Oregonian Notices Bush Might Have a Power Problem
Bush signs laws to ignore them From the Oregonian: "Last Sunday, Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe reported, from a compilation of presidential signing statements, that the administration has declared itself unbound by 750 laws passed by Congress, on the grounds that the laws violated its opinion of its own constitutional powers."
For a while now, liberal whiners like myself have been complaining that President Bush has seized control of the United States government, and that we now exist at his mercy. He believes he can arrest us for no cause, torture us, try us in secret, and execute us. He can even murder us out in the open without doing anything illegal. All he has to say is that it was a matter of national security – something he can decide for himself. He's the Decider, remember? In his own mind – and what a place that must be - he is not only above the law – he is the law. The cute part is that he’s so dumb and uninformed that he tries to make the case that this is how the Founding Fathers wanted it. This is the conclusion he has reached about the Constitution. The amazing part is that this sort of behavior in a leader, is exactly why we broke away from England in the first place. One other hint to our current President: The monarch we broke away from was also named George. Think about the beautiful symmetry in that. The other great confidence booster President Bush feels is that he believes God intended him to have these powers. Once again, even a quick glance at history reveals that many kings and dictators felt the same way.
You know a problem is getting pretty bad when the mainstream media starts to notice. You also know President Bush’s numbers are pretty low, if corporate newspapers like the Oregonian dare to speak out against power. The moment President Bush ignored his 750th law, the 4th Estate sprang into action. Years of journalistic instincts came alive to the idea that there was a problem here. Interestingly enough for you history fans, the paper that served up the story was from Boston. What’s that quote often attributed to Mark Twain? “History doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes.”
I wonder what the Founding Fathers would have thought about all this? Wait, they wrote about it in a little document called the Declaration of Independence. And W. will love the references to the Creator! No wait, on second thought, we better not show him this one. It might ruin his next bicycle ride:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.