Monday, December 1, 2008
Hillary's comments on accepting Sec of State
I am not posting any transcript.
It is my belief that Hillary is a wrong choice in this position for the USA, for Obama and for the world. Hillary has a history of telling lies. (Bosnia under gunfire) and of bending the rules of law (see clinton chronicles - Mena airport, arkansas). She is also vicious, and nasty and I beleive she will create enemies from anyone who does not agree with her or accept her views.
Hillary was very nasty to Obama during the campaign. When she lost the nomination, she demanded to be given the VP (running mate) job and as soon as Obama was elected, she immediately switched to demanding to be given the Secretary of State job.
If she had not been given this position, I beleive that in the senate, she would have done anything she could to undermine Obama's authority as president, possibly even crossing the floor to vote against him - never mind what her constituents wanted.
And to make things even worse - Hillary being given this job goes against the constitution as explained below by Michael Rivero of WRH.
Article One, Section Six of the U.S. Constitution says:
No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.
Essentially, you cannot take a job if the salary was increased during your current congressional term. And the salary for cabinet officials has gone up in the past year. Even if it is lowered back down, constitutional scholars say that may not be enough to fix the problem.
The question is whether this would be an issue at confirmation - if Clinton is nominated to the post - and who would raise it. Senators traditionally grant their colleagues some deference and it could be considered politics at its worst if Republicans try to block her nomination with this argument. But senators may be loathe to vote for something scholars tell them is unconstitutional.
But the moment Obama makes the nomination, he violates the Constitution.
Obama is a Constitutional Lawyer. He should already KNOW this.
For more information - see Judicial Watch.