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Presidential Power, Part III

Monday, December 19, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The collapse of the Democratic Party’s credibility on issues of national security is accelerating, and none of the senior leadership appears to be aware of how they presenting themselves and their party to the party. They are asserting that the president does not have the authority to conduct warrantless surveillance of Americans in this country communicating with Al Qaeda operatives abroad. They are also asserting that they would rather the Patriot Act lapse than accept the compromise supported by majorities in both chambers and the president.

Russ Feingold and Carl Levin are leading the braying, and I hope they will propose an amendment of some sort specifying their position on the warrantless surveillance and that the House will take up a similar proposal. It is vitally important that the record be crystal clear about the left’s view of presidential power.

The Senate Democrats could even propose a Constituional Amendment outlining their absurd view. The American people need extended exposure to the fecklessness of the Democrats when it comes to national security. The party has become so deeply infected by Michael Moore/Howard Dean/Nancy Pelosi defeatism that it has truly lost any sense of where the American public stands on the issue of defending the country against devastating terrorist attacks.

“We will not tolerate a president who believes that he is the sole decision-maker when it comes to the policies that this country should have in the war against terror and the policies we should have to protect the rights of completely innocent Americans,” Feingold thundered today. He should back up his shrill histrionics with legilsative proposals. They will be defeated, because his view of the Constitution is an extreme one, and one which will never muster even close to majoritarian support in the Congress, much less enough to override a certain presidential veto, or the onerous process of actually amending the Constitution to reflect his self-destructive understanding of presidential power.

But he should try. If he is other than a poser, he will.

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