DATE: 1/07/2005 08:46:00 AM
The "Boxer Rebellion" - In 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy was censured by the United States Senate. It was alleged that McCarthy "acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute, to obstruct the constitutional processes of the Senate, and to impair its dignity; and such conduct is hereby condemned." At issue was McCarthy's use of his subcommittee to bring charges against citizens, accusing them of being Communists or in league with Communists.
Yesterday Senator Barbara Boxer, at the urging of people like MoveOn and Michael Moore, stopped the constitutional process to air false charges against the Republican party and the president's re-election campaign. The speeches made in defense of the obstruction consisted mostly of outrage and conjecture. There was no sound reason to stop the Senate from carrying out its constitutionally-mandated duty to certify the electoral college vote. The Senate was certainly stripped of its dignity yesterday, and turned into a forum to question the legitimacy of a president elected with 286 electoral votes and 51 percent of the popular vote.
The Democrats can frame the issue however they want, but what they wanted to do yesterday was disenfranchise the almost 6 million people who voted in Ohio by throwing out the results in that state. This, despite no solid evidence of voter fraud or voting irregularities and a 118,000 vote victory margin by the president. Again, there was no good reason to call into question the legitimacy of a president on the floor of the United States Congress.
For this reason, Senator Barbara Boxer should be censured by the United States Senate for obstructing the constitutional processes of the Senate, bringing dishonor upon that body and impairing its dignity. I hope Republicans have the courage to do what needs to be done to this member of Congress who, for partisan purposes, has tried to make an elected president illegitimate through innuendo and lies.