Whatever happened to the rule of law. You know, that basic principal upon which our country was founded--that no person is above the law--and that all laws on the books apply to all people?
I ask this as the saga of Roland Burris plays out on Capitol Hill. Burris is the Senate appointee by embattled Governor Rod Blagojovich to fill out the term of Barack Obama. This week, the Senate refused to allow Burris to take that seat--despite having no legal grounds to do so.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid--who isn't even the leader of the Senate (that is the Vice President--whose "real" job is President of Senate)--ordered the Senate Secretary to reject Burris's appointment papers because the Illinois Secretary of State hadn't signed them. The Secretary of State had no right to not sign the papers--and his signature is ceremonial anyway--so if it's not there, it shouldn't matter.
The law says the Governor of Illinois has the power to appoint Senate fill-ins. Rod Blagojovich is the governor of Illinois and he has made his appointment. That should be the end of the matter--Roland Burris is a Senator. So why do the Secretary of State, the Senate Secretary and the Senate Majority Leader all believe they have powers that supercede that law? Wasn't this the lesson we learned from Watergate? That nobody--not even the President--is above the law.
Just because you don't like a legal action, doesn't give you the right to ignore the result--or to block the result. If the people of Illinois didn't want Rod Blagojovich as their governor, making appointments for the US Senate--then they shouldn't have elected him--twice. Let's start holding our politicians accountable when they flaunt the law--and especially when they break it.