The GOP's Stake In Checking The President
Senator Russ Feingold
...) When the President breaks the law, he must be held accountable, and that is why I have introduced a resolution to censure (S.RES.398) the President for his actions. Yet, as we face a President who thinks he is above the law, most Republicans are willing to cede enormous power to the executive branch. Their actions are not just short-sighted, they are a departure from one of the Republican Party’s defining goals: limiting government power.
...)One of the best ways to limit government power is to ensure that each branch provides a check on the other two, but most Republicans in Congress today aren’t checking the President’s power or defending the judicial branch’s right to do so—they are giving him a blank check to ignore the rule of law.
...)A party that prides itself on limiting government, and supporting individual freedom and the rule of law, should think twice before it allows any President to ignore the laws that Congress passes.
That he would even have to write this and argue these points astounds me. That the entire Congress are ignoring their duties in the face of a tyrant makes them all ineffective cowards. Even if they were all wiretapped and all had dusty skeletons, the skeletons couldn't be as bad as living with the knowledge that they sold this country out. Censure is but a tiny step on a long road back to who we once were; a proud nation with honest defenders of our Constitution.
posted by Cyndy