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  •  This bill beats the hell out of doing nothing... (0+ / 0-)

    which is what a sizable majority of the MOC's want to do.  W isn't going to be impeached, much less arrested.  Hell, he's not likely to be censured.

    Regardless of what Art I, Sec 8 says, the last prez to actually seek a formal declaration of was was FDR on 12/8/41.  I seem to recall a military action or 2 that have taken place since then.  Hell, LBJ put American troops directly into combat w/o a declaration, and Nixon extended the war into Cambodia w/o any Cong authorization.

    The current WH clearly pushes the edge of the envelope, but what they're doing isn't totally unprecedented.  Whatever brave souls like DeFazio can do to try and stop this madness is fine by me.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Fri May 05, 2006 at 07:08:27 AM PDT

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    •  Well, I`m forced to agree (1+ / 0-)
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      ... as far as it goes.  I don`t like it, but you`re right, anything is better than nothing.

      My problem is, when people get the "anything", they often settle for it and stop there.

      Besides, I think that a Rethuglican-controlled Congress should be almost irrelevant to arresting someone.  Couldn`t Washington, D.C. cops put cuffs on him at some point?  I`ve seen pictures of them standing close enough to.  They have more than sufficient justification to make a lawful arrest.  I know a lot of people are going to think I`m being ridiculously naïve here, but that people think that when these things are stated seems to me an extreme problem.  None of these things should be unusual or unthinkable, they should be the norm.  People - everyone - should be held to the law, most especially the lowest citizen in the land (the President, who supposedly has every citizen of the USA as her/his boss).

      If Bush starts a war with Iran, cops go to his house and freaking arrest him.  Why is this a problem, or unusual?

      "Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization." - Eugene Debs

      by Smyslov on Fri May 05, 2006 at 07:35:11 AM PDT

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