Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Runaway Executive

Somebody needs to take away his crayons.

President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

This is a very serious article written by Charlie Savage at the Boston Globe. Waytago Chuck, or as they will say at the Stenogr... er Correspondents Dinner, No Soup For You!!

Still, using words like disobey to describe a serial criminal is a little like putting lipstick on a pig. But see, our Prez Nit doesn't think he's breaking any laws. He doesn't veto anything. After he signs legislation, he breaks out his crayons and writes the real law. This makes him the Legislature-In-Chief. He can do this see, because he got a shiny new decoder ring from Battle Creek Michigan, that lets him judge what is constitutional. This also makes him a judge, or the Decider-In Chief.

The Rubber Stamp Republican controlled congress really don't want to make much of this highly illegal tactic since the Prez Nit is, well, a Republican. And midterms are so near. Democrats are just hoping for subpoena power that comes with being in the majority. Besides, it is pretty clear that congress is powerless to reign in this runaway executive, short of cutting all funding for his exploits or impeachment. It's clear that Bush thinks Congress' cute little laws are pretty irrelevant.

Good thing none of the laws the Prez Nit is violating are anything serious like murder or torture and shit. Oh wait, they are that bad. After torturing several prisoners the Administration decided they better get a legal okeydokey in case The dems ever got in control. As soon as they got their judicial "get out of jail free" card sewed up it was croney city. One of the judges that gave them permission was awarded the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court nomination four days later. The judge who originally came up with the signing statement idea got the other seat, Sam Alito.

The idea that America does not torture is lost on this Prez Nit. John Yoo, a key legal architect in Bush's post 9/11 soft dictatorship shares this chilling theory:

Cassel: If the President deems that heÂ’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the personÂ’s child, there is no law that can stop him?
Yoo: No treaty.
Cassel: Also no law by Congress. That is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo.
Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.
(emphasis mine)

Dear reader, Yoo is referring to you. The Prez Nit can declare you an enemy combatant, throw you in jail with no charges, no lawyers, no judges, nada. He doesn't have to notify congress and he can drag your kid in front of you and start to mash his testicles. Or do unmentionables to your sweet little girl. Our fourth estate is nothing but stenographers of the Bushit cocktail weeney circuit. If it weren't for guys like Chuck and Sy and a few over at Newsweak and a handful of blogs, we wouldn't know about this stuff. It's time to get active locally. Do what you can to get progressives elected so we can put a stop to this outrage. Had Enough?

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