Phil Harris

I hate writing about Senator Hagel of Nebraska. This man is one-half of the State's voice in the U.S. Senate, and he cannot decide if he is a Republican or a Democrat on critical national issues. Does this mean that he is independent and thus, his is a voice for which we should be grateful?

The distinction is, in fact, very important. By electing our Senators and Representatives, citizens are given a voice in the Federal government. That citizen voice belongs in Congress, not in the office of the President, except for the opportunity every four years, when we can speak on the subject of who should occupy the office.

Senator Hagel is unable to decide if we should carry a big stick or simply lie down and play dead. Senator Hagel does not seem to know, if he wants to be President, is the President, or if we simply do not need a strong President after all.

The following is a snip from an AP news story that I read on the FoxNews website, and it has once again forced me to write about my least favorite subject on earth.

GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a frequent critic of the war, stopped short of calling for Bush's impeachment. But he made clear that some lawmakers viewed that as an option should Bush choose to push ahead despite public sentiment against the war.

"Any president who says, I don't care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don't care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed — if a president really believes that, then there are — what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that," said Hagel, who is considering a 2008 presidential run.

Allow me a few moments to interpret the Senator's comments. Senator Hagel believes that a President, who leads according to principles, rather than by testing the political winds with his moistened finger, is completely off the reservation. Senator Hagel believes that if a sitting President insists that his policy or decision is correct, even though that decision or policy differs significantly with the slobbery spin from the opposition party, the ultimate course of action is to impeach the man.

Perhaps our founders put too much emphasis on the office of President. It seems that Senator Hagel believes that we only need a good listener in the post. Someone who can present the will of the people, as interpreted by major news organizations and their "neutral" journalists. The ideal President should then puff it all up by making flowery speeches, free from tangled tongue and mangled pronunciations.


Phil Harris

Phil Harris is a software engineer, author of Cry for the Shadows and blogs at Citizen Phil.

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