Impeachment Needed

A lot of people throw the word “treason” around frivolously, and an equal number are too timid about using it when it is the fact. This is not a case of treason, but it sure as hell is a crime: Venezuela sending cheap oil to Massachusetts:

The agreement gives President Hugo Chavez’s government standing as a provider of heating assistance to poor U.S. residents at a time when U.S. oil companies have been reluctant to do so and Congress has failed to expand aid in response to rising oil prices.

U.S. Rep. William Delahunt of Massachusetts, a Democrat, met with Chavez in August and helped broker the deal.

The Representative (we can drop the “honorable gentleman” part) Delahunt needs to be impeached for violations of the Logan Act:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

To my knowledge, no one has been convicted or impeached under the Logan Act. It is time to change that.

Our constitution is designed with a separation of powers. Negotiations with foreign governments is the privilege of the Executive and the State Department. The end. I didn’t like the way Clinton and Albright handled things, but I sure as hell didn’t want Gingrich or Pete Sessions going around them to negotiate trade deals with the Bosnians. If you want to do the things that are the purveyance of the executive, win the fucking election. You don’t get to lose the election and still run the country. Try harder next time.

This is bullshit. Congress needs to reassert the constitution and put this ass in his place — on the curb and the unemployment rolls. Article II, Section 1. Read it, asshole:

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.

While you are at it, read Article I, Section 10:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

Massachusetts needs to have its pee-pee whacked.

9 Comments

  1. Citizen Quasar says:

    Does “The Logan Act” refer to sovereign Citizens of the United States of America or to citizen subjects of the corporation known as the United States of America? To my understanding, U.S. Rep. William Delahunt of Massachusetts is not only a member of the latter, he is also an corporate officer of it.

  2. Phelps says:

    The Logan Act was passed in the 1790s, IIRC.

  3. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    You said pee pee

  4. The Comedian says:

    Constitutional definition of Treason
    http://www.house.gov/Constitution/Constitution.html

    Article. III.
    Section. 3.
    Clause 1: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

    http://216.239.51.104/search?q=cache:bqCVJDcnO4QJ:volokh.com/posts/chain_1098295109.shtml+%22adhering+to+their+Enemies%22&hl=en&client=firefox-a

  5. Phelps says:

    No, it isn’t treason. But it is certainly “freelance diplomacy”, which is exactly what the Article I Sec 10 and the Logan Act prohibit.

  6. I’m not sure how this qualifies as diplomacy, unless you’re expanding the term to encompass all international trade with countries that have nationalized industries. Ee.g.: when Walmart buys consumer electronics from a state owned manufacturer in China, is it violating the Logan Act?

  7. Phelps says:

    When a state official meets with another state official to hammer out a trade deal, that is diplomacy. If Arlin Spector brokers a deal with Hu Jintao for cheap steel for Pittsburg, that is diplomacy. And illegal.

  8. Citizen Quasar says:

    People may choose either of two identites in the U.S. …Oh never mind.

  9. R says:

    “I’m not sure how this qualifies as diplomacy, unless you’re expanding the term to encompass all international trade with countries that have nationalized industries. Ee.g.: when Walmart buys consumer electronics from a state owned manufacturer in China, is it violating the Logan Act?”

    We’ve got economic treaties that have been made by our government prior to this that facilitate Wal-Mart making Chinese children cry.