The Constitution Makes for Strange Bedfellows

Bruce Fein – who, for those who don’t know, is a constitutional lawyer and a former member of the Justice Department during the Reagan Administration, and Ralph Nader – who, for those who don’t know, is….well…..Ralph Nader, have come together to write an article for the San Francisco Chronicle calling for a congressional censure of both George Bush and Dick Cheney for their abuses against the Constitution.  They explain that

“If left unrebuked, the Bush-Cheney usurpations of power will become part of the constitutional firmament and risk creating a safe harbor for future presidential abuses. Every member of Congress, moreover, is required to take an oath to ‘support (the) Constitution’ pursuant to Article VI. There is no corresponding oath to support the Republican or Democratic parties or to subordinate the Constitution in the name of political harmony. Censure would be no novelty.”

Fein and Nader cite the Senate’s “rebuke” of Andrew Jackson for his “constitutional lawlessness” as, at least, a minimal step that needs to be taken to curb future abuses.  The entire article can be read here.

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