Democrats Take Pre-Emptive Action
"Why won't Condoleeza Rice testify under oath?" The question is bellowed and echoed by partisan politicians and pundits who know perfectly well the legitimate reason why not, but who are betting that the Public doesn't
Simply put, the 9/11 Commission is a creation of the U.S. Congress. Dr. Rice is an Adviser to the President, and as such is not subject to Congressional oversight. In their wisdom, the framers of our Constitution hedged against despotism by separating the powers of government among three branches. The Legislative Branch has checks and balances on the Executive Branch, which are spelled out in the Constitution;* it is a matter of settled law that these do not include compelling the President (or by extension, his National Security Adviser) to testify before Legislative Branch tribunals.
Dr. Rice already has testified before the 9/11 Commission in private session, and has openly expressed her willingness to do so again, as much as the Commission wants; so, what makes people who know better demand that she testify publicly? There are several possible, non-conflicting explanations:
1. The 9/11 Commission is comprised mostly of politicians -- make that has-been politicians -- and their lust for Television "face-time" may exceed the limits of their self-control. Since most of the commissioners are retired from politics, they have no "handlers" to keep them on a short leash, which spells a near certainty of grandstanding.
2. Democrat partisans on the Commission, in the active-duty segment of the Party, and in the Media are hungry for an opportunity to embarrass President Bush, turning the hot lights and rubber hose on his National Security Adviser will yield grist for the anit-Bush propaganda mills at the DNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, NYT, AP, etc...
This will be so, even if Dr. Rice gives brilliant and unimpeachable testimony. Media expertise at presenting news in a way that suits their favored viewpoint is legendary. I have experienced first-hand the skill of Network TV News editors at couching a soundbyte here and a soundbyte there within narration to completely mis-represent what I said. Fortunately, they were not hostile toward me personally, as they are toward Condoleeza Rice. Relatively few Americans will watch or listen to the actual testimony, so Dr. Rice's testimony will be whatever the News Media says it was.
3. If Dr. Rice stands on the principle of the Separation of Powers and refuses to testify publicly, the Democrats get a free "Aha!" By charging that "she must have something to hide." For the President's opponents it seems like a no-lose situation. However, this tactic may bite back, if the hysteria of the demands for public testimony actually capture the interest of the Public, and large numbers of Americans see or hear Dr. Rice's testimony for themselves. Hostile Commissioners, unfiltered by sympathetic news editors, will not look good compared to the wise, forthright, honest, well-spoken and intellectually brilliant woman (unfiltered by hostile news editors) who they hope to undo. In fact, Democrats who are insisting that Dr. Rice testify publicly may help realize the very fears that compose their next reason for demanding that she do so.
4. Condoleeza Rice is the Democrats' worst nightmare. She is an African-American woman, who used to be a Democrat. Without the benefit of affirmative action or independent wealth she has become highly educated, accomplished, and extremely successful, thanks to her own abilities and initiative. She is positive, optimistic, attractive, articulate and moral. She is one of the most powerful and influential Blacks in America, and one of the most powerful and influential women in the World. She is a loyal member of a Republican administration, and her name is frequently mentioned in the same breath with Vice President Cheney's heart condition.
The Democrat Party styles itself the savior of African Americans, yet African Americans are still complaining of the same woes that afflicted them in the 1960's when they first lashed themselves to the mast of the Democrat ship, and those Blacks who have risen to the top in national Democrat politics are hustlers and buffoons like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Maxine Waters.**
The vision offered by the Democrat Party to African Americans is "follow us and you can be an angry, embittered and alienated carnival act." Condoleeza Rice, as a Republican candidate for Vice President, would say to African Americans, "America is The Land of Opportunity, and its promise is available to every American willing to pursue it, irrespective of race, gender or background, and the Republican Party is the Party that believes in those promises."
Condoleeza Rice is therefore a dangerous woman. Dangerous to the future of the Democrat Plantation. That is why Democrats are now intent on destroying her credibility. The truth is on Dr. Rice's side, pray the God of Justice that her enemies fall into the pit they are digging for her.
*On a side note, it is a fascinating irony that some in the Legislative Branch are so anxious to encroach upon the Executive's Constitutional powers, yet do not show the least inclination to resist the plundering of Legislative Branch powers by the Judicial Branch.
**yes, yes, and
Bill Clinton, the first Black President.
Posted by larry_naselli
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