James Leroy Wilson's blog

Sunday, April 29, 2007

They're Both Right

Thursday's Lewrockwell.com there was suuposedly a "point-counterpoint" between Pat Buchanan and Lew Rockwell on the Attorney-firing "scandal." Buchanan believes the President should fight Congress over Congressional subpeonas of Administration staff, and he makes a strong argument. And Rockwell doesn't actually dispute it, writing only about how, under the Constituiton, the President is just a temporary manager with few powers. I agree with Rockwell, too.

But the Attorney firing scandal is about as frivolous an issue as I've seen. If a President can't even fire officials in the Executive Branch without Congressional oversight, then he's essentially stripped of his Constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

President Bush has violated the Constitution too many times to count; why investigate him for somehting he's legally and Constitutionally entitled to do?

1 comment:

  1. There is some indication that at least some of the firings were done to obstruct investigations. Moreover, even if something is technically within presidential authority, Congress still has the obligation to exercise oversight over how that authority is used or abused.