How is it possible this man is still trusted?

Congress passed a recent law that stated it was important that whomever gets put into the job administering FEMA had better know what the hell he was doing. To wit:

(Courtesy of ThinkProgress)
Sounds great, right? Nope, says Bush. I disagree, so I’m going to ignore you. From the signing statement :

Section 503(c)(2) vests in the President authority to appoint the Administrator, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, but purports to limit the qualifications of the pool of persons from whom the President may select the appointee in a manner that rules out a large portion of those persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office. The executive branch shall construe section 503(c)(2) in a manner consistent with the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.

Bush has said, flat out, that laws made by Congress need never be adhered to, need never be followed by the executive branch. In essence, Congress has lost control of the president. This man has to be removed from office. There’s simply no two ways about it. If even the Congress cannot make laws to oversee and limit bad decisions by the commander in chief, then the basics tenets of our government structure have already been destroyed.
The office of the president has only one tool it can use to moderate laws passed by Congress. He can pass them in full, or he can veto them. That is how our constitution is written. He cannot choose to ‘pass them into law’ but choose not to obey them.
Per Article 1 of the Constitution:

Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it.

I am at a loss how to accomplish this removal. Moreover, I am at a loss to understand why any member of our government still supports this man and his actions.


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2 thoughts on “How is it possible this man is still trusted?

  1. Reasons why Congress isn’t going to do anything about the current president:
    They made him and now they’re scared of him.
    They gave him the power to make anyone an enemy combatant and can be subject to torture and imprisonment if they piss off the president.
    They are thinking quietly in their head “only one more year”
    They are hoping that someone else will do them the favor without having to get their hands dirty
    The Democrats are afraid of being labeled as soft on terror and/or enemies of the state.
    The Republicans are too afraid to go against the “Party Line”.
    The rest of them are too few in number for anyone else to listen.
    The Caribbean is nice, but no one really wants to vacation in Guantanimo Bay.
    He’s the President and, though he’s done drugs and skipped out on military service, thus knows more about the Constitution than anyone else. It doesn’t matter that what Congress learned in high school, if the President says it’s so, it is.
    If they do try to remove him, they will have to admit making a mistake and thus commit political suicide leaving them with no option except to get real jobs.

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