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