Thursday, May 25, 2006

Vote Them All Out

Nothing these days could bring two polarizing political opponents together faster than the threat of an "out-of-control" executive "trespassing" into the "sovereign" domain of a Congressman’s office.

In the aftermath of the raid conducted by the FBI on the Office of Congressman William Jefferson (D-Louisiana), Dennis Hastert, the Republican Speaker of the House, and Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Minority Leader, came together to demand the immediate return of materials seized by federal agents from Congressman Jefferson's Office and declare:

"The Justice Department was wrong to seize records from Congressman Jefferson's office in violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers, the speech or debate clause of the Constitution, and the practice of the last 219 years."

I love it!!….. (Metaphor for: I really hate this and hope that they all get voted out of office soon - Taking note, with added optimism, of what happened in Pennsylvania recently)

How convenient it is for these big egos to call upon the founding principle of “separation of powers” to resist and shun oversight upon their activities when they are so eager to vehemently invoke the equally important principle of “Checks & Balances” in order to call the other two branches of government to account. You can't have it both ways and the founding fathers of this nation certainly did not mean for you to have your cake and eat it too.

The founding principles of the constitution are not divisible and can not be cherry-picked for political or personal convenience. You get one constitution indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Yes, justice as in Department of Justice in this case. Get this: Members of Congress are not exempt from the laws of this land nor are their offices the sovereign sanctuaries and safe-heavens that foreign diplomatic missions are.

Having gotten that out of the way, let me say something else - This time directly at Louisiana’s 2nd district representative, William Jefferson: NO, you do not get to claim “Separation Of Powers” when you are videotaped taking bribes; when you are found to hide $90,000 (3 times the annual salary of a middle class American) in your freezer. On second thought, maybe you should have used the “separation of powers” tool to hide the money in your congressional office after all, hey?

One other thing: No, sir, you do not get to imply racism as a motivation for the probe against you. You do not disgrace the memory of Dr. King by trying to put your criminal self in the company of those who have truly struggled against injustice so that one day you, sir, can be Congressman. As they say around here: Are you freakin’ kidding me??!!

The American people need to clean house. They, and only they, in this democracy can have the final say. And it is time for the people to reclaim what is rightfully theirs: The political destiny of this republic. If the name says "incumbent" next to it, that's the guy you should NOT vote for.

Vote them all out.


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