The Imperial Speakership

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There has been much wailing, gnashing of teeth, and general screeching coming from the left bemoaning the "imperial presidency" of George Bush. Their rusty-hinge, fingernails-on-a-blackboard yowling would mean a bit more if they also condemned the Speaker of the House and her unabashed foray into foreign affairs. Which is not her constitutional duty or responsibility. And yet Pelosi is planning to jaunt to Syria.

I have no use for the members of congress – from either party – meddling in international relations. It is simply insane to have hundreds of voices all trying to speak for the US government. The expression that too many cooks spoil the broth applies here. There are constitutional duties assigned to each of the branches of our government. Congress has no business crossing those lines.

As Ed Morrisey points out, Pelosi's regime in the House is working to condemn an ally, Turkey, for a genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago – not by Turkey (which overthrew the Ottomans). And Pelosi is jaunting off to visit a hereditary dictator in a country long at odds with the United States. What's wrong with this picture?

Nobody in this nation – not one single voter – elected Nancy Pelosi to the presidency. It would be a good idea for her to realize that before she completely jumps the shark and the voters come to realize what a disaster this is bringing down on this nation and the world. But, being Pelosi, she won't and the voters will wake up. There is a real danger here for the Democrats, whether they are going to realize it in time or not. Their promises to the voters that got them elected are being ignored while the Speaker intrudes into matters that are not her responsibility. The voters will not be amused by an Imperial Speakership.

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4 Responses to The Imperial Speakership

  1. crosspatch says:

    I wrote an article on this subject over at macsmind today. Pelosi is basically organizing a circus act and so far Syria is the only town that has signed up to host the show. Our friends in the region would probably resent being used as a pawn in Pelosi’s domestic political games.

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  3. Defogger says:

    “The voters will not be amused by an Imperial Speakership.”

    I sincerely hope you are right, Gaius, but I am not optimistic about the wisdom, or even the awareness, of the electorate. I find that most people are pretty ignorant about the Constitution, its meaning, or about how it is largely unheeded by the Left.

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