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    of a comment I just made on a later diary of the same subject. (Sorry I missed yours.)

    This deservs attention.

    Also, a censure resolution does nothing to deal with the underlying problem of unchecked executive power. It would not force the president to modify his domestic surveillance program or force the Senate Intelligence Committee to do its job

    What? What? Censure is not about forcing somebody to do something, it is about the Congress asserting its power as one of the three equally powerful branches of government through a symbolic act. Using the excuse that it would not force the modification of behaviour is like saying "There's no use giving my kid a talking to about ethics and the law--he'll just go out and do it again!"

    Congress can still, and must, after the fact, "reassert its constitutional role in overseeing the domestic surveillance program." Censure does not inhibit that in any way.

    But my and Senator Feingold's view is not unanimous. Some constitutional scholars and lower court opinions support the president's argument that he has inherent authority to go outside the bounds of the law in monitoring the activities of suspected terrorists.

    So what is the point of your view if you're not going to stand up and stand behind it? Leaders are not made of "Well, this is my view, but it's just a view, it's not that important."

    This is weak weak weak weak weak weak weak weak.

    You didn't do it.

    by Earl on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 11:53:16 PM PST

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