George W Bush may have damaged this Democracy beyond all repair.
The Constitution defines the powers of the Executive Branch and the Presidency. George W Bush took power beyond those which are defined in the Constitution.
As of now the President CAN spy on me, name me a terrorist, imprison me without trial and torture me until I confess to something. Should it give me any comfort that he promises not to do so? Or should I wait until some President (or his advisors) feel less squeamish about it?
With those new extra-Constitutional power, George W Bush became MORE THAN just a President. With the new and un-Constitutional powers of office, the Presidency under Bush became less Democratic and more Authoritarian.
For all intents and purposes, George W Bush was more than a man, but less than a God.
Now that President Obama holds the office, it is his duty to restore the powers of the Executive branch to their original status as defined within the Constitution.
So far, the Obama Administration has applied the same strategy Bush had been following to matters related to the Iraq-Torture scandal, all while telling us repeatedly, “No. Trust us. We will handle it. “
and we are supposed to believe them.
When George W Bush and his administration took new Executive Powers for themselves they let the Genie out of the bottle. Our job is to put the Genie back in.
So, what happens if POTUS Obama does not intend to abdicate the un-Constitutional powers of the executive branch that were illegally taken by the Bush Administration. What if he will not deny future Presidents the ability to name citizens “enemy combatants”. What if he will not deny our Government the ability to illegal spy on citizens without a specific warrant. What if he will not deny future Presidents the ability to torture when necessary. His Chief Of Staff has said as much. But he promises not to let it happen again.
President Obama, your promises are meaningless to me.
Your actions speak volumes.
The day I fully believe the promises of any politician is the day I pack my bags for the funny farm. Especially after the last President, and especially when I consider who may be the next one.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
If Obama does not CHANGE his view on this issue, I can no longer have any HOPE he will be able to administer his office as required under the Oath he swore to when he accepted it.
What matters more than our basic HUMAN RIGHTS? Tax code and global warming mean nothing to a man tied to a rack.
And if you can do it to somebody, you can do it to anybody.
To those who would say that this will mean the Republicans will win, I ask you, which should I prefer?
the straight road to hell?
or the scenic route?
If we can not hold Democrats accountable in any meaningful way, aren’t Republicans, ConservaDems and Pragmacrats the best we can ever hope for. If We The People do not get a fair say in our Democracy on the rule of law and basic human rights such as the right to see a doctor and form a union if we choose, what type of Democracy do we have? If the Corporations and Special Interests and the might of what is always the most politically expedient thing to do is what drive us we are lost. I can not move forward without the rule of law, can you?
If the GOP = 100% batshit insane/corrupt/status quo
and the Dems = 95% corrupt/status quo
what difference is there left? and what does it matter anymore?
I hope Obama gets this right before it is too late.
If he chooses not to get this right, he is 100% wrong, and no longer on the side of the Constitution. In effect, Obama will be just as guilty as Bush is.
IMHO, that is the BEST reason for Obama to push for prosecution. If not, he will have to cover his own ass down the line, for something he did not do, but allowed to go unpunished anyway.
President Obama, the choice is yours. Will you be the POTUS, or will you be like Bush, more than just a President but less than a God? Bare in mind, the choice is not yours to make, not if you truly respect the duty of your office.