Monday, August 27, 2007

Hillary, Gonzales, The Constitution, and Ron Paul

Here is what Hillary said to Chris Matthews this morning at the LiveStrong Presidential Cancer Forum about the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General. She said she hopes that when the next Attorney General "takes an oath to uphold the constitution, he actually means it, understands it, and will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." MSNBC has been playing it tonight about every five minutes.

Good advice. And Gonzales manifestly deserved to go.

But where was Hillary Clinton with her good advice when Bill Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act into law in 1996 - which sought to bring the Internet under the same unconstitutional regulation that the FCC metes out to broadcasters every day, in blatant violation of the First Amendment? (Fortunately, the Supreme Court struck this law down.)

And where was Hillary Clinton when she authorized Bush's taking the country to war in Iraq, without the Declaration of War required by our Constitution? And where was she when Bill Clinton did the same against Serbia?

It's all too easy to make support of the Constitution a political sound-bite, a weapon you can use against your adversaries.

What counts are politicians who do more than mouth the right words - we need people who respect the Constitution in their votes and their actions.

Ron Paul is really the only candidate in either party with a record of unambiguous, clear support of the Constitution - voting against illegal wars and attacks on the First Amendment at every opportunity.

The Democrats, including Hillary, have a lot of good they can contribute to the American people. But they need to start walking the walk as well as talking the talk about following the Constitution.

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