Thursday, March 22, 2007

Fuck! They Really Do Think This Is a Dictatorship!!!

This is what Tony Snow, White House Press Secretary, said on ABC this morning:

The executive branch is under no compulsion to testify to Congress, because
Congress in fact doesn't have oversight ability.
Holy fucking shit. That's it, it's official: the Bush regime thinks this is a banana republic and that Bush is El Presidente. We already knew Bush doesn't think he is bound by the laws passed by Congress, as evidenced by his use of extra-constitutional "signing statements" to tell Congress to fuck off whenever he doesn't like part of a bill he just signed. And he doesn't think he has to go to the courts for authority to violate civil rights by wiretapping Americans, despite Congress' passing a law stating otherwise. But now he's claiming that the Congress has no oversight ability at all?

What, exactly, is the function of the fucking Congress under Bush's view of the Constitution. If the President gets to decide what the law will be, regardless of what Congress says, and if Bush doesn't think the Congress has oversight ability, then why have a Congress? How is that any different than ruling by decree? Who, exactly, has oversight if not the Congress? Not the courts, since they can only exercise their authority in the context of a legal case, and there's no way to develop a case to bring to a court if no one has oversight to find out what the Executive Branch has been doing!

"No oversight ability" my ass! Why does the Constitution give the Congress the authority to impeach and remove the President if not to provide "oversight?" If the President never has to tell Congress anything about what the hell the Executive Branch is doing, how, exactly, can they know when they should impeach the President, Vice President, or other "civil officers for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors?" Are they just supposed to guess?

The Constitution also vests in Congress the responsibility to: "to make all laws which
shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all
other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any
Department or Officer thereof." How can Congress know what "necessary and proper" laws to pass regarding how the Executive Branch executes the powers of the Federal government if they have no right to know what the fuck the Executive Branch is doing?



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