Bush Ignores Congress

Ok. I’ve had it. I’ve really had it. Almost two hours ago, President Bush appointed (the very unqualified) John Bolton to the represent the United States of America at the United Nations — IGNORNING the Senate Foriegn Relations Committee, who, with all Democrats opposed, and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), was unable to send a recomendation to the floor. Even after filibusters–the President defies the Senate.

Bush said he was using his constitutional power. Where in the Constitution does it say that the commander-in-chief can use cheap tactics for partisan gain? And all you right-wingers out there, don’t tell me that he “has the right to make recess appointments”–sure he does–but there isn’t a soul out there that can’t defend Bush waiting UNTIL the Senate going on recess to appoint Bolton. There is no current pressing issue at the United Nations.

Both President Bush and “Ambassador” Bolton say we need U.N. Reform. Where did this come from, and what needs to be reformed in the United Nations? Ok, Oil-for-Food scandal. Gotcha. But what else? Does anyone hear anything from the UN? Last I knew, they were talking about Bill Clinton replacing Kofi Annan (that, I would enthusiastically support).

This is truly disgusting. With hardly any allies left, all we need is for John Bolton to alienate the United Nations, and further destory any hopes of salvaging decent foriegn relations abroad. Now with a majority in congress, and an unfit ambassador representing us all–not the administration–but the people of the United State of America, giving you and me a bad reputation to every country in the world–(remember, they believe we “elected Bush”…even though it was only you guys in the red states who elected Bush), what’s next on Bush’s agenda?

Who would I appoint? The only man other than Bill Clinton fit to represent the people of the United States of America at the United Nations. A diplomat with foriegn policy experience, and immense knowledge of the enviornment: Al Gore.

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11 Responses to Bush Ignores Congress

  1. Hannah says:

    I could not agree with you more. I am just as disgusted as you are. I couldn’t believe it as soon as a heard the news. This appointment was deceitful, and does not represent good judgement by any stretch of the imagination.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let’s use our constitutional rights and impeach George Bush.

  3. Ben says:

    While I’d love to impeach him–enough Senators are in support of Bolton, so on the grounds of abusing the power of recess appointments–do we have enough grounds to do so? I suppose you could argue that Bush knew of Abu Ghraib, as Nixon knew about Watergate…

    By the way, The Daily Show (yeah I know, fake news) last night showed the article from Tuesday’s New York Times, which reported (as does Democracy Now) that Bolton was booed as he entered the United Nations, when he arrived on Monday.

  4. Jay says:

    Bill Clinton on Recess Appointments

    On December 27, 2000 – a little more than three weeks before leaving office, Bill Clinton made the following remarks about the recess appointment of a judge to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:

    “I am honored today to announce my (recess) appointment of Roger Gregory, one of Richmond’s most respected trial lawyers, to fill an emergency vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. I will re-nominate him when Congress returns in January, and I urge the Senate to confirm him…

    In closing, let me say I have not come to this decision lightly. I have always respected the Senate’s role in the appointment process. Indeed, I have made far fewer recess appointments than President Reagan did in his eight years, and I believe that the record on that is perfectly clear.

    On the other hand, I am compelled by the facts and history to do what I can to remedy an injustice that for too long has plagued the Fourth Circuit, and that I have tried for too long to remedy in the established way.

    As President, it is my constitutional responsibility to see that justice for all is not just what we promise, it’s what we practice. That is the principle behind my appointment of this distinguished American today.”

    (SOURCE: The Clinton Presidential Materials Project, The National Archives)

    http://www.cnsnews.com/facts/2003/facts20030917.asp

  5. Jay says:

    How many? Bush has named 106 officials by recess appointment, many of them judges. By comparison, President Bill Clinton made 140 recess appointments over two terms.
    How high up? Nearly all presidents have used this power, usually to fill minor posts, although President Dwight Eisenhower filled three Supreme Court vacancies this way for Justices Earl Warren, William Brennan and Potter Stewart. Also of note, President John F. Kennedy appointed Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
    News services

  6. Myron says:

    Republican Presidential Choice 2008
    Far Right Wing

  7. Jay says:

    All presidents use this power it’s not “unconstitutional”. You win an election- this is the power you gain. Even the left’s beloved Bill Clinton used recess appointments as a means of “circumventing” the Senate (although that’s not the only thing he “used” during his presidency). In short, recess appointments are not uncommon, unconstitutional, or un-called for. The only thing “un-called for” in this whole situation is the left whining like a bunch of little spoiled brats over this whole thing. Here’s an idea! Why doesn’t the left stop crying and win an election? Then they could make as many recess appointments as they want!

    P.S. It doesn’t look like the left will win anything in the near future if the Hilldabeast is their front-runner for president.

  8. Rachel says:

    Of course, Bush would never ask Gore to do it! It all has to be as righty as righty gets. Actually, I think it’s getting to be more than righty – it’s a new party! Even right wingers hate him…

    Grr…

    -finishes rant-

  9. Ben says:

    It says in your “clipping”, Jay, that it was an EMERGENCY appointment. Bush knew he didn’t have the votes, so he ABUSED HIS POWER.

  10. Ben says:

    You have it right, Rachel. Hopefully we’ll pick up more votes in the mid-terms (from voters fed-up from W’s screw-ups), enough to vote down Bolton with an amazing majority in January ’07. Even Paul Hackett’s loss in Ohio yesterday was a still victory for us–only 3,500 votes seperated in one of the most Conservative districts in Ohio. We’re on the comback train.

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