Bush wiping his nose on the Constitution: ‘It’s just a goddamned piece of paper’

David Isenberg points to this article, Capitol Hill Blue: Bush on the Constitution: ‘It’s just a goddamned piece of paper’, which includes this passage about an argument over the Patriot Act:

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

I’ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution “a goddamned piece of paper.”

As David points out, this is the “piece of paper” that Mr. Bush is sworn to protect and defend. That he views it this way is proof that he doesn’t believe the ideas written on the paper and, if that is the case, he should be impeached today. Not tomorrow, but now. All the talk of bringing liberty and freedom to the world, of being a shining light, that Bush doles out in platitudinous floods means nothing if he believes that the ideas in the Constitution, which limit his power, are not important.

Presidents do not get to talk this way. Presidents that talk this way are not patriots, rather they are tyrants waiting for the rest of America to believe the Constitution is “a goddamned piece of paper” so that they can take power and make everything “right” by the tyrant’s standards.

Impeach this president now, don’t let him trample on this nation’s founding ideas.

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