Wednesday, January 11, 2006

More proof of the Imperial Presidency

Yet more examples of Dubya thinking hisself above the law. So his highness, who's never vetoed a bill, exercises a stealth veto: the bill still is in force, but just has no effect. Wonderful.

This is crazy. If Congress rolls over and takes it, accepting that the President, whenever he feels like it, can say, well, okay, but I'm going to do what I want - well, we've entered true depotism.

If the Congress - if the legislative branch of the government - is merely advisory, and the laws they pass are merely suggestions, we have reached a turning point.

For all the talk in American mythology and hagiography about the word "freedom," and the national belief we have that the Revolution made Americans "free," it should be said that neither George III, nor any British Monarch since Charles I, had ever claimed the power that Bush II has claimed.

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