Tuesday, February 07, 2006

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The Commander in Chief

Well I have read and re-read Article II of the Constitution, and nowhere does it say the President shall have the power to do what he pleases, as he pleases, when he pleases, and where he pleases during times of self-declared war. What it does say is that he will swear to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States". Funny it doesn't say "only the parts he deems important" or "only the parts that don't get in his way. It says the Constitution of the United States. One would assume that would include a couple of little pesky amendments like:

Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Cindy Sheehan anyone?

Or how about:

Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in there persons, houses, papers and effects, agaisnt unreasonable searches and seizures, SHALL NOT be violated, and NO Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Wonder if your phone has been tapped lately?

And the infractions go on... I listened in on the NSA hearing some yesterday and began to wonder how much are we going to lose, how much more are the American people willing to give up? Sure, many of us in the blogosphere are upset by this, as are many in Congress, but the Press is not loudly shouting to the people: LOOK AT WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS DONE!

Not one press report has brought the message home that your phone calls could have been listened into, and you wouldn't know it. Just because the government says it is just listening in to overseas calls, means less than the words that are spoken because the law already says they cannot do that and they are, they continue to and they will continue to without guilt. We have an executive that has no respect for the document they swore to protect, it up to us as citizens to call our representatives and tell them to put a halt to the President's power grab.