Lying to get us into war is no problem. Executing a war in such a poor fashion is no problem. Violating the civil rights of millions of Americans – ehh it’s ok. Violating the Constitution by vigorous use of “signing statements” – well they will give him a pass. All that doesn’t matter, but immigration does:
Several Republican lawmakers have sharply criticized the imprisonment of two border agents who were convicted of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler in the back and attempting to cover it up.
Appeals to President Bush to pardon the two men, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, have increased since one was assaulted by fellow inmates in a federal prison last weekend.
Yesterday, two Republican Congressmen had strong words to say about Bush, with one even threatening impeachment.
“Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., blasted President Bush for not intervening in the case, with Rohrabacher hinting that he would consider pressing for impeachment if either of the two agents was killed in prison,” Dave Montgomery reports for McClatchy Newspapers.
“Now, I tell you, Mr. President, if these men — especially after this assault — are murdered in prison, or if one of them lose their lives, there’s going to be some kind of impeachment talk in Capitol Hill,” Rohrabacher said.
This case is definitely weird, but if the Republicans would have paid attention to other actions of the administration then it might have been avoidable. When we got an Attorney General who believes Habeas Corpus does not apply to all citizens, we got a problem. When we can imprison an American Citizen like Jose Padilla for years without facing a judge then we got a problem.
Dana Rohrabacher needs to talk to his own party about their lack of oversight and their threats against Democrats when it comes to “impeachment” talk about Bush. If all the details of this case are true then it is really bad. True a lot worse has happened during this Presidency and those merit just the same amount of attention, if not more.