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Alberto Gonzales' says that he and George Bush can deprive us of our right to habeas coupus because the constitution doesn't say we have a right to it. What it says is that the right to habeas corpus shall not be suspended, except under certain conditions.

The fact that the constitution says that habeas corpus can't be suspended means that the right to habeas corpus exists. That means we have a right to it.

Albertos interpretation of the constitution is that it means what it doesn't say. I'm so glad that is his opinion because that means that I, or you, can go to the White House, boot out George Bush, and announce that I am the President of the United States. If confronted by Alberto about this, I would point out that the constitution doesn't say that I can't do that. OK, Alberto, show me in the constitution where it doesn't say that I can't do that.

The constitution is about what it says, it is not and cannot be about what it doesn't say. There are an infinite number of things the constution doesn't say. According to Alberto, you can think up anything you want to do, and if the constitution doesn't say you can't do it, then your're perfectly entitled to do it. When a document in dispute is presented for adjudication, the judge, unless he's a Republican, must rule that the document means exactly what it says and only what it says. No judge, unless he's a Republican, can make decisions based on what a document doesn't say.

Alberto Gonzales and George Bush work for us, they are government employees, they are our hired help. When our employees get wrong what they were hired to do, we can make them get it right or fire them. I'm in favor of the latter.


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