Today there are two events that confirm that the United States of America has Zero Political Parties as the two main parties have stopped representing We the People.
The first is the action taken by President Bush to seal the evidence in the investigation of Representative William Jefferson, (D-La) for 45 days. The following are the highpoints, such as they are, behind this given by President George W. Bush, Captain of the United States of Titanic:
"This period will provide both parties more time to resolve the issues in a way that ensures that materials relevant to the ongoing criminal investigation are made available to prosecutors in a manner that respects the interests of a coequal branch of government."Yes, I kid you not! President Bush has obviously not actually read the document that he has sworn to uphold, which says in Section I, Article 6:
"Our government has not faced such a dilemma in more than two centuries. Yet after days of discussions, it is clear these differences will require more time to be worked out."
"Let me be clear: Investigating and prosecuting crime is a crucial executive responsibility that I take seriously. Those who violate the law -- including a member of Congress -- should and will be held to account. This investigation will go forward and justice will be served."
Section 6 (in part) "The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place."Note that the FBI bribery investigation of a Representative of these United States is that of a FELONY investigation, although I have no doubt that in getting caught on videotape taking a bribe, hiding the money in his freezer and also having handed over documents to the informant that he had, indeed, accepted such cash, that the Peace has been broken in many places by these activities. As Head of Government, President Bush is within his rights to intervene in an ongoing investigation of the Executive Branch into a Legislator. That said there is NO DILEMMA involved. This is a clear and distinct Constitutional issue in which no court may say 'Nay' to such an investigation as, in doing so, they would be clearly violating the Constitution at Article I, Section 6. Impeding an ongoing investigation by FREEZING stops all inquiry and, as a bonus, gives any that have committed crimes time to hide or destroy the evidence of such, or to leave the Nation so as to make it difficult to bring them to Justice.
Justice frozen is Justice denied by Due Process as laid out in the Constitution.
And the Legislative Branch clearly and definitively has its Priveleges and they ARE PROSCRIBED by the Constitution. To attempt to give a 'cooling off period' to pompous Congressmen who feel that they are not accountable to ANY law while in office is to grant that to them and let them become an Aristocracy that is not accountable to the Law of the Land.
While revenge is a dish best served cold, Justice is best HOT and STEAMING and applied so as to CAUTERIZE the problem.
There are no and I do mean ZERO rational reasons for this action as given by the Constitution. By intervening in this process, President Bush is giving Congress special rights and privileges that they are specifically NOT ALLOWED under the Constitution. And do note that the THIRD branch of Government would have had to SIGN OFF on such a search. So ALL THREE BRANCHES of the Federal Government have *already* done their work. Congress set the law, the Executive is enforcing it and the Judicial has signed off on the necessary search involved. The balancing is DONE.
Who or what are you protecting, President Bush?
For it is *not* the Constitution.
Second up, and far worse, is the Senate Immigration Bill which now moves onto the House. This bill is extremely and highly flawed and has a price tag in the realm of $54 Billion. Yes, that is Billions of dollars. Here are some of the *highlights* of this Bill, as passed by the Solons of the Senate:
- From Kausefiles, Citing Robert Novak:
Foreign guest farm workers, admitted under the bill, cannot be ''terminated from employment by any employer ... except for just cause.''
- The bill has a 'path to citizenship' that is not an amnesty!
- Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. added an amendment to let illegals keep the earned income tax credit for their ILLEGAL LABOR.
Not enough for you? There is even MORE that is in this sweet little Bill, just wait, I know you will LOVE IT!
- We get to take in 650,000 extra Immigrants a year!! From Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.
- The Senate also agreed to an amendment pushed by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., that would change the standard for appealing a deportation order.
And then, the 'Manager's Amendment' would make it necessary to TALK TO MEXICO BEFORE BUILDING A FENCE!!! Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz. DARED to protest this!! But it passed anyway!
There you have it folks! The Senate has decided to hand the keys of the Nation over to Mexico.
Such sweet people, these Senators. Giving away the Nation for... well, now, that is the problem, isn't it? The Union gets ZERO benefit from this. There is no way to enforce a 'guest worker' program, no company will use the damn thing if they can't pay less than union wages and actually be able to FIRE the 'guest workers' and we have to have the leave of the Mexican Government before building a fence to demarcate Our border with them. That last one is exactly Bass Ackwards as you need a TREATY to do any such thing and there is not one IN FORCE to do that. Yes, it is ILLEGAL to require the Executive to do this and is a broad overstep of the Division of Powers within the Federal Government.
The Senate Bill is Unconstitutional as it stands.
Contact your Congresscritter to let them know it should die a swift and unpleasant death.