The tyrannical reign of King George

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales returned to Capitol Hill Tuesday and did what he always does when he testifies before Congress.

He lied.

Gonzales lies so often that reporting the fact that he lied is no longer news. If the attorney general’s lips are moving, you can bet he’s lying.

His latest around of lies, claiming he didn’t brief lawmakers about a terrorist surveillance program directly contradicts a four-page memo from the office of the national intelligence director’s office shows Gonzales did, in fact, discuss the program with eight Congressional leaders.

Angry Senators, including Republican Arlen Specter, say they may need a special prosecutor to bring Gonzales to justice for perjury.

Yeah, right.

It is a fact that Gonzales lies. It is also a fact that nothing will be done about it because the Congress of the United States of led by a Democratic party that talks a big game but can’t deliver in the clutch.

Gonzales has been caught lying so many times that he should have lost his job months ago. Yet here he is, returning to the Hill to lie some more.

Over in the House, the Judiciary Committee voted to cite former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton for contempt for refusing to testify about the politically-motivated firings of U.S. attorneys.

Big deal. The White House has already announced that it will not allow the Justice Department to investigate any such contempt nor will the Department be allowed to enforce the will of Congress.

Yes, there’s a pattern here. Congress blows a lot of hot air. President George W. Bush goes on his merry way.

Congress votes to being the troops home from Iraq. Bush vetoes the bill. It goes back to the hill but Democrats don’t have the votes to sustain a veto.

Congress passes a law Bush doesn’t like. He amends the bill with a “signing statement” that he says allows him to ignore any provision of the bill he doesn’t like. Over the last six years, Bush has found a lot of things he doesn’t like in bills coming out of Congress and amended more of them through “signing statements” than any President in history.

Congress bitches and moans but does nothing.

The courts find Bush’s action in his domestic spying program unconstitutional. Bush ignores the court ruling and proceeds. The court does nothing.

In six years Bush – aided and abetted by Vice President Dick Cheney and the politically devious Karl Rove – has turned the Presidency into an absolute monarchy that answers to no one – not Congress, not the courts, not the Constitution and certainly not the people.

Congress moans and frets and does nothing. Some Democratic House members want to impeach Bush and Cheney. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says no, impeachment is “off the table.” Sen. Russ Feingold wants Bush at least censured by the Senate but Majority Leader Harry Reid says no.

Last November, voters in this country put the Democrats in charge of Congress with a mandate to do something about the despotic rule of George W. Bush.

Instead, the Democrats – like the corrupt Republican leadership that covered for Bush for 12 years – did nothing.

It’s time for a third choice.

14 Responses to "The tyrannical reign of King George"

  1. bjiller  July 26, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Uh, Doug, I think Bush has only been in office for 6 1/2 years, so Congress hasn’t been covering for him for 12 years. I’ll admit that it FEELS like twelve years since the good old Clinton days, when the lies were just about diddling the staffers, a small time real estate investment gone bad, and the travel office.

  2. RSW  July 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    When was the last time any of us saw a coin land on its edge?

    Oldernwiser

  3. JudyB  July 26, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    I watched CSPAN witnessing the entire hearing of Gonzales. The one thing that stood out to me, was that he was confident while testifying…in fact, quite confident that his ass was going to be covered by the “Decider” regardless of how many times he lied.

    “Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

  4. gene  July 26, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    I got to laugh because their are just not many options left. Fisrt of all I just came back from haveing to go out into Joe public land (good old f**k-up USofA) and I didn’t notice anyone I would consider being in the know. Most are just simply brain dead, simple minded, self consumed and hoping to purchase their next gadget/wedget in the near furture from Bestbuy or where ever. So anyone hoping for a revolution, you might be waiting for a while….like f**king forever!!

    Don’t think so, OK…I guess only time will tell but from what I see in Mobile, Alabama, forget it. Just got back from Atlanta, GA and its even worse. Now please, don’t piss in my ceral and tell me otherwise. Its gone to far and their is NO turning back and where it will end…Ha!! do you really want to know?

  5. anthny  July 26, 2007 at 8:43 am

    anthny:
    Mr. Robinson, they were banned from holding office by our founding fathers. Anybody having a title before or after his name, such as ESQ were not allowed to hold public office. But it was a law that was written by lawyers, and what one lawyer makes another lawyer can unmake.
    Have We The People had enough yet? why do we except these fakes, they are only in it for the money.
    And if we follow the money we would have most put in jail for treason.

  6. macmac  July 26, 2007 at 4:38 am

    macmac We the people deserve better then lies. 9/11 is a lie they can not afford the truth to come out. If they can’t tell the truth they need to step down. We the people will know the truth and it will unite us.

  7. Helen Rainier  July 26, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Doug, In general I agree with the tenor of your overall Rant. However, I respectfully must disagree with a point you make:

    The Democratic Party is unable to deliver, yes, but it’s NOT for lack of trying.

    It is for lack of the Republican Party putting party loyalty over loyalty to protecting and defending the US Constitution, which is a part of the Oath of Office both the President and the Congress have to take.

    Those same words “protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic” are also contained within the Oath of Enlistment that each and every one of us here who is a veteran of the US military took when we initially enlisted and upon each subsequent reenlistment.

    BTW, in the interest of disclosure, I am, and always have been, a registered political non-partisan and every intention of remaining one.

