A good friend sent me this petition this morning. Take a look. Call on President Bush to Uphold the Constitution! For the past five years President Bush has virtually abandoned the use of the presidential veto. But during this same time he has used over 800 signing statements to avoid complying with newly passed laws. Tell President Bush, that like all Americans, he must abide by the Constitution>> President Bush has used "signing statements" to ignore laws passed by the Congress that ban torture. In fact throughout his presidency Bush has claimed the power to ignore over 800 laws passed by Congress. A signing statement is a written proclamation issued by the President that accompanies the signing of a law passed by Congress. President Bush has used these statements to indicate which pieces of the new law he intends to obey, and which he does not. As a result the President has given himself unchecked power to decide which parts of the law will be followed based on his interpretation of their constitutionality. This clearly violates the very checks and balances set out by the Constitution's signers. Already this administration has used over 800 signing statements as a means to nullify Congressionally passed legal restrictions on his actions. Among the laws Bush has challenged are a torture ban, oversight provisions in the USA Patriot Act, restrictions against using US soldiers to fight Colombian rebels, whistleblower protections for executive branch employees, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded scientific research. Remind President Bush that all Americans must abide by the Constitution http://go.care2.com/e/mOT/pZ/HWGS Let's use this Constitution Day, September 17th, to remind President Bush that all Americans must abide by the Constitution http://go.care2.com/e/mOT/pZ/HWGS With appreciation, Michael Lawley, Care2 and The Petition Site Ream And there is a lot more at the Petition Site. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/ Hoosier.