Monday, December 12, 2005

Bush and the Constitution!

Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'

Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.

Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."

"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

Put aside, for a moment, political affiliation or personal beliefs. It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent. It doesn't matter if you support the invasion or Iraq or not. Despite our differences, the Constitution has stood for two centuries as the defining document of our government, the final source to determine-in the end-if something is legal or right.

Every federal official-including the President-who takes an oath of office swears to "uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Capitol Hill Blue
Dec 9, 2005


BostonPobble said...

Don't let this be true. God, please, don't let this be true. I'm literally sitting here with tears streaming down my face. Please, please, God. Don't let this be true.

sttropezbutler said...

Oh to be a fly on the wall. Better still to be a fly on the wall with a video recorder!

Hope you've recovered from the overload at work!


Hypoxic said...

Do we know where this report originated? I am having real trouble believing that Bush, as stupid as he may be, would be foolish enough to make such a remark.

I too hope it's not true.