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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Nancy Pelosi foolishly violates Constitution... and, perhaps, the federal Logan Act...

Linked below are two articles related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's arrogant extra-constitutional activities in which she inserted herself, foolishly and detrimentally, into federal foreign affairs and diplomacy---against the wishes of the President of the United States.

Mme. Pelosi presumed to substitute herself and her own faulty judgment for that of President Bush and Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice, in foreign policy and diplomacy, without having been elected to a position which affords her the right to do so.

The President is the only elected official who is elected by all of the American people in a national election. Pelosi was only elected to represent California's House District that comprises the uber-liberal San Francisco area.

Being elected Speaker of the House by a slim majority of House members does not grant Pelosi presidential powers, diplomatic powers held by the Secretary of State, or a mandate to meddle in and manipulate powers granted specifically to the Executive Branch of government by the U.S. Constitution. It is not her right to expand Legislative Branch powers to suit herself and her grandiose idea of her importance..

Pelosi's engagment in an illicit shadow presidency and making a grab for Executive Branch powers is unacceptable. Her delusions of grandeur and self-inflated importance are increasingly making a joke of her and like-minded fellow Democrats in Congress. They would be well-advised to kick her to the curb.

I agree with Jerry Zeifman. Pelosi should resign. She has seriously abused her limited powers as Speaker of the House, abused House Rules, and may well have violated federal law---namely the Logan Act.

More in the following articles and also here, "Pelosi's Syria diplomacy a felony? Former State Department official sees possible violation of Logan Act."
"Nancy Pelosi Should Resign" by Jerry Zeifman here

"Nancy Pelosi has persistently violated her duty to exercise her speaker powers in accordance with the Constitution and the current "106th Congress House Rules Manual" (House Document 106-320). In short, she has fostered what is known as "tyranny by the majority" — and violated House Rules that give her the duty to maintain order, civility, and decorum, and to foster "comity" (a word rarely used these days, meaning "mutual respect")...."

"Currently, Pelosi, who is second in line to the president, often describes herself as a partner in his power — a higher role than the Constitution grants to the vice president, who is first in the line of secession — and whose only official duties are confined to presiding over the Senate..."
"Ironically, history is now repeating itself. Our first woman Speaker Pelosi may well deserve to become the second Democratic speaker to be compelled to resign from Congress. The prior history of Democratic Speaker Jim Wright is now being repeated by Nancy Pelosi..."
"Pelosi is Our Neville Chamberlain" by Ronald Kessler here

"With her trip to Syria, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi achieved two things: She undercut her own credibility in Washington, and she spotlighted what is wrong with the Democrats' approach to national security.

The spectacle of Pelosi making nice with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in Damascus and accepting at face value his claim that he is ready to "resume the peace process" with Israel had a large portion of official Washington tittering..."

Moreover, Pelosi misrepresented Israel's position to Assad, announcing that she had delivered a message from Olmert that "Israel was ready to engage in peace talks" with Syria. Olmert quickly issued a statement denying that.

Even the Washington Post saw through the charade. "Ms. Pelosi not only misrepresented Israel's position but was virtually alone in failing to discern that Mr. Assad's words were mere propaganda," an editorial in the paper said. The editorial added that "Ms. Pelosi's attempt to establish a shadow presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish...

Pelosi's willingness to undercut the president and accept the word of the chief of state of a sponsor of terrorism is on a par with the Democrats' effort to set a timetable for fighting the war in Iraq. It brings to mind the efforts of Joseph P. Kennedy, the founder of the Kennedy dynasty, to appease Adolf Hitler...

"Speaker Pelosi is the Neville Chamberlain of our time," said Brad Blakeman, a Republican strategist who was an aide in the Bush White House. "Cowering to and appeasing the dictator of a terrorist state was a disgrace to the high office she holds. The Sryians used this visit to validate their bad behavior by propagandizing the whole visit and her anti-war stance."

The Pelosi visit underscores that, when it comes to dealing with our enemies, the Democrats live in a dream world. Yet when another terrorist attack occurs in the U.S., they will be the first to say President Bush did not do enough to protect the country..."

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