MAYBE...THERE'S MORE TO THIS THAN MEETS THE EYE
My morning routines usually consist of reading the newspapers and other blogs, trying to get a feel for what I should write about that day. This morning, I'm reading the papers regarding that selling of American ports deal, and the mounting uproar from Congress.
Two Governors, George Pataki of New York, and Robert Ehrlich of Maryland, are threatening to sue the Government to prevent control of their ports from comming to pass.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is threatening legislation to halt this deal until Congress has a chance to study the ramifications of it.
President Bush responds to the uproar by threatening to use his Veto power for the first time in six years. Well, why use it when you have Republicans and toady DLC Democrats giving you virtually everything you ask for?
What was most chilling was the President's statement:
"They ought to listen to what I have to say about this. They'll look at the facts and understand the consequences of what they're going to do. But, if they pass a law, I'll deal with it with a veto."
If you're sitting in either the House of Representatives or the United States Senate, the President's statement should sound like a threat, a warning, and a total disregard for the fact that the legislative branch of government actually exists, and that he is expected to follow the concept of "checks and balances" when making legislative decisions that affect the nation.
If Bill Clinton had done this, his impeachment proceedings would be initiated, and the Monica Lewinsky affair would have just been icing on the cake. And, Bush is hell bound and determined to get this deal implemented, so much so that he's threatening Congress with a veto if they get in his way. He's acting like...he's being blackmailed. What does the Arabian government have on the President? Why is he cutting deals with a country known to harbor and facilitate the development of terrorist groups? Especially a country that has known ties to the group responsible for the 9/11 attacks?
These are questions Congress should be grilling the President on, and under oath. But, we're not going to see that happen, unless the Republicans get pissed off, and drags some DLC Democrats along with them.
Yes, America, we have a President and an Administration who has continued to demonstrate that the U. S. Constitution is nothing more than toilet paper, and that he considers Congress nothing more than a "nuisance". He demonstrates an abject disregard for the Legislative Branch, and disrespects lawmakers at every turn. No matter how loyal you are to Bush, or to the Republican Party, his disrespect towards you as a part of the political process should be enough to anger you into calling his bluff.
Unless you're DLC Democrats, I expect that you would already be angry, sick and tired of how Bush uses DLC Democrats like Joe Lieberman to kick you like a whipped chihuahua, routinely, and in public. I don't expect DLC Democrats to do anything except whine, or as Lieberman has already done, voice support for the President's disrespecting the Legislative process, and using the "Race" card in order to do it.
Remember, a veto can always been overridden. Let's see if Congress knows their Civics lessons.