Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to
While Harry Reid is waving the Constitution in our faces – citing the independent power of the legislative branch of government – he conveniently diminishes the constitutional authority of the Presidency with his statement that the Democrats represent the people, while the President DOES NOT!
Ahem. While the election results of 2006 did shift legislative power to the Democrats – the 2004 election results installed Mr. Bush for a 4 year term, which still has a year and a half to run. Like it or not, and for better or worse, George Bush IS and REMAINS the President of the
The Democrats, and particularly Pelosi and Reid, have apparently forgotten Constitution 101. The power to set Foreign Policy resides ONLY in the Presidency. As long as George Bush holds the office, HIS policy IS the Foreign Policy of the
For that matter, the power to determine the Military’s mission and it’s strategies reside with the Commander in Chief – which role is also held solely by Mr. Bush.
Ms. Pelosi has been attempting to set herself up as the de-facto leader of a shadow government – operating to circumvent the constitutional authority and the relevancy of the President and of the office of the Presidency. This is an insurrection. An insurgency within our government!
There exists a federal law known as the Logan Act:
§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).
It would appear that Ms. Pelosi’s trip to
Nancy Pelosi’s trip was not sanctioned by the President nor the State Department. She did not have the “authority of the
Mr. Bush’s official policy regarding
Ms. Pelosi went to
She claims she merely re-iterated and represented the policy of the
Violation of the Logan Act is a Felony punishable by up to 3 years in prison. If Ms. Pelosi has violated the act, this is an impeachable offense.
Where are the calls for hearings and investigations? Where is the special prosecutor? Why isn’t the mainstream media grilling the Speaker?
Oh yeah. She’s a leftist and a Bush Basher. And so it goes.
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