Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Support the Troops. It's not just a good idea. It's the law.

We read on the Huffington Post that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged the President to “Calm down with the threats, there’s a new Congress in town.” She went on to say, “We respect your constitutional role, we want you to respect ours.”

Nice, as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough. It’s time for the House Democrats to start issuing some threats of their own. Try this one on for size. If Dumb Dubya vetoes the emergency funding bill, Congress will not pass another.

Don’t feel threatened yet, Dubya? Ponder this: Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States confers on Congress the following powers, inter alia,

  • To raise and support Armies …
  • To provide and maintain a Navy

  • When Congress passes legislation to raise and support Armies and to maintain a Navy, it is a bit of a dereliction of duty to not actually support the Army or maintain the Navy.

    What to do with a President who is derelict in his duties? Coincidentally, the Constitution of the United States has something to say on that subject, too. See, Article II, Section 4:
    The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
    So, Dubya – do you think the Dems are bluffing? Well, that’s another coincidence, because Big Mitch thinks you are bluffing, too.

    “… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”

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