Friday, July 20, 2007

King Bush

At least that's what it sounds like to me:

"A U.S. attorney would not be permitted to bring contempt charges or convene a grand jury in an executive privilege case," said a senior official, who said his remarks reflect a consensus within the administration. "And a U.S. attorney wouldn't be permitted to argue against the reasoned legal opinion that the Justice Department provided. No one should expect that to happen."

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly, added: "It has long been understood that, in circumstances like these, the constitutional prerogatives of the president would make it a futile and purely political act for Congress to refer contempt citations to U.S. attorneys."

Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University who has written a book on executive-privilege issues, called the administration's stance "astonishing."

"That's a breathtakingly broad view of the president's role in this system of separation of powers," Rozell said. "What this statement is saying is the president's claim of executive privilege trumps all."

See in Bush's world, there is no separation of powers. There is Presidential authority and there are political opponents. That's it. Just like a game played by big children. That soldiers are dying everyday or that Americans are being denied basic rights is of no real consequence because when you're the king, no one holds you accountable. It is for this reason that I really do agree with opinions that suggest that Congress should make two very different policy choices.

1. Stop funding the Iraq war. Bush can't veto a troop withdrawal bill if there isn't one. In other words, if no bill is presented that funds the war effort, there will be no choice but to withdraw the troops. As long as they continue to pass short term war appropriations, boots will stay on the ground in Iraq. This could have the backlash in the media of Dems not "supporting the troops", but that's what stopped Viet Nam.

2. Impeach the President and the Vice President. These men have no concern for our country or our safety. They have abused their authority and misrepresented their offices in disgraceful ways. It's almost treasonous the way they silenced protests, bullied the media and basically made anyone that didn't agree with them scared. Mob politics. Bully opponents and lie to rake in the cash. It really is pathetic.

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