It is the Executiveâ€™s constitutional responsibility [duty] to check the powers of the other two branches overreach with such things as the Church Committe & FISA
Bullshit. The president's job is to faithfully execute his office and to enforce the laws - not to wirte puerile signing statements that claim he is not subject to the laws.
The Framers had full knowledge of the struggle between the Executive (monarchy) and Legislative (Parliament) in England during the 17th century. Indeed, Charles I made claims very similar to those advanced by Addington, Yoo and Gonzales - and parroted by Bush, to whit: the claim to rule by Divine Right and the claim that The King Can Do No Wrong - both positions having been articulated by Bush.
In 1649, Parliament settled this argument once and for all by separating Charles Stuart's head from his shoulders.
It is ridiculous to propose that having recently dethroned a monarch - the Framers were in any hurry to set another atop a throne. This is why the Legislature has primacy among the three branches of government. The Congress may remove a president. The president has no such reciprocal powers.
What Hamilton thought matters not. As Justice Kennedy put it so succintly at his keynote address to the ABA in August:
The rule of law is binding upon the government and all of its officials
This means you, Mr . President.Comment Posted By robert lewis On 19.01.2007 @ 10:09
Okay, folks - help me out here:
Freedum isnt free. The price of liburty is constant survaylance. Besides, what do you have to hide? If your not a terorest you will be fine, otherwise we get rid of you in some camp where you belong! As long as bush fights this war for vistury any and all sacrafises must be made to inshure securitty. Mcain in 08!
Is this guy like the greatest satirist since Johnathan Swift, or is he really the friggin' stupidest man alive, e.g., "liburty" - "survaylance" - "terorest" -"vistury" - "sacrafises" - "inshure"? I can't tell - and that "Mcain in 08" - that's priceless!!Comment Posted By robert lewis On 18.01.2007 @ 16:55
IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO TODAY, WHY DIDNâ€™T THE ADMINISTRATION COME UP WITH THIS â€œINNOVATIVEâ€ ARRANGEMENT WITH THE FISA COURT FROM THE BEGINNING?
Because as long as Congressional oversight was being done by See No, Hear No and Speak No - the Evil Bros - the White House didn't give a shit whether or not the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 was being followed or not - in spite of the fcat that under the Act, each warrantless wiretap is a federal felony with a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Apparently someone pointed out to The Deciderer that 1,000 warrantless wiretaps could = 5,000 years in the slammer and a $10,000,000.00 fine - and the fcat that someone could actualy do jail time finally sank in to even the swamp-filled morass that is George Bush's brain.
Problem for Bush is violations of law have already taken place - and the statute of limitatitions has not run.Comment Posted By robert lewis On 18.01.2007 @ 12:23
Ah - the NEW, IMPROVED GOP!! The party of the Christian Right, Torture & Pedophilia! The party opposed to Gay Marriage and Evolution, the party of The Former Confederacy!
My biggest worry before the election was the fear that some Republicans would have enough brains to figure out that if they dumped Rumsfeld and lead the impeachment of Bush & Cheney, they could position themselves as the Reform Party for '08 and retain the White House.
I shouldn't have worried - there's not a functioning brain cell as far as the eye can see.Comment Posted By robert lewis On 10.11.2006 @ 15:23
The Bush Administration will break all records for corruption. Custer Battles is just the tip of the ice-berg. Look at Halliburton. They've billed $9 Billion in unbid contracts. Halliburton was nearly bankrupt due to Cheney's failure to do due diligence when he bought asbestos-related companies. Halliburton has billed about $4,000,000.00 for every dead GI. Cheney's personal stock options have gone from $250K to $8 Million - so Dick "I Had Other Priorities" Cheney has personally profited to the tune of $3,400.00 for every dead GI.
These guys have never seen a sleazy deal they didn't like. DeLay, Frist, Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld: common criminals each and every one, but wrapped in the flag and the false glow of evangelical Christians who support them for their repressive social strategies.
If Thomas Jefferson were alive he would be leading the revolt against these thieves.Comment Posted By robert lewis On 20.03.2006 @ 17:30
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