Sunday, April 22, 2007

Ruminations on Reuters News Articles

Dear readers, let me ask you something. When a violent, clearly deranged individual murders over thirty of his fellow students before taking his own life, and he managed to legally purchase the guns he used to carry out his crimes in spite of having commitment to a mental institution on his record, it's a no-brainer that Congress should pass a law that strongly regulates gun sales to the mentally unstable. So why are Democrats reluctant to pass stronger gun control legislation? This isn't rocket science; if someone has a criminal record, especially a violent one, don't sell him a gun. If that individual has a documented history of mental illness, don't sell him anything even remotely resembling a weapon. Yet in Virginia, it is perfectly legal to sell firearms to nutcases. And we have witnessed the tragic result of lax gun laws that allow people who are insane to purchase firearms. But Congress may pass a law tightening regulations on background checks so people judged dangers to themselves and others are prohibited from buying guns? Uh-uh, when you have tragedies like the one that unfolded at Virginia Tech University last week, you don't bother with second thoughts, you fucking do it. Yes, make sure it doesn't infringe on the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms for the purposes of maintaining well-regulated militias. But don't even bother asking whether Congress should pass tighter controls. Because the answer, especially in light of last week's killings, is "YES!"

Let's get one thing clear right now: the president is supposed to answer to Congress, not the other way around. Congress is incapable of defying an executive, because it is in no way Constitutionally subservient to a president. So why is Reuters putting out a headline saying Congress is defying George W. Bush? Take a look at the screen capture:

The saddest part of the travesty of democracy that is the Bush regime is that the lazy mainstream media, long beholden to corporate interests, has succumbed to the asinine notion that the Legislature somehow is supposed to act as merely an extension of the executive branch of government. But that is not how the United States Constitution is written, and anyone with access to that venerable document who has read it can plainly read and understand that undeniable fact. Shame on Reuters for buying into the lie that America is run by a king, and not a representative government.

Finally, today's entry reports on the "raging debate" on what to do about Alberto Gonzalez--the fascist attorney general who, upon the orders of his master, Shrubya, politicized the Department of Justice thereby transforming it into merely another extension of the Bush regime; committed perjury before Congress; and aided in the policy of torture now being used by the U.S. government as a means of stripping uncharged and unconvicted prisoners of their humanity. But there really isn't any need for debate; the guy is guilty as sin, he's demonstrated it time and again, and the course of action is clear: impeach and remove this stormtrooper, with the warning that next it'll be Bush and Cheney's turn. It's as simple as that.

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