Democrats in Congress Capitulate to Bush Show Trials
Yesterday, we watched Barack Obama break another promise: He reinstated George W. Bush’s separate-and-unequal system of kangaroo court show trials, with a set of rules rigged to result in the conviction of people prejudged to be guilty.
When George W. Bush put this system in place, some Democrats in Congress went along with the unconstitutional scheme, but some congressional Democrats resisted. This morning, I can’t find signs of any Democrats in Congress who are standing against the use of unjust military tribunals.
Not even the supposedly progressive Democrats of Congress are standing in the way of this autocratic move by Obama. The leaders of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives are silent. John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich aren’t doing a thing. In the Senate, Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer are saying nothing. Even Bernard Sanders, the Democratic-aligned independent from Vermont, offered no dissent.
The new mantra of the Democrats in Congress: It’s okay if Obama does it. The Democratic Party seems to have taken just a few weeks to adopt the same corrupt position in disregard of the Constitution that they spent years criticizing when it came from the GOP. It’s never been more clear that if you want someone to uphold and defend the Constitution, a Democrat won’t get the job done.