Monday, June 26, 2006

Bush Ignores McCain's Torture Law

President Bush looked right into the camera and said, "America does not torture." It was a moment of moral clarity, except for one little problem: He was lying. Not only did President Bush fight John McCain's attempts to ban torture, but once Congress passed the law, President Bush - as our nation's self-proclaimed Decider - simply chose to ignore it, along with 750 other laws. Did I say laws? I meant suggestions. This man doesn't veto legislation he disagrees with - he just makes the decision on his own that the statutes don't count. Folks, I enjoy the back and forth with Right Wing Bush supporters, on a variety of issues, but I truly have to wonder how anybody with even a 7th grade understanding of American History would not detect something very wrong here? Maybe for a deeper glimpse at what we're going through, you should Google search for "Screw-Up Son Absolute Monarchy", or "Our Forefathers Tyranny King George." How does this one man get to decide America's stance on torture? Americans have died fighting on foreign shores so that this country would stand for something. How could this one person trample on that? And don't try and play the moral equivalency card on the torture issue either, just because your Viagra-popping buddy Rush Limbaugh told you it was only hazing. This wasn't simply some renegades putting hoods on detainees in one prison in Iraq. The United States of America has tortured people to death during this conflict. That is as bad as it gets, whether you're from Iraq or Madras, and you'd think we'd do something about it. For Christ sake, whatever happened to right and wrong? We have to be able to look the world in the eye and say we don't torture, and unlike President Bush, we have to mean it. John McCain thought he had this solved, but our current President believes he is the law, and he alone makes those decisions. And I'll go one further. I don't think Cheney and Bush are motivated solely by any real desire to keep us safe. I think they're just enamored of the power. What we have here with Bush is a sociopathic dictator in the guise of a morally righteous man. For the life of me, I can't figure out why the Right Wing falls for it.
Bush ignores laws he inks, vexing Congress - Yahoo! News


At 11:06 PM, Blogger activist kaza said...

Bill, I am so glad you are posting on this tonight...I was gonna do the same but focused on some more mundane local stuff (like how we run our Oregon democracy).

It's heartening to see that Congress is holding hearings; less heartening is Spector's statement towards the end of the article you cite...basically throwing up his hands and conceding that there may be little Congress can ultimately do about it.

That's why I support Sen. Feingold's censure resolution, and it's time Americans woke up to the fact that the biggest damage Bush is doing to us (long term) may be his unprecedented "power grab" for the Executive branch.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

You guys/gals take this way too seriously. Don't you know that the Bushies have discovered a little-known memo from Madison to Jefferson which clearly states that The Constitution is only a guideline?

Of course, the actual memo has been classified so it can't be, as Bush would say, "missunderstanded".


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