Thursday, February 10, 2005

Republicans Above The Law?

They evidently want to make the executive Branch above the very laws the branch is meant to enforce:

Section 102 of the Immigration Bill that passed today provides that "notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have authority to waive, and shall waive, all laws" he determines necessary to construct barriers and fences.

Oregonian Rep. Earl Blumenauer regarding this provision:
If this provision, the waiver of all laws necessary for quote improvements of barriers at the border was to become law, the Secretary of Homeland Security could give a contract to his political cronies that had no safety standards, using 12-year-old illegal immigrants to do the labor, run it through the site of a Native American burial ground, kill bald eagles in the process, and pollute the drinking water of neighboring communities. And under the provisions of this act, no member of Congress, no citizen could do anything about it because you waive all judicial review.

This is our "Good Government" at work. Asserting their will over the rights of the common American, setting up loopholes so they can bypass enacted law when it suits them, and punishing (even through illegal or unscrupulous means) those who oppose them.

Not 8 years ago, one of these supposedly Conservative, God-fearing, Law-abiding, Grand Old Party reform politicians uttered the following solemn quote:

"I believe that this nation sits at a crossroads. One direction points to the higher road of the rule of law. Sometimes hard, sometimes unpleasant, this path relies on truth, justice and the rigorous application of the principle that no man is above the law. "

Now, the other road is the path of least resistance. This is where we start making exceptions to our laws based on poll numbers and spin control. This is when we pitch the law completely overboard when the mood fits us, when we ignore the facts in order to cover up the truth.

Shall we follow the rule of law and do our constitutional duty no matter unpleasant, or shall we follow the path of least resistance, close our eyes to the potential lawbreaking, forgive and forget, move on and tear an unfixable hole in our legal system? No man is above the law, and no man is below the law. That's the principle that we all hold very dear in this country.

Gee, You will never, ever in a million years guess what sack of IRONY made flesh and blood uttered that phrase.


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