Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Close Ranks
Around One
Of Their Own:
A Democrat

Simply because he is part of Congress:

Resentment boiled among senior Republicans for a second day on Tuesday after a team of warrant-bearing agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned up at a closed House office building on Saturday evening, demanded entry to the office of a lawmaker and spent the night going through his files.

The episode prompted cries of constitutional foul from Republicans — even though the lawmaker in question, Representative William J. Jefferson of Louisiana, is a Democrat whose involvement in a bribery case has made him an obvious partisan political target.

Speaker J. Dennis Hastert raised the issue personally with President Bush on Tuesday. The Senate Rules Committee is examining the episode.

Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House majority leader, predicted that the separation-of-powers conflict would go to the Supreme Court. "I have to believe at the end of the day it is going to end up across the street," Mr. Boehner told reporters gathered in his conference room, which looks out on the Capitol plaza and the court building.

A court challenge would place all three branches of government in the fray over whether the obscure "speech and debate" clause of the Constitution, which offers some legal immunity for lawmakers in the conduct of their official duties, could be interpreted to prohibit a search by the executive branch on Congressional property.

Apparently, our Congress thinks it ought to be above the law. The idea that they are objecting to this search is absurd.

Today, I heard Congressman David Dreyer on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Congressman Dreyer told Hewitt that it seemed to him the Executive Branch had exceeded its authority. He said they should have informed Congress firts.

Now, think about that. If they would have informed Congress (all but the guy they were investigatin), do you think he would not have been tipped off? Do you think the $100,000 in the freezer would not have been moved.

This arrogance defies reason. It is the arrogance of a group of people who have lost all touch with reality.

When it comes right down to it, they are angry with George Bush because he is not playing by the rules of their corrupt game.

Never before have I thought that our government is truly corrupt to the bottom. I have never been a "throw the bums out" kind of guy. But, these guys do not have the interests of the nation in mind. They, apparently, see public service are a way to raid coffers. And, they do not want it to end.