Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Problem with Fear...

...is that, when used politically, it can turn on its wielder.

The Bush administration has spent the better part of five years telling the American people to fear all things Muslim, and now it wants us to turn our ports over to...Muslims. Hmm. So Muslims are too dangerous to let on our planes and in our buildings, but they'll do a super job running our ports?

Also, may I say it's about time Congress remembered that it, too, is mentioned in the Constitution? In fact, I believe the Constitution sets forth the makeup and powers of Congress way before it gets to the president. Let's check the document.

::riffles through files::

Here we are. Article I, Section 1:

All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

The noble document doesn't get to the president until Article II. That means that Congress has duties and powers all its own, and not just those delegated by the White House. Let's hope they remember that. I didn't send 19 reps and two senators to Washington to run Bush's errands, and I think most Pennsylvanians feel the same.

3 Comments:

Blogger Daniel J. Linehan said...

Technically speaking, you only sent one rep to Congress, and I'd be very surprised if yours was doing Bush's bidding.

12:31 PM  
Blogger TrackerNeil said...

You are SO the nobilis of snark!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Daniel J. Linehan said...

Everybody needs a hobby, Neil.

3:31 PM  

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