April 9, 2008
More evidence the decider-commander really has no use for Congress, as being a dictator makes things a lot easier. Politico reports:
President Bush raised the stakes on Democratic leaders Monday by sending a controversial free trade deal with Colombia to Capitol Hill without the explicit backing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
And what did the spineless ones have to say?
Pelosi and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) called Bush’s decision “counterproductive, jeopardizing prospects for its passage. Under present circumstances, we cannot support the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.”
“Constitutionally, Congress is responsible for regulating international commerce,” the two said in a statement issued late Monday. “The president’s disregard toward a coequal branch of government serves only to work against the long-term interests of the United States and Colombia.”
“The need for this agreement is too urgent, the stakes for our national security are too high, to allow this year to end without a vote,” averred Bush from on-high. “Waiting any longer to send up the legislation would run the risk of Congress’ adjourning without the agreement being voted on.”
Sock puppet Bush and the neocons really have no use for the Constitution, as they are all about the Führerprinzip, that is to say, as Hermann Graf Keyserling wrote, that certain “gifted individuals” are “born to rule,” not on the basis of birth or class, but of “the laws of nature,” that is nature as interpreted by the Straussian neocons who hark back to Carl Schmitt’s On Dictatorship. Schmitt, one of Hitler’s prized jurists, demanded Ausnahmezustand, that is to say a perpetual state of emergency. Bush declared as much when he stated that “the stakes for our national security are too high” to allow Congress to participate.
Keyserling noted that Führerprinzip demands absolute obedience. However, since the Democrats suffer under the delusion they are partners in “democratic” government with Bush and the executive, this obedience is not forthcoming, not that it matters — remember, the neocons make reality and the rest of us, including Congress, are little more than spectators. Democrats have yet to understand or accept that they are out of the loop, little more than a quaint formality.
Pelosi long ago declared, after tricking the public — admittedly easily tricked — that the Democrats would not consider impeaching Bush, so now they have to take their lumps, or rather accept their insignificance and marginalization.
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