Tuesday, January 24, 2006

An Endorsement of Impeachment: The Only Answer

For the last three years, President George W. Bush has authorized, without Congressional consent or the power of established law, illegal surveillance phone taps on thousands of innocent Americans.
The very fact that such wiretaps have proceeded without the consent of the specially appointed FISA court is extremely alarming, and the idea that those who authorized the illegal actions could continue to hold power is simply abominable, contrary to everything we know in this land about Constitutional supremacy and equality before the law. It is because of this most egregious of violations that we here at ConservativeDemocratNews are now officially calling for the impeachment of our nation’s 43rd Chief Executive, United States President George W. Bush. We extend our endorsement to all other democratic (lower case intentional) organizations advocating the legal removal of this President and the protection of that most sacred of documents, the United States Constitution. Mr. Bush, upon his accession in 2001, took an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He has now violated the terms of the agreement by which he became the Commander-in-Chief of this country, and no longer has the legal right to hold that office.
His usurpations of power have become too great, the danger to our Republic too real. Impeachment is the only remedy. The rule of law in the United States must be preserved.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Gore's Incredible Address

In recent days, key members of the Democratic Party have come out hard and heavy to harshly criticise the Bush Administration and the Republican majority as a whole for the wave of scandals that have engulfed the nation since the start of 2005.
Chief among the Democrats' laments was the domestic spying program that the Administration has implemented through the National Security Agency (NSA) since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton accused House Republicans of running the lower chamber of the legislature like "a plantation," going on to say, "And you know what I mean" before a group of 2,000 African-Americans.
Mrs. Clinton finished her speech with the conclusion that the Bush Administration would go down in history as "one of the worst that has ever governed this country."
Senator John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, was asked on CNN's Situation Room what he thought of Mrs. Clinton's comments.
Looking on from Jerusalem, Kerry responded with firmness, "I agree with that. Definitively, definitively."
By far the most moving Democratic backlash of the day, however, was a speech delivered by former Vice President Al Gore. In it, Gore boldly condemned the Administration’s NSA wiretaps, saying that, “At present, we still have much to learn about the NSA’s domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently.”
Gore further went on to decry a “disrespect for America’s Constitution which has now brought our Republic to the brink of a dangerous breach in the fabric of the Constitution.”
Gore passionately called for a recommitment in this country to “the rule of law,” warning against the serious threat posed by an Administration that grants itself powers without consulting Congress or the Supreme Court. He spoke of American citizens imprisoned indefinitely without being charged, of foreigners kidnapped and placed in CIA prisons to be savagely tortured. The speech was well-written, well reasoned, and well-argued. Unlike recent Democratic lambastes against the President, it used as its premise solid fact, based on a bedrock foundation of judicial and Constitutional decision. Pieces of wisdom from George Orwell, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and former Supreme Court Justices, among others, lifted their heads from times long past to affirm the noble position that Mr. Gore is taking: the Constitution of this country must be absolutely upheld, at any cost. Never before than right now has that been clearer, and such an eloquent entreaty only serves to reinforce the value of our liberty in American hearts.
Albert Gore is a man whose message is as simple as it is beautiful, as poignant as it is frightening. His petition for resistance to executive encroachment, voiced as only he could voice it, should be required reading in all civics classes. He is reminding us why we elected him in the first place.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

109th Congress Returns With a Bang

Though the 109th Congress will not return to Washington until January 31st of this year (they assembled yesterday as is required by the Constitution but then adjourned for a month-long extension of their Christmas vacation), its exploits have already electrified the political scene and made for a scandalous start to 2006. Yesterday, high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff plead guilty in federal court to conspiracy, tax evasion, and fraud. Abramoff now faces up to eleven years in prison and millions of dollars in restitution payments.
Among other things, the disgraced former Washington insider admitted to corrupting members of Congress and defrauding his (primarily Native American) clients out of a whopping $25 million of their own money. While Abramoff's guilty plea isn't much of s surprise to anyone who's been following the whole DeLay crowd, the implications are still bigger than perhaps anyone realized.
As people faced with time in federal prison so often do, Abramoff cut a deal with prosecutos by which he would reveal the names of others involved in his seedy dealings in exchange for a reduced sentence (before the plea he had been looking at a maximum thirty-year sentence).
Abramoff is expected to implicate a total of roughly six lawmakers, almost all of them certainly Republican, who participated with him in activities that were illegal. One of these men, Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) has already been identified to the public. In the court documents, the lawmaker in question is identified as simply Representative 1, but there is really no one else it could possibly be. The papers reference a Congressman who took several bribes that included a lavish golfing trip to Scotland, a trip that Ney actually did go on (at the time, Abramoff declared that the money used to finance the vacation had been donated to charity).
What does this mean for the Republican majority? Well, it certainly can't be good.

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