Wednesday, May 24, 2006

When it's THEIR rights, the Constitution matters!

Unfortunately, they still don't seem to understand the document. Congressional leaders on both sides are all in a tizzy about the FBI serving a search warrant on Congressman William Jefferson's office. If you are not familiar with Jefferson, he's the jackass who used the National Guard to get him back to his house in New Orleans (while there were still people trapped, mind you) after the hurricane. He is now accused (mostly due to videotape) of taking bribes.

Thing is, the check to the executive branch power is there. That's why the warrant was required!

Here are some absolutely fantasitc quotes from these noble defenders of the Constitution:

"I clearly have serious concerns about what happened and whether people at the Justice Department have looked at the Constitution lately," said House Majority Leader John Boehner.

"I've got to believe that at the end of the day it's going to end up across the street at the Supreme Court," the Ohio Republican added.
Ahh, yes. And the two fellows you confirmed this year, how do you think they'll rule?
The House's No. 2 Democrat, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, said it was another example of the Bush administration's disregard for limits on its power.

"No member is above the law, but the institution has a right to protect itself against the executive department going into our offices," Hoyer said.

He and others were careful to say the Justice Department should investigate wrongdoing by members of Congress.
Perhaps Mr. Hoyer should be a little more concerned about the government coming into MY house.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Bill Frist expressed concern about the search and Mississippi Republican Trent Lott said his Rules Committee was looking into the situation.

"There's a right way and a wrong way to do everything," Lott said. "We don't want a situation where the FBI just shows up at will and starts rummaging around here."
But they didn't just show up in SWAT gear like they do to enforce the draconian drug laws Mr Lott is such a fan of... they show up in suits with a WARRANT!

As usual, these folks are completely disconnected from reality. How can they not recognise how remarkably stupid their position is, and how hypocritical they are? Their offices are not sacred ground when it comes to criminal investigation. So long as the Executive branch follows the 4th amendment.

Speaking of the 4th amendment, I wonder if Messers Hoyer, Hastert, and Lott are going to vote for or against the confirmation of Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden. If they vote yes (which they will), they can shove thier 'don't understand the Constitution' whining.

I sure do hope someone somewhere reminds them.

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