Tuesday, May 23, 2006

WHERE DO CHICKENS COME TO ROOST? THE HOME . . . OR IS IT THE HOUSE

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives -- those would be the governmental employees who've barely raised so much as a peep over the past year regarding abuses of Executive Power, including warrantless wiretaps and other fun stuff -- have got themselves worked into a tizzy over "the FBI's weekend search of the House office of a Louisiana Democrat under investigation for bribery."

Well isn't that a shame.

After Justice Department officers searched his office, "based in part on [his] refusal to comply with a subpoena for documents that was issued last summer," Democratic Representative William Jefferson of Louisiana called this action an "outrageous intrusion" (emphasis added).

Well isn't that a shame.

In a rare showing of bipartisanism, House Majority Leader John Boehner expressed shock, telling reporters that Congress would address "this issue of the Justice Department's invasion of the legislative branch. In what form, I don't know," and even Speaker-of-the-House, Dennis Hastert said that "the Justice Department had never before crossed a line that separates Congress from the executive branch by searching a congressional office while investigating a member of Congress."

Well isn't that a shame.

These self-interested power-seekers have all but told the American people -- their employers -- that they don't give a damn about them. About their privacy, their liberty, their safety. Nothing. Yet when the out-of-control arm of government that they've refused to tie down comes for them . . . well, whattaya know, they circle the wagons.

In November, remember who these guys really work for: themselves.

And that, my friends, truly is a shame.

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