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The Constitution

A Presidential flunky, Sara Taylor, shows an appalling lack of knowledge about government service and the constitution. Patrick Leahy gives her a well deserved upbraiding. “I know that the president refers to the government being his government — it’s not” — Patrick Leahy (tip to Eric)




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She did not look comfortable.

While it is appreciated, I wish the Democrats were doing more to the B*sh administration than just making a few flunkies squirm...

"While it is appreciated, I wish the Democrats were doing more to the B*sh administration than just making a few flunkies squirm..."

agreed.

as long as they don't stop skewering these airheads. these days, we need the laughs.

This crap needs to be in the forefront of every newscast, and the press has a duty to the American people to show that the President is out of line. The American press and the elected officials in the Senate and Congress need to step up to these clowns and put the "gut" Check in Checks and Balances.

She's such a fucking dipshit. After seeing the calibre of intellect of BushCheney officials like her, is it any wonder why things are so fucked up?

the sad thing is you know that people in white house and rethugs in Washington who saw this were all probably mocking Leahy the same day over his serious tone, like drunk frat boys on acadamic probation after having been caught holdinga a kegger laughing at the Dean.

They have no respect for "piece of paper", only all the power they can grab from the people

I would say "poor woman" because she's paying for the bigshots.

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PWNT!!~ That little bitch was about to cry!

you just got served, BYOTCH!

I wonder what percentage of Americans have a working knowledge of the U.S. constitution. Maybe Mr. President swore an oath to someone els, rather than to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic? Indeed, the Constitution is just a piece of paper without the power and support that it derives from the people in whose name it was created.

How can something so damn funny be so sad?

comments like "byotch", etc. really aren't terribly helpful...and makes us just as ugly as the other side.

Take the high road. Be pissed, of course, and let it fuel your actions...but don't let your anger pollute the discourse..

goddamn i love leahy. hes definitely top-3 in the senate. dont be down on him for not doing enough, if they were all leahys much more would be done.

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In deed, CNN should play that every hour but that would get in the way of Paris Hilton coverage, which we all know is very,very important to our democracy.

Sadly few Americans have ever bothered to read their constitution. It isn't that big and you don't need a degree to read and understand it, just a modicum of desire.

It is THE foundation of American democracy, THE foundation of the government, and damned few Americans, for all their talk about America the Great, haven't got a clue what it is.

That particular omission in the lazy thinking of Americans has set the country up, made it ripe for the power and money mad criminals that have stolen the birth right of all Americans. Most don't seem to have even noticed.

Any bets that she graduated from a right-wing Christian college?

kiva,

Honestly, I could give a fuck about language. Sure, swearing has problems: it limits your audience, and over-reliance on it can sometimes retard your wit. But language itself is morally neutral, is just a construct; it can be beautiful or ugly, rough or smooth, but is itself empty. What matters is that which is accomplished with it. Everything else is just aesthetics.

If your point is that swearing can obfuscate discourse, I can appreciate that point. But again, that's an aesthetic and practical matter, and I don't think swearing surrenders the moral high road in any way. I would gladly and without a moment's hesitation trade this administration for one that respected the constitution, or didn't get us into pre-emptive wars, yet swore up and down a blue streak.

And really, where does it end? I'm sure there are people who would be mad as shit over your use of the word "pissed." ;)

Kiva's right.

It may be (insert trendy word to indicate a high level of coolness) to use vulgarity, but it proves nothing, and indicates a brief attention span and shallow comprehension. This is real life, not a video game, and it requires real intelligence and real gravitas.

And now, the translation for those whose eyes glazed over:

Using fucking words like bitch, asshole, and all the rest means you mothahhumpahs are just owning your own damn selves, right out in public. Hey, this is the shitz, yo.

Thank you.

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Im sorry senator....constitution? whats that? My president told me it was his government, Do I even have to be here?

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Personally I don't give a fuck about swearing but the "bitch" remark and it's variations are the sort of thing I would expect from repug supporters. The gender of the flunky has no meaning but some feel a need to make gender based insults when they might have actually said something useful instead.

had the flunky been a black Republican, would you have said, "That little jungle bunny was about to cry" ? Or, "That spook was owned"?

No, of course not, you would have recognized how fucked that was. But you did the same thing based on gender.

I'm not defending or feeling sorry for the lieing flunky. I'm suggesting that progressives might want to think, well, more progressively.

Like, oh my God, Leahy is soooo mean. What a jerk. According to dictionary.com, constitution is "the way in which a thing is composed or made up", so, like, what's the big deal?

At the risk of being (more) crude: I certainly hope this woman slept her way to the top. That's the only way I can begin to understand this. Scary, funny and sad, all at once.

And to those appalled by my sexism; please forgive a poetic license. I'll shut up now.

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Its not so much "appalling lack of knowledge" as being caught in such an outright hypocritic rationalization law breaking.

