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Dennis Rehberg: Ironic Devil

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You've got to be impressed with Dennis
Rehberg's chutzpah. For him to write in glowing terms about the
Constitution after supporting this President's assault on the
document over and over again is nothing short of remarkable. In
today's IR,
Rehberg writes

The framers of our Constitution created a document that
has withstood the test of time, and their shadow continues to be a
constant presence in the work I’m doing in Washington, D.C.,
on behalf of Montana. This week, let us all pay homage and remember
those who first sacrificed in order to give us what we have today.

Maybe Dennis just meant Article I. I'd like to remind him of some
other important parts of the Constitution he seems to have
forgotten:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,
papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,
shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon
probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly
describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to
be seized.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise
infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand
jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in
the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public
danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be
twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in
any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived
of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor
shall private property be taken for public use, without just
compensation.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to
a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and
district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which
district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be
informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be
confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory
process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the
assistance of counsel for his defense.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

For the very people who have stripped the Constitution of its core
protections to wax poetic about it is pretty shameful.  History will show how craven this President and his lap dogs in Congress were, by simple comparison. The men who wrote the Constitution did so when we were incredibly vulnerable, a weak semi-nation threatened by any number of European powers. Yet threatened as they were, they upheld the principles of liberty in the face of incredible odds. For member of government in the most powerful country that has ever existed to lack that courage is shameful and weak.

The Constitution is more than rhetoric and letters to the editor, Congressman.


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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