Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Jack Balkin pretty much nails the hypocrisy of Hastert and Pelosi and the other Congressmen throwing a fit about the raid on Jefferson’s office:

The Bush Administration has, over the past six years, detained American citizens without any of the protections of the Bill of Rights, engaged in cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees, imposed new forms of secrecy to insulate itself from oversight both by the Press and by Congress, used the state secrets privilege to shut down any investigation into its mistreatment of detainees, hid and prevaricated about the evidence justifying, the reasons for, and the cost of Iraqi war, and begun a massive spying program on American citizens. Throughout all of these events, the United States Congress has been essentially supine, unable or unwilling to lift a finger to oppose an executive branch that was simultaneously incompetent, arrogant and out of control. And now, when the FBI catches redhanded a Congressman engaged in the most egregious act of corruption, *now* members of Congress are upset that the Executive is asserting too much authority.

They have their nerve.

Indeed they do. In fact, it reminds me of the nerve of Larry Fafarman, impersonating his own brother to falsely accuse his real brother of impersonating his brother.

Comments

  1. #1 BigDumbChimp
    May 25, 2006

    Indeed they do. In fact, it reminds me of the nerve of Larry Fafarman, impersonating his own brother to falsely accuse his real brother of impersonating his brother.

    If I refute my own arguments, then I lose credibility. If I lose credibility, then this blog loses readers. Therefore, if I were to make straw man arguments, logically I would make them under false names.

  2. #2 Bruce
    May 25, 2006
  3. #3 Pieter B
    May 25, 2006

    ” . . . and then they came for the Congresscritters and there was no one left to speak up.”

    I do wonder what’s in the Tupperware in Hastert’s freezer, but not enough to shred the Constitution to find out.

  4. #4 mythusmage
    May 26, 2006

    Not only has the Jefferson affair united Democrats and Republicans on a subject, the Congressional reaction has succeeded in uniting left and right in the Blogosphere. For this I think Congresscritters should be given the Unintended Consequences Award. :D

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