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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 02:26 PM
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CAN we talk? ...it's a CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS, regardless
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Edited on Tue Mar-13-07 02:55 PM by nashville_brook
The news that "top Democrats" won't attempt to limit the Bush Administration's imaginary authority to unilaterally declare war on Iran has been reported as the result of Israel's lobbying influence. Conservative Democrats cited fear that insisting on Congressional Authority would "have a negative impact on Israel."

It's TRAGIC that Israel was mentioned in this matter because our growing CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS needs to be discussed in an open and rational manner. Likely, this can't happen now.

With Israel identified as the primary victim of limiting Bush's make-believe authority to unilaterally declare war, we are being handed a PHONY CHOICE -- you're either FOR Bush's emperor status regarding war (and therefore supportive of Israel) OR you're FOR rule of law and a functioning government and therefore less than supportive of Israel (anti-semitic). It doesn't matter if Israel or Wal-Mart or space aliens are exercising this influence -- the impact is the same: our government no longer agrees on basic procedure at the behest of a special interest. This is the definition of Constitutional Crisis regardless of what "conservative Dems" or AIPAC has to say about it.

Our looming Constitutional Crisis should give EVERYONE pause regardless of religious/social/racial affiliation. This matter is similar to our "separation of church and state" debate -- TODAY we see AIPAC exercising disproportionate influence in our House of Representatives. "Tomorrow" the group with the most leverage might be Iran or China. It's in everyone's interest that rules are adhered to.

We no longer have a government in agreement on the sovereignty of it's branches. The executive branch (with the help of conservative Dems) is WILLFULLY violating one of the most unambiguous separations of power. This is terrifying. Constitutional Crises never end well as we saw with the secession of the southern states prior to the American Civil War.

As the rhetoric heats up -- lets try to keep this in perspective: opposing ANYONE's lobbying in favor of W's Emperor Status reflects our concern that we are in a CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. To equate this with anti-semitism is dishonest.
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