Friday, October 06, 2006
With one signing statement, Bush tells Congress& America: Fuck you. I am so the boss of you
Well, it is 100% official: The United States of America is no longer a democratic republic. We are now a dictatorship (via Yahoo): "In the law Bush signed Weds, Congress stated no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security dept activities that affect privacy, including complaints. But Bush, in a signing statement attached to the agency's 2007 spending bill, said he will interpret that section "in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch." Wha-wha-what?? So Congress specifically stated that no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security dept activities that affect privacy, including complaints, but then Bush turns around and has the gall to say that he has the power to do the very thing Congress JUST said only one person (not him, mind you!) had the power to do? So why in the hell do we even have Congress? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 3 branches of govt are equals. They are meant to monitor and keep one another in check. Congress explicitly stated that Bush was NOT the person who had the right and/or ability to do this b/c they want to keep the executive branch in check, and then Bush simply wipes it all away with a signing statement? But wait... it gets worse, and I didn't even realize until I read this: "So when pesky Congress actually TRIES to monitor the executive branch...well....access denied. Oh, and it gets worse. You'd think after Katrina, FEMA'd be a no-brainer. A political hot potato that Bush wouldn't mess with. Well, you're wrong. Congress tried....Bush just denied: "Bush's signing statement Weds challenges several other provisions in the Homeland Security spending bill. Bush, for example, said he'd disregard a requirement that the director of the Fedl Emergency Management Agency must have at least 5 yrs experience and "demonstrated ability in and knowledge of emergency management and homeland security." His rationale was that it "rules out a large portion of those persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office." That bolded statement may be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Ignoring the "5 yr experience minimum" because it may rule out the best candidates? WTF? By the way, how can you just "disregard" the fucking LAW?? Somebody please...please...stop this madness." My sentiments exactly. Here I was feeling fairly good after watching Keith Olbermann's latest fabulous bitchslapping comment on Bush (truly... it is a masterpiece. Video and transcript here. It covers everything from Foley's fiasco to the torture bill to Bush's pre-election let's keep "scaring 'em silly" bullshit) and then I go reading about this signing statement, and my brief happy turns to a burning pit in my stomach. All Bush needs to do now is cancel the elections and he will be the DICTATOR he has so wanted to be... and of course... his bloodsucking sycophant congressional Repukes will borrow McCain's kneepads and lubricant, tell Americans that this anal rape is for their own good, and meekly accept that Der Bushler has effectively told them that he is so the boss of them and defend their King Despot-- no matter what he does and no matter how much he violates the oath for which he placed his hand upon the Bible and swore to uphold our Constitution. America... I thought that the chucking aside of habeas corpus with that trainwreck of a torture bill had nearly done you in. Guess I was wrong. I didn't see this colassal Constitutional clusterfuck coming down the pike would be the nail that puts you in your coffin.