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uses signing statements to decree
which laws apply to ... prohibited
from limiting the president's
George W. Bush's "signing statements," used to nullify key provisions
of new laws, are anathema to liberals and conservatives alike. His arrogant announcements
that he will not be bound by limits on his power
are strikingly imperial in tone, and
absolutely inappropriate within
the constraints of our form of government. www.writingresource.info/freedom.html
This administration, which scorns any obligation to disclose how federal power is being used...
has demonstrably overreached in its rather presumptive interpretations of the Constitution.
Responsible conservatives will
not stand idle while George III, tries to carve his niche as king.
Constitution specifies that Congress shall "make all laws" and that
"take care that the laws be faithfully executed." But Bush begs to differ...
When the "decider" begins to sound like the "dictator," all patriotic
Americans should be paying
close attention. The crude intimation that a president can ignore laws prohibiting torture
is what has led us to Abu Graibe, Hidartha, and worse.
It is heart-warming to see responsible conservatives finally speak out against allowing this this president
to overstep his authority. The claims that all power rests in the president and that checks and
balances are an archaic relic is dangerous and tantamount to treason.
No one is surprised to hear this
from those who normally are this
administration's critics, but perhaps the administration may listen
when they hear it from what is supposed to be their "base."
In fact, the Bush administration no longer has much of a base.
The Bush administration may well
continue to ignore these complaints, as well as cover up waste, fraud, and abuse---but they do so
at their own risk. They are
teetering on the brink.
The recent threats against the press would seem to indicate that this administration, now that it
controls all three branches of government, is intent on muzzling the fourth estate.
Those few who still consider Bush's extremist philosophy palatable, may begin to rethink their
position. Bush's claims that he is entitled to start wars, and his insistence that the Bill of Rights and the
constitution are quaint and optional, must certainly raise some concern. Bush's assertions that federal
agencies are not obliged to obey laws enacted by Congress is rank treason.
I hope the American Bar Association's bipartisan panel, in examining whether Bush's signing-statement policies conflict with the Constitution, produces a report sooner, rather than later. And I hope
our timid congress, guided
to duty by that legal advice, finally acts.
Evidently under this administration, torture, domestic wiretapping, and
the seizure of subjects to
be held indefinitely
has now become standard procedure
and are ostensibly "legal." This government feels no obligation to obey any law that Bush chooses to ignore.
Our constitution begs to differ.
Bush has encountered almost no effective resistance from his
own party with regard to his his power grabs. Republicans believe that the president
cannot be criticized even after he
breaking the law. And the Democratic leadership, with small exception, has been idle or absent
from the fray. Without action by the legislature or the courts, with
the press and congress press muzzled or cowed, our electoral process broken, and
our judiciary held hostage to
whims... what choices have we?
Jefferson provided some suggestions:
A little rebellion now and then...is a medicine necessary for the sound health
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), Letter to James Madison, 1787
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends
[life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...
Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence)
The silent majority has begun to speak, and there must be no surrender.