounds your authority. This, in no way, authorizes you to create enemies disruptors lists or spy on U.S. citizens. Your playing fast and loose with the law and civil rights is only bad for the country. Cut the crap and start acting like a president.

And for you, Congress, once the greatest deliberative body on the planet, when were you planning to find your balls?

Blindly handing power to an administration marked by a curious mix of incompetence, mendacity, and blind ideology does no good. In fact, it does quite a bit of harm. Please, for the good of the world, assert your constitutional power. You have the power of the purse. Use it. Stop funding these ideologues' pet projects.

1 Comments:

  • That's a pretty good assessment of the situation. We need men like you on the City Council. (We do have an election coming up you know.)

    By Blogger Mr. Snitch, at 6:09 AM  

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