A sometimes commenter and full time critic of The Elephant Bar, habu, posted a comment that stated,
Will someone tell me how you can conduct an entire thread on whether Nancy Pelosi stepped over the line in leading a trip to Syria and NO ONE mentions the Logan Act?"
Habu received a response:
Mrs. Pelosi does not fall under the Logan Act because she is NOT a regular citizen; rather, she is the Speaker of the House, third in line in ascendancy. If we wish to exclude Mrs. Pelosi, we must first change the Constitution - .a small detail, to be sure, but one that sticks in the craw. Of course, we could make things up as is the way of DR, but that would not be Constitutional.
Sat Apr 07, 02:55:00 AM EDT
There is a difference between custom and law. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have broken a custom of past presidents not criticizing the sitting president. Bush Senior and Richard Nixon adhered to the tradition. Distasteful activity is not criminal activity. Clinton and Carter are not going to be charged with the Logan Act because they are not ordinary citizens.
Jesse Jackson has clearly broken the Logan Act. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan stated that Jackson had probably broken the act. Jackson traveled to Cuba and Nicaragua that year and had returned with several Cuban political prisoners. Jackson was never charged.
It has become a custom for presidential candidates to establish their bona fides by visiting foreign leaders. They make statements about foreign policy and criticize the current leadership. John Kerry did it and was never charged.
Pelosi is the Speaker of the House. She pays the bills for the US. She has every right to go where she wants when she wants. She received that right when she was elected by a majority of voters.
Elections have consequences. Poor leadership by George Bush got the Republicans a good shellacking and Nancy Pelosi is the consequence.
That is the law.
There are a lot of laws I do not like. There are many people in government of whom I do not approve. It seems that there are many people that agree with me, and increasingly more that do not.
Many of those on both sides do not bother to vote. Under our system that is the only legal recourse we have. We all have to live under laws we would never have created or approved. Politicians who write laws and then selectively enforce them rule us. Some of us ordinary citizens, when selected and targeted by the extraordinary citizens, that hold government power, can be sent to prison and have our property taken for almost anything our oppressors care to charge us with. Scooter Libby is a current example, and he is far from being an ordinary citizen.
Nancy Pelosi is a very powerful elected US Governmental official and a leader of the most powerful political party in the United States. She is not covered under the Logan Act.
Where do you stand on Speaker Pelosi?