What a week this has been. Don Imus puts his foot, ankle, leg, knee, thigh, hip and own butt into his mouth, the Duke Lacrosse players accused of rape are exonerated, Don Imus then gets fired from both MSNBC and CBS and we all have to suffer through a Friday the 13th. Never mind that one day this week, while watching Hannity and Colmes on Fox News, I saw something that just capped the whole week for me.
What was that? Someone purchased airtime during the program to broadcast a commercial specifically aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The commercial shows photographs of Pelosi with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and mentions that Democrats had promised tough foreign policy however, Pelosiâ€™s trip to Damascus was nothing more than a blatant and in-your-face nose-thumbing at President Bush and Secretary of State Rice. Speaker Pelosi ignored the White Houseâ€™s direct request not to go to Syria. Furthermore, when she got to Syria, she lied to al-Assad saying that she had a message from Israeli Prime Minister Olmert indicating that Israel was â€œready to discuss peaceâ€. A statement from the Israeli leader denies any such intentions.
Pelosiâ€™s trip opens the door for the United States to consider charging Speaker Pelosi with violations of the Logan Act, which prohibits anyone, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, from acting in the official capacity of spokesperson of the United States without the express permission of the United States. The Logan Act was designed to prohibit exactly what Pelosi has done. She has blatantly and without regard or permission met with al-Assad in direct violation of the Logan Act. The White House specifically told Pelosi not to go to Syria, yet she went anyway. Pelosiâ€™s action is criminal and is worthy of consideration for charges of treason. It is in the best interests of the United States of America that Nancy Pelosi resign her position as Speaker of the House, resign her seat in the House of Representatives and face charges of violation of the Logan Act and even treason against the United States in a court of law. Pelosi should also be prohibited from seeking or accepting any nomination for any elected or appointed political position for the rest of her life.
The Constitution expressly separates the powers of the government so that no one branch has exclusivity of power. The president nominates someone to serve as Secretary of State. That nomination must be confirmed by the Senate to keep the president from putting someone in that could harm the nation. Once confirmed, the Secretary of State holds the responsibility of acting as liaison between the United States and foreign leaders or their representatives. The foreign policies of the president are executed through the office of the Secretary of State. No member of Congress has the authority to circumvent the Constitution no matter what his or her political ambitions or aspirations may be. Ms. Pelosi has does just that â€“ she has usurped the power of the president, embarrassed this nation and emboldened our enemies. This one simple criminal act has far more dangerous ramifications than any other performed by any previous government official. Even the third most liberal newspaper in the nation The Washington Post called Pelosiâ€™s trip â€œfoolishâ€ and â€œcounterproductiveâ€.
In response to the Post editorial, Tom Lantos (D-CA) tried to switch gears on the subject calling the â€œPostâ€™s claim about a â€˜shadow presidencyâ€™â€¦absurdâ€. So typical of Democrats â€“ not wanting to admit the truth when they themselves are so adamant about demanding the truth from Republicans. Again, it is a double-standard the Democrats want. They love being able to point fingers at Republicans and scream â€œBush lied, people diedâ€ (even though nothing could be further from the truth), yet when Democrats screw up, as Pelosi did (and did she ever!) they donâ€™t want to be held accountable. Now, while in Damascus, Pelsoi said that, â€œIsrael was ready to engage in peace talksâ€, a statement denied by the Israeli Prime Minister. Mr. Lantos, however is singing a much different song. Mr. Lantos is saying that there has been no change in the Israeli position and that Pelosi didnâ€™t say what she said. Lantos went on to say that Pelosi â€œsupports the administrationâ€™s policy goals in Syria.â€ Yet if Pelosi supports the administrationâ€™s goals, then why did she openly defy the White House and meet with al-Assad? You cannot support the official position of the White House while defying the policies of the White House.
Vice-president Dick Cheney spoke on the Rush Limbaugh Show saying, â€œI wish she hadnâ€™t done itâ€ and reiterated the Constitutional role of the president as â€œthe one who conducts foreign policy, not the speaker of the House.â€ The Bush Administration policy regarding Syria is that Syria is a state sponsor of terrorism and that it should be isolated from the international community. Yet, by defying the president and meeting with al-Assad, Pelosi has clearly done an end-around-run on the presidentâ€™s policy. In his response to the Post, Lantos reverted to typical Democrat propaganda referring to Pelosiâ€™s â€œmisgivings about the White Houseâ€™s ineffectiveness.â€
Frankly, it is the Democrats who are ineffective. They have done nothing but bully legislation through attempting to unseat the president as Commander-in-chief by attempting to relieve him of the Constitutional authority to manage troop movement in Iraq. We are facing a new Constitutional crisis. This crisis is pitting the Founding Fathers of America against bong-smoking, thumb-sucking, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, draft-dodging, crybaby liberals for the very soul of this country. The men who developed the concepts that are outlined in the Constitution were wise beyond their years. They planned for every possible contingency, even ones they could not have imagined, but the current battle between Capitol Hill and the White House may prove to be too much even for our Constitution to survive. America is on the verge of a second Civil War and if the liberals win, there may not be an America to which our troops can come home.
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Copyright © 2010 D. E. Carson
Copyright © 2010 D. E. Carson
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