  8. almandine  July 26, 2007 at 11:19 am

    And just which of those Darling Democrats is the savior?

  9. denroth  July 26, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Doug,

    I admire you greatly, but as you very well know, there are mandates and then there are MANDATES! Without a fillibuster-proof 60 seat majority, the Dems are powerless to do anything about the “tyrannical reign of King Bush”. So I wish you’d lighten up on them and help them win the presidency and the neccessary seats needed in congress to undo this terrible nightmare!!!

    Respectfully,
    Dennis Roth

  10. Bill Robinson  July 26, 2007 at 7:14 am

    They all lie. The difference is that gonzales gonzales doesn’t give a damn if you know he’s lying. He is blatant about it, and does not have to answer to The Decider because The Decider is too busy creating his own lies to bother listening to gonzales gonzales’s lies.
    Since GG, as he is known in the King’s Court (he got the nickname when he was caught prancing around his office in a tutu singing karaoke with Maurice Chevalier from the movie of that name), has noone to answer to, he feels under no obligation to tell the truth.
    After all, he is an Attorney.
    Which brings up another point for discussion–
    I have never met a bunch of professionals who have total disregard for the law as Attorneys do, with one exception. That other group of lying disregarders of our laws is Policemen. Between lawyers and cops there is an unwritten rule that to be successful they must lie constantly and ignore the law even more often. Maybe they all should be banned from holding public office. That would clean House, and Senate, nicely.
    How do you ignore something more than constantly? Bend over and Cheney will show you.
    Be sure to bring the K-Y and apply liberally before you do.

    Bill Robinson, DDA*

    *DDA= Disappointed and Disgusted American

  11. Nicholas  July 26, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Well, duh! Of course it’s time for a third choice, but the system is set up to make establishing a third choice extremely difficult, extremely expensive, and almost impossible. I know. I’ve looked at what is required, on both the state and national level. And after the so-called Green Party collected and spent millions to enter national political races, look what the American people got: Ralph (The Spoiler) Nader. Oh whoopee.

    Call me when the revolution starts.

  12. keith  July 26, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Nicholas, the “revolution” has already started!

    More and more people like you and me are totally fed up with the “Republicrats”…and are starting to do something about it at ballot boxes all over this land.

    What’s more, membership in so-called “third parties” is now growing by leaps and bounds, as are the donations to same.

    One by one, ordinary citizens like you and me are finding ever-more devious ways to throw sand into the well-oiled gears of the two-party political machine in this country. And, so far at least, the “Republicrats” have yet to figure out a way to legally remove the write-in lines from all our ballots.

    Throughout history, the longest journeys have always begun with the first few steps. And contrary to popular belief, our great country hasn’t always been ruled by Republicans and/or Democrats. In our past, we’ve had Whigs and Bull Moose candidates both run (and get elected) to high office… including the Presidency.

    So, it is clear that we are going to have to “eat the Elephant” (pun intended) one bite at a time to change the current course of events and eventually get back to elections that offer the electorate a clear choice of multiple candidates for office (rather than just the “lesser of two evils”).

    But, all the while people like you and me still believe that such causes are hopeless, then they will be…which is EXACTLY what the “Republicrats” want us all to continue believing.

    A vote for “none of the above”…even if nobody in that “none of the above” wins a clear majority in the next election…will send a POWERFUL collective message to the “Republicrats” that we are totally fed up with all their lies and corruption and that their days in office are numbered.

    “Throwing all the bums out” may not happen in the next election, or the one after that, or even the one after that. But clearly, the utter disgust for the “Republicrats” and what they are now calling “good government” in this country is building.

  13. Janice  July 26, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Doug,
    What would you think os Al Gore running as a third party candidate?
    What do the rest of you think of Al Gore, would you support him as a third party candidate?
    Just curious,
    Janice

  14. keith  July 26, 2007 at 9:31 am

    The simple truth of the matter is that the opposition against Mr. Bush in Congress doesn’t have a veto-proof majority in the Senate…yet.

    So (and as Doug has so ably noted), the House talks a big game, but is quite impotent to make any of it stick in the Senate.

    Specifically, while the House may be able to impeach Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, there simply aren’t enough votes in the Senate to remove them. Mr. Bush is well aware of this fact, which is probably also why he and the rest of his cabal keep right on lying and thumbing their collective noses at Congress…as well as our Constitution.

    Sadly, we have absolutely NOBODY to blame for this but ourselves. That’s because over the course of Bush’s “imperial” Presidency, we’ve kept right on electing veto-proof majorities sympathetic to his policies in the Senate.

    For better or worse, our founding fathers deliberately set our country up this way…with differing term limits (2 years for Congress, 6 years for the Senate) along with so-called “super majority” provisions in the Senate for removal of high officials. This was specifically done to prevent “knee-jerk” reactions to short-term issues and events.

    But, clearly, our founding fathers probably also never envisioned a President who would so blatantly ignore most of what they wrote into our Constitution…or a Congress that was so hopelessly corrupt and impotent to do anything about it.

    However, unless and until we, THE PEOPLE, start electing representatives to our House and Senate who will stand up and vote against such lawlessness (rather than re-electing the same hopelessly corrupt party hacks from one or the other faction of the same “country club” every time) absolutely NOTHING is going to change.

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