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Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'
By DOUG THOMPSON  Dec 9, 2005, 07:53

Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to
meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial
USA Patriot Act.

Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period
immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that
liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces
with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose

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.

³I don¹t give a goddamn,² Bush retorted. ³I¹m the President and the
Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.²

³Mr. President,² one aide in the meeting said. ³There is a valid case that
the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.²

³Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,² Bush screamed back. ³It¹s just
a goddamned piece of paper!²

I¹ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all
confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution ³a
goddamned piece of paper.²

And, to the Bush Administration, the Constitution of the United States is
little more than toilet paper stained from all the shit that this group of
power-mad despots have dumped on the freedoms that ³goddamned piece of
paper² used to guarantee.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, while still White House counsel, wrote
that the ³Constitution is an outdated document.²

Put aside, for a moment, political affiliation or personal beliefs. It
doesn¹t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent. It doesn¹t
matter if you support the invasion or Iraq or not.  Despite our differences,
the Constitution has stood for two centuries as the defining document of our
government, the final source to determine ­ in the end ­ if something is
legal or right.

Every federal official ­ including the President ­ who takes an oath of
office swears to ³uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he cringes when someone calls the
Constitution a ³living document.²

³"Oh, how I hate the phrase we have‹a 'living document,¹² Scalia says. ³We
now have a Constitution that means whatever we want it to mean. The
Constitution is not a living organism, for Pete's sake.²

As a judge, Scalia says, ³I don't have to prove that the Constitution
is perfect; I just have to prove that it's better than anything else.²

President Bush has proposed seven amendments to the Constitution over the
last five years, including a controversial amendment to define marriage as a
³union between a man and woman.²  Members of Congress have proposed some
11,000 amendments over the last decade, ranging from repeal of the right to
bear arms to a Constitutional ban on abortion.

Scalia says the danger of tinkering with the Constitution comes from a loss
of rights.

³We can take away rights just as we can grant new ones,² Scalia warns.
³Don't think that it's a one-way street.²

And don¹t buy the White House hype that the USA Patriot Act is a necessary
tool to fight terrorism. It is a dangerous law that infringes on the rights
of every American citizen and, as one brave aide told President Bush,
something that undermines the Constitution of the United States.

But why should Bush care? After all, the Constitution is just ³a goddamned
piece of paper.²

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