Bush on Constitution: “Just a GD Piece of Paper”

Bush viewing the Constitution - file photoCapitol Hill Blue — the political rag that doubles as a tin foil hat — is “reporting” that president George Bush responded to GOP concerns (behind a closed door, non-verifiable meeting) about the more onerous provisions of the Patriot Act renewal in a rather Cheney-like manner:

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

The author claims to have spoken to three people who can confirm the statement, so who knows if this will have legs (I have my doubts). Regardless, we here at Hammer of Truth don’t need much convincing that previous administration actions speak louder than these reported words when it comes to Bush’s view of the Constitution.

Update: Doug Thompson of CHB follows up with a defense editorial that unfortunately still leaves much to be desired. To their credit, they do address the anonymous sources I picked on them for:

In a political system where retaliation rules, you can’t expose corruption or misdeeds by depending entirely on those willing to allow use of their names. Without anonymous sources, the truth about Watergate would never have emerged. The Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting most often goes to a newspaper story or series of stories that depends heavily on use of anonymous sources.

However, I stand by my assertion that Capitol Hill Blue has had credibility problems in the past, and even Thompson has even acknowledged being conned. However, if there is a way for them to verify this article for us, we’re all ears.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. …and this damn paayper is “Charmin” soft. I’ll bet I can keep waipin my ass with it and nobody’ll notice- shiat, payper is payper riaght?

  2. Say what you will about Bush’s regard for the sanctity of the Constitution: Mrs. Bill Clinton WOULD use it for its “Charmin-soft” qualities. As in, her first order as Dictator of Amerika would be to get rid of that pesky First Amendment, and all of us who dare speak against her would be in re-education camps…

  3. *IF* the Hildabeast ever gets her talons on the pens on the desk in the Oval Office, Bush’s commentary will seem tame by comparison… is all I’m sayin’.

    Furthermore, I think Hillary can go f- hey, someone’s pounding on my doo

  4. Still trying to get confirmation on this quote; nowhere else on the Web, at least acc to Google, has this quote shown up in whole or in part, attributed to Bush’s lips … Doug T is usually pretty meticulous, but care is advised in spreading this one

  5. Glad to see it didn’t take long for someone to bring up something completely irrelevant to the discussion.. Good job Keith Rodgers.

    Anyways, I don’t really doubt that Bush said this. If he did indeed, it is scary as all hell.

    The Constitution is not just a piece of paper; it is the foundation of this country.

  6. Announcer, “In the red corner, the party which seeks to control your morals and wallet” and, in the blue corner, “the party which seeks to control your morals and wallet” The prize? The votes of the dumb asses that allow the two party systemmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!There is no loser in the two party game.

  7. Oh the duopoly!! I quote the late GREAT comedian Bill Hicks:

    I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. ‘I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.’ ‘I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.’ ‘Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!’ ‘Shut up! Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control. Here’s Love Connection. Watch this and get fat and stupid. By the way, keep drinking beer, you fucking morons.’

  8. What’s “irrelevant” about it, TDV? Anyone wit a brain in his head – which leaves out fans of Hillary – knows the woman would be FAR worse on civil rights than Bush is right now. And I don’t even like the guy, so don’t take it as defense of our current administration.

    Michelle – you left out “aaaand in THIS corner, the party that loves Soviet Russia-flavored social programs, political correctness, and McCain’s campaign finance ‘reform’!”, but it’s implied in the rest of your last post. Just wanted to get a dig in on the “Dem” wing of the 1 1/2 party system…

  9. Further reflection addition:

    Then again, when I raised similar bipartisan concerns over at FreeRepublic, I was called a “Constitution-hugger” – by one of the more virulent right-wingers on that same board. It wasn’t long after that I self-exiled myself from there; they could take anti-Hillary criticism all day long, but not one smidgen of “well, the Bush admin doesn’t seem too concerned about the Constitution”, so screw ’em.

    I shoulda known, but didn’t: Some Freepers are just as unhinged as DemocraticUnderground posters. Guess I just didn’t see it comin’.

  10. I always see these rabid screeds against Hillary Clinton, but I’ve yet to hear a reasoned argument as to why anyone thinks she would be “far worse on civil rights than Bush.”

    Care to make your point without spitting?

  11. Not only that, when people automatically bring up the Clintons as a knee-jerk reaction to Bush criticism I get the impression that they are really a closet Republican.

    Not only did you do it in reference to the main post Keith, you had to add extra digs at the Dems in reference to Michelle’s comment–which attacked both parties equally.

    After browsing your blog I can say that you ain’t fooling anyone, Keith. Well at least, you ain’t fooling me.

  12. Hillary did vote for the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, is wimping out on flag burning, and hates the Second Amendment. She is clearly no friend of the Constitution.

  13. Not to mention… she was the one pushing for universal health care. While at face value this seems all fine and noble, the costs would be astronomical and the quality of health care in this country would drop like a rock.

