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U.S. House To Media: Stop Reporting News

As one would expect, both parties have embarassed themselves with Congress’ resolution to “condemn” media outlets for reporting on President Bush’s secret, quasi-/semi-/non-legal method of, well, examining the banking activities of American citizens without first obtaining warrants or showing probable cause. (Side note: it’s never been proven, but most would agree that the term “probable cause” was invented by the same elitist homosexual cabal that runs Hollywood, E! Television, Olive Garden, and Def Jam Records.) The Republicans have embarassed themselves by, well, pissing on the Constitution and greedily sucking down whatever droplets of the Executive’s love juice that could be had. And even if what they supported was, uh, Constitutional, then they should at least not waste our money introducing and voting on resolutions so pointless they would make an ASUO Senator blush.

The Democrats, meanwhile, continue to be Democrats. Stuck between their adoration of government power and a sort of passive sense that the Constitutional may have once held value to fringe voters, they’ve decided to oppose the resolution on the grounds that they’re not sure if the program they support is legal or not:

Democrats reacted angrily to the GOP majority’s refusal to allow them to offer an alternative that would also have expressed concerns about the unauthorized leak of classified information but would have left out language defending the legality of the program.

And from the NY Times article:

Democrats complained that Republicans refused to allow a vote on a Democratic alternative, which supported tracking terror financing and raised concern about leaks of classified material, including the “names of clandestine service officers of the Central Intelligence Agency,” a clear reference to the Valerie Wilson case.

So the Democrats resolution would have “expressed concerns” about leaking information on programs that they think may be illegal? And people wonder why I think the Dems are going to lose seats in the upcoming elections.
Here’s my idea for a resolution:

Whereas breaking the law is illegal;

Whereas violating the Constitutional is unconstitutional;

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) Humbly asks the Executive branch to stop breaking the law and violating the Constitution.

  1. Niedermeyer says:

    Hasn\’t this issue been pretty well covered already? As in New York Times v. United States… back in 1972.

    But y\’know, nothing perks up those low 30% approval ratings like rehashing Nixons losing battles.

  2. Bryan says:

    I predict that the phrase “big libertarian hug” will take a place in our American vernacular closely situated in terms of connotation to the phrase “log cabin Republican”.

    I fervently hope, Ian, that your prediction regarding the Democrats in the next election will be looked upon in hindsight similiarly to your prediction that the Daniels/Dafour ticket would sweep the ASUO elections.

    Nonetheless: super-good post. Big ups.

  3. Tyler says:

    Ummmm … (shrugs)

  4. Andy says:

    Our national religion is law, order, and government – so why shouldn’t our deity determine our media content?

    Ian, I need to give you a big libertarian hug for your last editorial too.

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