Sunday, December 18, 2005

A President, Not a King

Raw Story has posted some excerpts from Senator Russell Feingold's response to President Bush's admission that he has authorized illegal wiretaps of American citizens:

"The President's shocking admission that he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens, without going to a court and in violation of the Constitution and laws passed by Congress, further demonstrates the urgent need for these protections. The President believes that he has the power to override the laws that Congress has passed. This is not how our democratic system of government works. The President does not get to pick and choose which laws he wants to follow. He is a president, not a king.

On behalf of all Americans who believe in our constitutional system of government, I call on this Administration to stop this program immediately and to fully cooperate with congressional inquiries and investigations. We have had enough of an Administration that puts itself above the law and the Constitution."

Well said, Senator Feingold. Many of us "have had enough of an Administration that puts itself above the law and the Constitution."

The silence of Southern Baptist denominational leaders on revelations about this administration's authorization of pre-emptive war, illegal wiretaps, torture, and lies is deafening. Then again, for the Fundamentalists and Dominionists that took over the SBC, their ends have always justified the means.

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