    But let’s face it, The Bushes and Clintons are buddies. Just look at old George and Bill hanging out and having a ball.

    Face it, we had 4 years of Bush Sr, 8 years of clinton, soon we’ll finish off with idiot Bush, then we’ll probably get 4-8 years of Hilary, and then ole Jeb will be looking around the corner for his turn when Hilary fucks it up.

    So at a minimum, we’ve already have 20 years of Bush-Clinton BS… and people want more?

  14. Not saying she is, but how is she relevant to a post about Bush possibly calling the Consitution a god damn piece of paper?

    I’m not defending Hillary. I just hardly see how she is relevant to Bush calling the Constitution a GD piece of paper–if he did indeed do it.

    It is this type of knee-jerk reaction that takes away from the real issue. Bush is the President and he possibly thinks the Constitution is “just a god damn piece of paper” that shouldn’t be waved in his face. That concerns me. The man is our leader.

  15. Dis,

    I like your “Save Tookie?? Uhh, what about this guy?!” title, but that’s not relevant either. : )

  16. I think actions speak louder than words and he has been no friend to the Constitution or Bill of Rights. As for the source I don’t know if I believe it.

    “The man is our leader.”

    To quote Hank Hill from King of The Hill

    “Not my president — I voted for Dole, Only thing he’s on is painkillers, and he earned it.”

  17. I’m a bona-fide, card-carrying LPer, Voter. I’m also the local LP chairman, a former and possibly future candidate, and I detest statism and socialism. It’s just,I can’t resist “digging” at Hillary AND Bush. It’s too much fun to leave either of them out. I don’t know what else to tell you; I have zero respect for either of these men. The ONLY Republican I would vote for, if I could, would be Ron Paul.

    BTW Rick, I hate to have to put it this bluntly: There is nothing “fine and noble” about universal health care. Just ask people who have to live with this failed idea.

    What’s next, though… a libertarian litmus test? If Boortz can’t pass it, then I don’t care to, either.

  18. Read Richard Poe’s book “Hillary’s Secret War”, Voter. The woman wanted the gov’t to be the Internet gateway, and I’ll bet you a crisp, worthless one-dollar bill she’d put the kibosh on talk radio – of BOTH persuasions – bloggers, underground newspapers, The Nation AND The American Spectator AND Reason AND Liberty AND the Wall Street Journal… and you and I and everyone else who does THIS stuff, would not be as free to speak out about her as we are now.

  19. One more, for further reflection and clarification:

    Michelle – I meant no dissing of you or your piece; I just can’t help but bash Hillary. It’s so much fun!

    DisVoter – after reading YOUR blog, and noting that you’re “slightly to the left of the current LP”, you might want to realize that some of us are to the RIGHT of the current LP. I have yet to meet someone who is 100% “libertarian”, and I doubt you have, either.

  20. “What’s next, though… a libertarian litmus test?”

    Point well taken. I probably looked too much into your comments.

    The thing that irks me is when people bring up something bad about the Democrats whenever a Republican is criticized and vice versa.

    I feel it indirectly lets the main person in question slide, in this case George Bush.

    My point was that Bush possibly thinks the Constitution does not matter. That is outrageous, especially considering he is the most powerful man in the world. If this story is true, there needs to be an up-roar. Hillary isn’t President (at least not yet–hopefully never) so why divert the attention from Bush by mentioning Hillary?

    When you do so it is counter-productive. That is what I was trying to say.

  21. Well, Voter… it’s just plain fun to bash Hillary. ANYTHING to keep that freak out of office is productive.

    My bad, it *was* a diversion, but after reading Poe’s book it just struck me why she likes John McCain – neither of these people think “free speech” extends into the world of politics.

    I certainly wasn’t giving what Bush *possibly* said any short shrift; the only caveat I have is, he’s supposedly a religious guy, and they generally don’t curse God like that. But I don’t think it’s completely outside the realm of possibility that he doesn’t much care for PARTS of the Constitution… a lot of people roll their eyes when someone brings it up. Sad, isn’t it?

  22. I was actually starting to dig this site untill my comment went poof-by-by. I don’t understand how it is that people project so much power onto Hillary. She has no chance at the White House except in the mind of the extreme right.

  23. We need to KEEP it that way, Fred. Personally, if I wanted to live in the country Hillary wants us to be, I’d just move there… but I doubt if North Korean winters would agree with my aching joints.

  24. Hello again.Corrected my URL.
    Now, over here we are supposed to have the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    According to that I can say anything, anywhere, in any format.
    My own personal Nero disagrees.
    In two days(according to the Demarche I received) he will start proceedings to seek an ‘injunction’ against me.
    You see, he needs my invention to save his company and make a fortune, so he is helping himself.
    I didn’t suffer this in silence, so he is going to try to use the state to shut me up.
    Oh, I would have to pay costs too.

  25. If this is true, then he needs to be impeached immediately!! Get him out of office and put him up for trial and inprisonment. He’s a risk to the security of our nation.