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I bet she has a meaningless 'degree' from Oral Roberts or some other Christian 'college'.

Considering the sheer number of idiots that work for this administration I gotta' wonder, are there that many useful peopel to be sleeping with? Someone is wearing himself out, no doubt, with what must be really long line ups of both genders. Given that merit and real world qualifications don't figure in the current White House hiring policy.

Ah, yes, gravitas. Yes, the problem with our national debate is a lack of gravitas. And here I thought the problem with our discourse was its superficiality.

Only Brit Hume can lead us through this, our darkest hour!

Seriously, craig's comment was, shall we say, lacking in depth. I'll be the first to admit it. But would it honestly be any more intelligent or insightful if he had omitted that one word?

Swearing is an aesthetic issue. I know this will be just unthinkable to some, but principled people can swear sometimes. Intelligent people can swear sometimes. It's just another tool in the toolbox of language.

Case in point: so far not a single person has managed to complain about vulgarity without using a word that someone might consider offensive. Let me guess: you just used it for emphasis, right? You just used it to spice up your comment a little, right? You just used it make a point? Completely different, of course. Not at all like the hoi polloi with their backwards baseball caps and their "spinning rims" and their "Yo! MTV Raps."

ThomasMcCay has a point, though. Now, these days I mostly hear byotch used in a gender-neutral context -- it's basically synonymous with "owned." I've heard it used more often by guys to refer to other guys than to refer to women. I don't think it's intentionally sexist, particularly as it was used here. Still, the word obviously derives from the mindset that women are inferior, so a case could be made that it's implicitly sexist.

I don't understand some comments who consider that a "lousy" university automatically makes a lousy person.

Don't you think many crooks and stupids come out of top universities ?

ok, I'm a bit confused. I didn't say anything about swearing. I was referring to the vile character-attacking and seething anger that comes out at times. Yes, we have every right to be angry - and should be. But your conduct - and words - have consequences. We so frequently complain about the repub's ignorance and tendency to attack the character of people instead of the facts...then it's OK if we do the same?

Again, let anger be your fuel..but do not let it cloud the discussion and bring it down to a fight between neighbors in a trailer park.

MLK was angry, to be sure....but he went about his actions in a primarily dignified manner.

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Kiva, I think there is more than one discussion happening here, the probable source of your confusion.

Like I said, I don't give a fuck about swearing.

Nationelectric, what you said about the term byotch is correct as far as it goes, thanks for bringing that usage up. I'm an old fart I don't always keep up with evolving terms.

Still, the idea behind byotch, owned like a byotch, etc. when used between two males has the same connotation in the end.

The insult is based on feminizing the other guy in the most insulting manner. Says a lot about some of one's deeper thoughts about the value of that gender.

I think it is important only because I have learned through my own personal experiments that the language we use not only reflects our thinking, it molds and effects it as well.

I'm not condemning anyone for their language but I am suggesting that it is worth thinking about. Not just here but in the rest of our lives.

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Kiva, I think there is more than one discussion happening here, the probable source of your confusion.

Like I said, I don't give a fuck about swearing.

Nationelectric, what you said about the term byotch is correct as far as it goes, thanks for bringing that usage up. I'm an old fart I don't always keep up with evolving terms.

Still, the idea behind byotch, owned like a byotch, etc. when used between two males has the same connotation in the end.

The insult is based on feminizing the other guy in the most insulting manner. Says a lot about some of one's deeper thoughts about the value of that gender.

I think it is important only because I have learned through my own personal experiments that the language we use not only reflects our thinking, it molds and effects it as well.

I'm not condemning anyone for their language but I am suggesting that it is worth thinking about. Not just here but in the rest of our lives.

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Baruch, a lousy university gives one a lousy education, it isn't about the character of a person.

It's about real world qualifications, something Bush flunkies are notoriously lacking in. One thing they have in abundance is meaningless degrees from religious colleges and fake universities.

Try moving on to Yale or Harvard for your masters' with a B.A. from Oral Roberts University. These schools are often not recognized by major universitites and neither are their degrees.

The White House has become an important source of employment for students at those so called schools.

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Just for the record, when did the Prez say that this is HIS gov't? I haven't had time to catch his every utterance.

I read your post as being a condemnation of swearing rather than character attacks and reactionary statements. (I think this was the case with bill as well, but that's purely supposition.) I see your point. I do think that people need to blow off steam now and again, and that may as well happen on blogs, I guess, but I generally agree with you. Emotionalism and empty, us-vs.-them attitudes don't get a lot done. (Or rather, get the wrong things done.)

ThomasMcCay - Well put.

(The first paragraph of my prior comment is directed at kiva, of course.)

looks like I wasn't clear in my original posting. I don't give much of a fuck about swearing, either....my issue is with doing the very thing we criticize others about...insults, rage, non-productive discourse, etc. Think of it of wanting more Bill Moyers and less "hardball" or whatever...

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