Santa Gives 37,000 Copies of Constitution to Bush for Christmas

December 22, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Santa Claus Delivers U.S. Constitution to President George W. BushSanta Claus made an early delivery this year, stopping at the White House on Thursday to give President George W. Bush more than 37,000 copies of the U.S. Constitution which citizens want him to read before he makes his New Year’s resolutions. Santa, in the form of constitutional lawyer Bill Goodman, said: “While I was going over the list of who’s been naughty and nice, I heard from many people who feel the President hasn’t been doing a very good job of upholding his oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution…These Constitutions will make great holiday reading. I want to be sure that the President has plenty of time to look at them before he decides on his New Year’s resolutions.”

The project, the brainchild of the Center for Constitutional Rights, was intended to reacquaint the President with the news that international treaties we sign, including the Geneva Convention, are the law of the land; that the Constitution forbids spying on Americans and torturing them without a warrant; and that prisoners are entitled to a fair hearing on charges made against them.

The letters accompanying the gifts said:

Dear President Bush:

Enclosed, please find a copy of the U.S. Constitution. I wish you’d make some time in your busy schedule to read it.

I would have hoped that you’d be pretty familiar with it already, because you have at least three times in your life taken a solemn oath to uphold, protect and defend it, but all the signs indicate that you either don’t know what’s in it, or you don’t care.

For example, do you recall what the Constitution says about habeas corpus? It’s only 26 words, and they are very clear: ‘The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.’

So, what were you thinking when you signed the Detainee Treatment Act, which does precisely what the Constitution forbids by suspending habeas corpus?

And while you’re at it, why not take a look at Article VI, part of which seems to have escaped your notice: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”

If you understand that treaties are the law of the land, where do you get the nonsense you put out on a regular basis about torture? Because, as surely someone in the White House must be aware, the U.S. is a signatory to the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

GuantanamoThe convention against torture makes a clear statement, which (according to the Constitution) is the “Law of the Land:” “For the purposes of this Convention, the term ‘torture’ means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”

Just read it, Mr. President. And then uphold, protect and defend it, like you swore you would.

Gift our fearless leader with another copy of the Constitution, lest he need a refresher course. Read about the state of affairs in Washington.

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One Response to “Santa Gives 37,000 Copies of Constitution to Bush for Christmas”

  1. Eric Peterson on January 6th, 2008 7:14 pm

    When a person cannot deceive himself, the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.